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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]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Digital disruptor: The legal challenges of ‘open banking’ open_banking_sm

There is little doubt that in an increasingly digital world, personal data has become a valuable commodity. Financial institutions (FIs) are in a unique position since they collect and process vast quantities of customer data, including, among other things, spending trends, credit history and borrowing information. Typically, this information is not readily shared with customers or other FIs. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Trudeau’s dance of deception on Indigenous rights | Pamela Palmater

On February 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the “Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework” intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredulous not guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial – the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation – and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada’s justice system – but also in his own government’s failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves Ryerson law school program Peter Wardle sm

Ryerson University’s proposed law school has reached another benchmark in the approval process as the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has backed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) preliminary endorsement of the program. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

The ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence legal_AI_sm

The means of delivering legal services are quickly changing. The “new” ethical questions arising as a result are not entirely new. We simply need new and creative ways to apply the “old” answers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

The Headhunter: In-house lawyers: Plan for your success | David Namkung

As a recruiter, I encounter too many in-house lawyers without a clear career plan. As a result, they remain in the same position with the same responsibilities year after year, without a clear path forward. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Corporate responsibility watchdog ‘with teeth’ created in Canada global_watchdog_sm

On Jan. 17, 2018, Canada’s minister of international trade announced the appointment of a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE), an independent authority whose mission is to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate actions abroad. Initially, the ombudsperson will cover cases in the mining, garment and oil and gas industries, with expansion to other sectors at a later date. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

GDPR compliance: How Canadian companies should respond GDPR_privacy_sm

On May 25, 2018, some Canadian companies will become directly subject to the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Others, part of multinational enterprises, likely will align their privacy compliance frameworks with the new EU norms, even if they are not directly subject to the law. ... [read more]