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Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

B.C. implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code Groupofworkerslight

On Feb. 6, 2018, British Columbia’s minister of Labour appointed a panel to review, and provide recommendations for amending the Labour Relations Code. The review panel was directed to conduct public consultations, consider recent labour law developments and to assess labour issues in the context of “a growing, sustainable economy with fair laws for workers and businesses.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Quebec to increase immigration levels after promised cuts | Colin Singer

Quebec’s provincial government has announced plans for immigration levels to increase every year for the next three years. By 2022, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) plans to increase annual Quebec immigration to above 50,000 under all categories. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

France prohibits case analysis using deep learning Gears inside head

Algorithms can rewrite themselves through a process called deep learning. Our limited ability to fully understand and control how deep learning algorithms function have led some jurisdictions to consider how to limit the use of new artificial intelligence technologies. Last month, France amended Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act, making it illegal to use a judge’s name for the purpose or effect of evaluating, analyzing, comparing or predicting his or her professional behaviour. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Wrongful dismissal update: Aggravated damages are aggravating employers frustratedmansitting.jpg

Increasingly, plaintiff counsel in wrongful dismissal actions are claiming aggravated damages for an employer’s failure to act in good faith. These damages can relate to an employer’s pre-termination or post-termination conduct. This development is significant in the evolution in the law of wrongful dismissal. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

B.C. implements employee-friendly changes to Employment Standards Act peoplestanding

On April 29, 2019, British Columbia’s minister of Labour introduced Bill 8, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019 (Bill 8). Bill 8 received royal assent on May 30 and resulted in significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

Privacy compliance for political parties: Focus on digital media personal_information_sm

The efforts of our federal government to protect democracy in the upcoming election have a manifest incongruity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Absent exceptional circumstances, 24 months high end of reasonable notice twoyearcalendar.jpg

Early this year, we wrote about Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company 2018 ONSC 3130, a case in which the Ontario Superior Court of Justice substantially extended the traditional 24-month upper limit on the reasonable notice period for an older, long-term, senior manager who was unable to secure comparable employment. The motion judge awarded 30 months’ notice and stated that, if asked, he would have awarded 36 months. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

No winners in wrongful dismissal appeal decision caution_tape_sm

Most of the time, litigation produces a victor. But the victor isn’t always a winner. And sometimes there are no winners. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]