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Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Articling interview ‘rules’ for women law graduates | Jasmine Daya

There were unspoken rules for females when I was in law school about what to say or more accurately what not to say during articling interviews. I graduated from law school 13 years ago, so I cannot say with certainty that these “rules” still exist, but I would be surprised if they had suddenly disappeared given the glacial pace of change in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

Workplace drug testing must link to an incident, says union lawyer of N.L. appeal

Valid workplace drug policy only works with valid employee testing, says a lawyer following the reinstatement of an oil rig worker fired for failing a test given after mistakes were made in the loading and unloading of a helicopter. The July 24 Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador decision in Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization v. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 2121 2018 NLCA 45 centred on one of two related union grievances objecting to the testing of employees of an offshore oil platform. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Live-streaming Uber dash cam part of much bigger problem dash_camera_sm

Many people are aware of the term “sharing economy” and often think of Uber as the poster child of such a platform. However, many (if not all) passengers of Uber and other ride-sharing services would likely be horrified to learn that their ride, and their conversations inside the vehicle, were being filmed and broadcast online for the whole world to watch. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Make sure you can justify those restrictive covenants in employment agreements | Stuart Rudner

Is it fair to use a non-competition clause to shut someone out of an industry? What about a non-solicitation clause? Will courts even enforce such restrictions? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

In-house department growth requires sound ‘business case,’ legal expert says Paula Pepin

Numbers: growing or creating an in-house legal department all comes down to the numbers on balance sheets, budgets and invoices, legal experts say.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Increased border biometrics boosts security but also privacy concerns biometrics_border_sm

In an effort to enhance the integrity of the Canadian immigration system, the federal government began collecting biometric data from foreign nationals of specific countries applying for temporary residence in 2013. The information may then be shared between countries in order to expand the scope of security screenings, while also giving rise to privacy concerns. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Attitude adjustment: U.S. politics affecting Canadians crossing the border american_border_sm

As NAFTA negotiations near the one-year mark and Canada and the U.S. continue to push their own trade agendas, the friendly historic relationship between Canada and the U.S. appears frighteningly fragile at the moment. Many Canadians are taking a “prepare for the worst” approach to heading across the border, and some — but not all — of this caution is merited. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

International coalition investigating cryptocurrency tax evasion, money laundering bitcoin_investigation_sm

The Wild West days of cryptocurrency and tax evasion are on the wane. Bitcoin, ethereum, dash and other digital currencies are now firmly in the crosshairs of worldwide tax authorities: the burning issue, of course, is the loss of tax revenue occurring from unreported cryptocurrency transactions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Quebec decision backs a litigant’s right to compel participation hire_lawyer_sm

The Superior Court in Roy Métivier Roberge inc. c. CGE Groupe conseil inc., 2018 QCCS 3048 reminded litigants that access to justice has a corresponding obligation to participate, even in defence, and upheld a plaintiff’s ability to enforce defendants’ compliance with that obligation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Blockchain solutions, smart contracts and jobs for lawyers Open_palms_sm.jpg

Many tech enthusiasts postulate that blockchain will bring about the end of the intermediary, and with this, the end of the lawyer. ... [read more]