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Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Flexible paid time off under agreement distinct from personal emergency leave workersoncalendar_sm.jpg

An arbitrator recently ruled that an employee’s personal emergency leave entitlements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are separate from an employee’s floater days under a collective agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Privacy culture: The new corporate redesign privacy_culture_sm

The rise in privacy breaches has caused consumers to become increasingly concerned about the way in which organizations are handling their personal information. As consumers experience a paradigm shift towards the need for trust and transparency before handing over their personal information, organizations need to adjust the way they perceive compliance with privacy legislation and standards. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Risks of moving or residing outside U.S. with a green card dissolving_greencard_sm

With Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status (or green card status) in the U.S. comes the privilege of residing in the U.S. What may be less obvious is the responsibility to live in the U.S. that also accompanies it. When one leaves, there is a process to undertake to abandon status, or maintain it. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Small steps in securing corporate accountability corporate_legaladvise_sm

Corporate accountability remains a tenuous subject for jurists in Canada and across the western world. The recent Chevron case in Canada (Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp. 2018 ONCA 472) is evidence of that. Jurists are grappling with developing a legal theory that will hold corporations accountable, and yet allow them to enjoy distinct legal personalities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration robot_business_sm

Fans of The Terminator series understand “Judgment Day” as the day that the artificial intelligence Skynet becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear strike, killing three billion people in its wake. While this is the material of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision making is a part of our reality and already deployed in myriad ways whether we know it or like it. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

Court’s decision sends ‘clear message’ not to downplay seriousness of sexual assault: lawyer Amanda Montague-Reinholdt sm

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed an application for judicial review of grievances against the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) brought by a border services officer who was sexually harassed and assaulted by a co-worker. The decision is significant, counsel for the applicant said, as it confirms language used to describe sexual harassment matters.     ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Seven practical tips for lawyers seeking board positions seven_tips_sm

Here are seven practical tips for lawyers who want to pursue a board position. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

The Coach: Law firm leadership by empowerment | Gary Mitchell

Law firm leadership is often talked about and has been for some time. Yet we still find very little progress on this front. If you’ve read my column before you will note a very practical, common sense and simple approach that I take with my clients. Keep it simple, because simple works. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Cannabis: What employers need to know Usethisone

Law firms, like many other employers across Canada, are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout from the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Watch out when buying real estate with pre-incorporation contracts commercial_agreement_sm

Many purchasers of commercial real estate will elect to execute purchase agreements on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a number of reasons including income tax efficiency, liability avoidance and the need to tie up the property where time is of the essence. ... [read more]