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Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Employer liability for employees who drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis

For many people, driving an automobile is a daily part of their work routine, either for getting to and returning from work, or for performing the duties of their employment. We do not propose here to examine an employer’s civil or criminal liability in situations where employees go about these activities in a normal way. Rather, we wish to examine a specific situation that unfortunately is fraught with serious risks for all concerned: an employer’s liability where an employee drives an automobile while intoxicated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

William Shatner and the tort of appropriation of personality william_shatner_sm

William Shatner has objected to the unauthorized use of his name and image to promote a condominium project in Hamilton in a case that if litigated, could shed light on a rarely addressed cause of action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

Top court reaffirms mandatory unpaid standby shifts are unreasonable

In the recently rendered decision, Association of Justice Counsel v. Canada (Attorney General) 2017 SCC 55, the Supreme Court of Canada reaffirmed two important realities of labour law. First, labour arbitrators are owed deference when deciding on issues relating to the interpretation of collective agreements. Second, the balancing of interests approach is the proper framework to assess whether a policy implemented by the employer that affects employees is a reasonable exercise of management rights. ... [read more]

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

YouTube and broadcasting: Applying Libel and Slander Act to Internet youtube_broadcast_sm

The Internet has been in common use for over 25 years now and for nearly all of that time people have been complaining about things that are written about them on the internet and going to their lawyers demanding relief. Despite the passage of time, however, neither the courts nor the legislature have declared definitely whether the protections and notice periods under the Libel and Slander Act apply to defamatory postings on the Internet. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Employers need to review policies in wake of Ontario’s labour law changes: experts Laura Williams, Williams HR Law

Labour and employment experts are saying Ontario employers have a “steep learning curve” ahead of them in order to prepare for the onslaught of new changes brought about by the provincial government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

How Canadian businesses can boost ownership of clean tech IP clean_tech_sm

As worldwide demand for clean technologies increases, Canadian businesses are in a unique position to capitalize on the expertise of our researchers to build companies that are true innovation leaders. ... [read more]

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Ontario adding social condition, other protected grounds to Human Rights Code

With the substantial changes to employment and labour laws debated and passed in 2017, proposed changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code”) have received little attention. If passed, it would add immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records, and social condition as protected human rights grounds. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Consent, non-identifying info should be reviewed with rise of Internet of Things, prof says Sam Trosow sm

How many items in your life are collecting personal data about you? ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

U.S. court issues injunction on SCC global deindexing order

The Supreme Court of Canada’s controversial decision to issue a global deindexing order in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. 2017 SCC 34 has hit a significant roadblock. In a recently issued ruling (Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc., Case No. 5:17-cv-04207-EJD (N.D. Cal. 2017), a U.S. Federal Court has issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the Supreme Court’s order in the United States. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: The implications crypto_currency_sm

Similar to the way money is stored in a bank, cryptocurrency can be stored in forms of ‘cryptocurrency wallets’ where sensitive information is encrypted and securely stored. If an owner of a bitcoin uses an online wallet, also known as an “exchange”, the exchange provider stores the encrypted information on behalf the owner. Despite this popular method of storing cryptocurrency, exchanges are considered the weakest link in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. ... [read more]