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Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Innovative law school will provide much-needed disruptive change | Fernando Garcia

A 21st century economy and society require a 21st century legal profession that delivers on access, equity and diversity, economic growth, and employment - just the sort of law school that Ryerson University is proposing. This is not about Ryerson wanting a law school, as Mark Bourrie contends in the March 1st edition of The Lawyer’s Daily; it is about an innovative university responding to significant changes sweeping both the legal profession and society at large. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Victims of ‘sexting’ should be supported, not disciplined sexting_victim_sm

People have an infinite capacity for thwarting their own careers. The fact that they sometimes do so by inappropriately sexting (i.e., sending sexual messages, sometimes with photos or videos, via a digital device) is therefore not surprising. Rarely, however, are the victims of inappropriate sexual conduct subject to discipline. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 8:31 AM

Balanced response key to workplace sexual misconduct allegations tightrope_workplace_sm

Addressing and responding to sexual misconduct in the workplace is complex and involves many facets. The #MeToo movement has underscored: (i) the fact that until recently many complainants have been hesitant to come forward while still employed for fear, among other things, of reprisal; and thus (ii) the importance that every complaint should be accepted on its face in good faith, with compassion and with as much privacy as is possible in the circumstances. This includes under the employer’s internal complaint processes in both union and non-union contexts. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Blakes launches program for women returning to workforce

Working in partnership with CIBC, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has created an initiative to assist women lawyers resume their careers after a break. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Tax Views: Federal budget changes rules for investment income of private corporations | Vern Krishna

The federal budget of Feb. 27, 2018, (the Budget), robs Peter to pay Paul by changing the landscape for professionals who use private corporations to structure their businesses. The Budget reduces the small business tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 10 per cent for 2018, and to nine per cent for 2019 and beyond. The opportunities for tax deferral increase as the spread between small business tax rates, corporate investment income rates and top personal marginal rates increase. The Budget seeks to blunt the deferral opportunities that result. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

In-house counsel must prepare for effects of legalized cannabis, summit hears Darryl Hiscocks and Tom Stevenson

The coming legalization of cannabis for recreational use is bound to cause issues in the workplace that in-house counsel should be prepared to address, said two lawyers from Torys LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Tax Views: Taxation of multinational enterprises | Vern Krishna

The taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs) is of significant concern as countries are increasingly concerned with the erosion of their taxable base through profit shifting from high tax to low tax jurisdictions. Worries over tax avoidance led to the Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) project by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Encouraged by the heads of state of the G20 countries in 2013, the OECD drafted 15 BEPS action items. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end ‘inappropriate’ conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator Angela Chaisson

The legal profession needs to mobilize against sexual remarks and other “inappropriate” workplace conduct by judges and senior lawyers who exploit the vulnerability of junior lawyers and law students, says a feminist lawyer who fights to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

The never-ending search for fairness in a termination clause termination_clause_sm

There have been several important decisions this past year dealing with the enforceability of termination clauses in employment agreements and how a court is to interpret a clause to determine the employer’s obligations to a departing employee. The importance of these decisions can be seen by contrasting the financial consequences that follow when an employer makes the decision to terminate an individual’s employment. ... [read more]