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Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Machine learning speeds up virus coverage insurance reviews robot_reading_sm

A key task for lawyers representing their corporate clients over the next few months will be to review insurance policies for ways in which those clients can recover from their insurers. This means that we can all unfortunately expect to spend a lot more time deeply immersed in those lengthy documents. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Competition Bureau cracks down on deceptive marketing claims of COVID-19 prevention or treatment

Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued an express “warning” — admonishing businesses to “review your marketing and labelling, and take immediate action to comply with the law” that prohibits false or misleading claims — or face possible legal action. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

COVID-19 compliance obligations for employers of foreign workers permit_towork_sm

New regulations in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have created additional obligations for employers in light of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

The Coach: Law firm leadership in uncertain times | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

What we are going through collectively and on a global scale, we have no precedent for. It’s surreal. It’s big. And it’s impactful. It is unprecedented that such social distancing, layoffs and daily rule and regulatory changes have even taken place. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

The applicability of mandatory arbitration clause in consumer contracts consumer_contract_sm

Arbitration by definition is the process by which parties have, by a consensual agreement, submitted a controversy existing between them for resolution by a neutral third party. An agreement between two different parties has as an intrinsic precondition: the fact that both parties need to be in accordance with all the terms that were stipulated. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]

Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

History made in Ontario courts: More thoughts on virtual proceedings youtube_court_sm

In my first two articles in this series on Ontario’s virtual proceedings for the Nation Rise v. Minister of the Environment judicial review, I talked of observations and lessons learned from this latest use of technology. Here are some final thoughts. ... [read more]

Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 10:40 AM

Canadian version of Bad Education: Unfair workplace investigation Flashlightonbrain.jpg

Bad Education, a new film starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, tells the story of the largest public school embezzlement scheme in American history. It’s a compelling portrayal of two school board administrators spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money on vacation homes in Florida and first-class flights to London. Eventually (spoiler alert), the Nassau County Court metes out their punishment. Justice is served. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

History made in Ontario courts: Counsel’s thoughts on virtual proceedings youtube_court_sm

In my first article in this series on Ontario’s virtual proceedings for the Nation Rise v. Minister of the Environment judicial review, I talked of how I had tried to put myself in the shoes of counsel during the hearing. I spoke with a few counsel on the case, before the hearing and after. Here are some observations and lessons learned. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]