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Monday, 10 July 2017 09:30

Managing growth in the new economy

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Managing growth in the  new economyIn the 12 years Canadian Lawyer InHouse has been conducting its annual general counsel roundtable, we have routinely put questions about external law firm relationships and managing resources internally on the agenda for discussion.
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:01

High-stakes compensation

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High-stakes compensationA controversial salary and bonus plan for executives at Bombardier ultimately received the blessing of its shareholders this spring, but it followed protests and negative publicity that any company would hope to avoid.
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:01

A case of no respect?

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Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz
Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz
Poor François Desroches-Lapointe. A board member and spokesman for the Quebec civil lawyers’ and notaries’ union — Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois, or LANEQ — he tried in vain in May to find members who were willing to share their first-hand experiences on the picket lines during their historic four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history.
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:01

Data's payoff in the patent department

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Data's payoff in the patent departmentIn the 2011 biographical movie about Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane’s efforts to assemble a winning team from a small budget, Brad Pitt starred as the guy who employed the assistance of a number-crunching economist to use data and analytics to put together a competitive team despite having less money than most other major league teams — about one third that of the New York Yankees.
Deconstructing the workplaceDriven by technological advancements combined with growing aspirations for better work-life balance, more employees are seeking flexible work arrangements. Whether and how to offer flexible arrangements is a business decision, but it’s one best made with full appreciation of the legal issues. Here are five steps to help employers assess those issues:
The promise of the inventionIn a blog entitled The Patent Policy That Could Harm Canada’s Patients, Laura Crist of the Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, condemned Canada’s patent case law for requiring Canadian patents to achieve the promise set out in the patent specification. Although it is true that many patents, particularly in the pharmaceutical field, have been found invalid on this basis, it is also true that many pharmaceutical patents have been found valid and infringed, a point Crist conveniently ignores.
John and Jane Doe, beware!Faced with the inherently cross-border and intangible nature of cyberspace, the courts struggle to impose sanctions on people who use the Internet to commit unlawful acts. In fact, orders whose aim is to limit illegal acts committed on the web often remain unenforceable, because they cannot be enforced against the main perpetrators when, as is often the case, they are located in another jurisdiction. Is cyberspace, therefore, destined to remain a zone of impunity?
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Keeping data confidential

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Keeping data confidentialAs fears mount that external law firms could be targets for hackers, in-house counsel are wondering just how secure the connection is to their outside advisers. In the last year or so, the FBI and other authorities have identified law firms as the weak links in the confidential information chain.
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Managing growth in the spotlight

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Managing growth in the spotlightAs Cineplex Entertainment’s chief legal officer for the past 13 years, Anne Fitzgerald played a key role in the movie exhibitor’s growth, first into the dominant cinema chain in Canada, then into a fully nation-wide exhibitor. Now she’s helping Cineplex diversify away from reliance on theatre box-office and concession-stand revenues into a variety of new but related businesses.
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Contemplating marijuana in the workplace

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Contemplating marijuana in the workplaceThere is no longer doubt that a pre-eminent election promise of the Liberal government will come to pass; that of the legalization of recreational marijuana. The target date is Canada Day, 2018. This new regime will bring with it a host of challenges for employers that will require action in the coming months to ensure that policies, procedures and practices are relevant to workplace realities and responsive to legitimate concerns regarding job performance and safety. Those employers who function under the illusion that they can continue without written policies or will be able to rely upon current protocols without legal review may be in for a rude awakening.
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