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Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

Climate-related financial disclosure in spotlight Industrialpollution.jpg

Many companies in various sectors consider the potential revenue from climate-related opportunities to be higher than the financial impacts of climate-related risks, which are likely to emerge within five years. This is one of the conclusions drawn from the Global Climate Analysis published in June by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

Staunching RCMP harassment culture Woman pushing back

Despite the fact that a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Merrifield v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 ONCA 205, found that there is currently no tort of harassment at common law, mounting societal pressure and changing cultural attitudes have catalyzed numerous lawsuits relating to workplace harassment in Canada and beyond. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Transfer for processing under PIPEDA a use, not a disclosure data_transfer_sm

The key determination underlying the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s June re-launch of its Consultation on transfers for processing is whether a transfer to a data processor under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is a use or a disclosure.  ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

Three Nunavut initiatives to aid access to justice, families get $1.8 million in funding

Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti on July 29 announced a total of $1.8 million in new funding for three Nunavut initiatives to increase access to justice and support the well-being of women and children. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Kawhi faces Nike in copyright challenge basketball player

Recently the lawsuit commenced by Kawhi Leonard against Nike and Nike’s response have attracted significant attention. The dispute also involves some interesting and recurring copyright issues. ... [read more]

Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

M&A transactions: Employment continuity in Quebec people_arrows_sm

Labour and employment issues can be significant in the context of the sale of a company. While employment costs may be expensive to assume and some businesses may have a too large or inefficient workforce, continued employment may also prove critical to the long-term success of a business. One of the primary issues that arises in the context of a merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction is therefore whether the vendor’s employees will stay on with the purchaser. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

M&A risk insurance becoming the new normal risk_insurance_sm

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be a double-edged sword. When done right, M&A can allow acquirers to scale their businesses and create value through synergies. When done poorly, M&A can result in drastic overpayments for assets that are not nearly as valuable as believed and for economies of scale that are very difficult to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

Employee entitled to withdraw ‘equivocal’ resignation, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of an employee who rescinded her retirement notice but was still asked not to return to work. The court ruled this was a wrongful dismissal and awarded the appellant 12 months’ pay in lieu of notice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Merger challenge shows Competition Bureau focus on digital economy | Julius Melnitzer

Canada’s new Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, appointed just four months ago, has taken little time to make his mark as a man of his word. ... [read more]