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Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 8:50 AM

Return to work: A privacy balancing act woman_opendoor_sm

According to the recent IAPP-EY Survey Report (APP Survey) titled, Privacy in the Wake of COVID-19, 39 per cent of companies are concerned about their privacy obligations related to the collection of employee health information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Alberta follows Ontario sanctioning ‘upstream’ litigation by videoconference online_trial_sm

In the recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision of Sandhu v. Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Alberta 2020 ABQB 359, Justice Michael Lema found authority in the Alberta Rules of Court and applied recent Ontario authority, among others, to authorize cross-examination on affidavits by videoconference, or “remotely,” given the exigencies of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Why COVID-19 has potential to put me out of business threemen

If you know me, or know of me, you will know that I am committed to doing the right thing in my recruitment practice, even if that means doing something where there is no real financial gain. I look for the best in the candidates that I represent and the firms that I work with to see where their paths align. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

In case of emergency, break glass: New priorities for governing boards business_continuity_sm

What has been painfully clear from the COVID-19 outbreak is that businesses across the world are facing existential threats from unforeseen forces. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

History made in Ontario courts: Final thoughts youtube_court_sm

In my last article in this series, I noted that in Nation Rise Wind Farm Limited Partnership v. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2020 ONSC 2335 judicial review, the Divisional Court held that the minister’s decision was unreasonable and the process by which he reached his decision breached procedural fairness. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Welcome to post COVID-19 brave new world of work Pugonlaptop.jpg

Plans have emerged for some industries and businesses to return to work, while many others await further information and the “green light” from their provincial governments. While both law and medical data are at the forefront of any decision, each individual business will have its own unique factors to consider, including whether they are a large or small business, whether they have the facility and capability to safely return some or all of their staff, and possibly whether returning to the workplace now, or at some later date in the future even makes sense — yes, some businesses are considering permanent work from home (WFH) practices! ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Litigation risk in COVID-19 environment: Class actions and more risk_liability_sm

As we discussed in the first article in this series, the economic and strategic considerations affecting organizations’ litigation decisions are shifting because of COVID-19. For example, class action activity in the first few months of the pandemic already includes: ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

B.C. looking at amending, updating legislation on protection of personal information Keri Bennett, Roper Greyell LLP

Lawmakers in B.C. are undertaking a review of the province’s legislation on protection of personal information, with a view to bring it more in line with modern concerns surrounding sharing of information and privacy. An all-party committee of the legislature was established in February to seek input from British Columbians on the effectiveness of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act governs how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 4:27 PM - Last Updated: Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 4:49 PM

Trudeau pledges employment, financial help for people with disabilities, more aid for provinces Justin_Trudeau_sm

The federal government is offering employment support and financial aid to people with disabilities to help them cope with the fallout from COVID-19 and will give billions to the provinces and territories as part of Canada’s economic restart.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Quebec investor reform will change business immigration | Colin Singer

The Quebec government’s decision to delay the opening of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program until at least April 2021 signals a significant change in direction for the province and for Canada’s business immigration landscape. ... [read more]