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Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 8:26 AM

‘Visas’ and ‘status’: The difference and why it matters visa_american_sm

Canadians enter the U.S. as visitors without any formal documentation, other than Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant identification documentation (such as a passport or other approved secure document). Unlike the rest of the world, they are visa exempt. Some citizens of certain other countries have their visa requirements waived, but only Canadians are visa exempt. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you recall in our previous column, we looked at conducting audits to measure where you are in certain areas. In part two of this installment we are going to take a look at what you can do with that information to become more profitable. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Standard of review post-Dunsmuir: Reasonable or incorrect? | Heather MacIvor

In spring 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada signalled a seismic change in its jurisprudence on administrative law. It granted leave to hear three appeals — two of which were later merged into one — and invited submissions on the standard of review. The appeals were heard in December 2018, and the decisions finally issued on Dec. 19, 2019, (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66). ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:07 AM

Nice gig, if you can get the work permit gig_economy_sm

The labour market may be shifting from one characterized by stable, permanent employment to a “gig economy” where temporary or contracted employment, freelancing, contingent work and remote work is the new norm. "Work" in a gig economy includes any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration such as temporary contract work or freelance work. It can also include a side job or informal activity for pay. In the gig economy, independent workers may be paid by the “gig” rather than receive a salary or wage for their services. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 2:37 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

SCC rewrites standard of review framework for administrative law in landmark trilogy Aubin Calvert

In a bid to enhance clarity, predictability and access to justice in a muddled area of law that impacts many Canadians, seven of nine judges of the Supreme Court of Canada have collaborated to devise a new standard of review framework which emphasizes that courts should presumptively exercise deference when overseeing administrative decision makers, while also retaining “limited” scope for correctness review. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Singapore Convention a big boost for international mediation global_handshake_sm

The mediation of commercial disputes has been common practice in North America for several years, but its popularity has lagged elsewhere, particularly for cross-border disputes. That may change as this past August, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements resulting from Mediation opened for signature. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Case a reminder law firms must have comprehensive conflicts system conflict_of_interest_sm

A Federal Court judge, citing Lawson Lundell LLP’s failure to take adequate or timely measures to prevent information confidential to a dispute from being shared internally in the face of a conflict of interest, has disqualified the firm from acting on judicial review applications against the party to whom the information belonged. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Legal developments with contractors in gig economy Kidworkingonmac3.jpg

Workers who are under a high degree of control are actually employees in the eyes of the law. That is regardless of the fact that they may have been misclassified as independent contractors by their employer. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Immigrants ‘flagpoling’ for fast immigration services | Colin Singer

Temporary residents are increasingly turning to “flagpoling” to receive fast immigration services such as a work permit or new permanent residence status.  ... [read more]