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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 08:20 AM

The problem with a 'right to disconnect' law

France greeted 2017 by ushering in a new law that could see workplace e-mails banned after the office shuts down for the day. Under the requirements of what is commonly called the right to disconnect, companies with more than 50 employees must create a charter of good conduct that spells out when staff should and should not respond to e-mails. The intent of France’s law is to bring more life back to the work/life balance in a digital age. It may be a legislative approach that catches on. At the very least, it may send organizations scrambling to review their employment practices. ... [read more]

Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

A 10-year look at Quebec’s corporate governance act

On Dec. 14, 2006, the National Assembly of Québec unanimously adopted the Act respecting the Governance of State-owned Enterprises, with the stated goal to bring proactive changes in the composition, functioning and responsibilities of the boards of directors of state-owned corporations. Its assent sent out a strong message that those enterprises had to become a governance model for the business community. ... [read more]

Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

Litigation funding for high-stakes commercial suits coming | Julius Melnitzer

In a sure sign of desperate times for general counsel and in-house law departments, litigation funding is coming into its own — although it is just starting make a dent in Canada. The desperate part is that cost constraints are failing. It’s not that GCs haven’t been trying. The legal press has been awash for some years now with self-congratulatory back-slapping so rampant it risks breaking the collarbone of the backslappers themselves.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 02:21 PM

In-house counsel need more visibility, conference hears

In-house legal teams need to get out of the shadows and become strategic advisers so as to add value to the companies they are there to help. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 04:01 PM

Will NAFTA be trumped? Experts at trade roundtable discussion are doubtful CCCA

Should Canadian businesses be concerned about recent talk from U.S. President Donald Trump about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that came into effect in 1994? ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

Canadian companies struggling to adjust to anti-spam law Peter Clausi and Heather Innes

Canadian companies are still struggling to come to grips with Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) that came into effect July 1, 2014. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 08:59 AM

Riding the wave of change

Eureka moments cannot be scheduled, but they can be fostered. It may appear to take only seconds for a brilliant idea to emerge, the perfect solution to arise, or separate issues to jell into a cohesive whole. The reality, however, is that ongoing innovation needs a solid foundation from which to grow and thrive. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 09:13 AM

Law firms never talk about financial performance – here’s why they should | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to revealing financial results, Canadian law firms continue to envelope themselves in the tightest cocoon possible.Unlike many American and British firms, our homegrown firms, the ones whom the global behemoths have not absorbed and who have most of their lawyers in Canada — including heavyweights like Blake, Cassels & Graydon; Borden Ladner Gervais; Goodmans; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; Stikeman Elliott; and Torys — are downright squeamish about anything to do with their financial performance, be it revenue, profits, or profits per equity partner (PEP) and associate salaries. ... [read more]

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Investment industry demands clarity on best interest standards | Nadia Campion

On Dec. 6, 2016, investment industry stakeholders from across Ontario participated in a roundtable discussion with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in respect of its proposed introduction of new regulatory standards aimed at enhancing the duties and obligations of investment advisers, firms and other registrants toward their clients. ... [read more]

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

Media relations isn't marketing, and that's just the first mistake lawyers make | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to maximizing the benefits of good media relations, many Canadian law firms haven’t quite got it yet. For those of you who are thinking, “What are you talking about? The profession’s marketing savvy has come a very long way” — you’re making my point. What a lot of law firms still don’t seem to understand is that marketing and media relations are two distinct arts. Lumping them together is akin to shoving an admiralty lawyer and an entertainment lawyer into the same pigeonhole. ... [read more]