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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

High-profile organizations could be in cross-hairs of OPC bulldog_watchdog_sm

As we previously noted, the OPC has increased its call for legislative reform in light of Facebook’s failure to implement the OPC’s recommendations. The OPC also launched a consultation on transborder dataflows after asserting a change of position in respect of transfers for processing in its Report of Findings into Equifax’s privacy practices. However, as we discuss below, as of the filing of this article the ground has shifted again with the announcement of a federal “Digital Charter” and the withdrawal or postponement of the OPC’s consultation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Law around service animals Service Dog

The recent increase in media reports regarding requests by individuals to access their service animals, or “therapy pets” or “compassion pets” in the course of their employment and in accessing services has caused various organizations to consider their responsibility to accommodate staff and clients who require the use of a guide dog or service animal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 3:11 PM

Quebec consumer law does not apply to sale of prescription drugs, Appeal Court rules Marianne Ignacz

In a resounding victory for the pharmaceutical industry, the Quebec Court of Appeal held that the province’s consumer protection law does not apply to the sale of prescription drugs, jettisoning a legal avenue a growing number of class action plaintiffs were using to sue the industry. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:37 AM

Non-resident executors: From ancillary grants to foreign trusts foreign_cash_sm

In our last article in this series, we talked about some of the tax and non-tax-related considerations that may arise when an estate has foreign executors or other legal representatives. Here are the remaining considerations. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through financial management | Gary Mitchell and Mayur Gadhia

How well can your law firm answer these three questions? What does your cash flow look like for the next week/month? How close to budget are your actual income and expenses? What is each lawyer’s realization rate/billable hours? ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Wrongful dismissal: How to reduce employer’s legal risk Firingsomebodylinedrawing.jpg

What is a wrongful dismissal? If an employer terminates an employee and does not provide adequate notice of termination then there is a wrongful dismissal. Almost all employers provide no notice of termination and instead provide the employee with termination pay and these terminations are wrongful. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Office of Privacy Commissioner taking an aggressive stance bulldog_watchdog_sm

In this two-part series of articles, we examine how two recent reports by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) appear to be part of a larger strategy by the OPC to try to obtain both legislative changes to strengthen the privacy protections in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (or to obtain the same result by unilaterally interpreting PIPEDA) and to obtain further powers for the OPC. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 2:03 PM

Boards’ sustainability policies help ensure supply chain transparency, panel says John_Coyne_Helle_Bank_Jorgensen_Peter_MacKay_sm

Creating sustainable sourcing policies and doing due diligence on all components of a company’s supply chain can keep boards, and their reputation, intact during times of crisis, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference said, while pointing to the importance of transparency. ... [read more]

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Changes to averaging agreements may strain employer-employee relationships Confused group

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives took power in the provincial election, they proposed many changes to the way in which Ontario was to be governed. To make these changes, the Ford government tabled many bills, one of which was the omnibus Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019. ... [read more]