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(l to r) Eric Sigurdson, TD Insurance; moderator Larry Swartz, Morneau Shepell Ltd.; and Steven Rosenhek, Faskens.
(l to r) Eric Sigurdson, TD Insurance; moderator Larry Swartz, Morneau Shepell Ltd.; and Steven Rosenhek, Faskens.
It’s rare these days for an in-house lawyer to hand over a litigation file to their external firm and simply wait for a result. Demands for cost control and efficient resolution mean the complete hands-off approach is no longer realistic. Enter the era of project management on litigation files.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn 2009, the Ontario government introduced Bill 168, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It imposed positive obligations on employers to keep their workplaces free from violence and harassment. Similar legislation exists in other Canadian provinces.
Participant Gail Harding, Canadian Western Bank
Participant Gail Harding, Canadian Western Bank
In the second of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how risk management is addressed in their organizations.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Kelly-Friedman.jpgData security breaches, when data is released to or accessed by unauthorized individuals, have been all over the headlines. The recent crises experienced by Sony, Target, Michael’s, Canada Revenue Agency, and others are hard to ignore, as are the growing number of privacy breach class actions.
‘For the past five years, change has been coming at lightning speed,’ says CSA’s general counsel Ellen Pekilis.
‘For the past five years, change has been coming at lightning speed,’ says CSA’s general counsel Ellen Pekilis.
The legal team of CSA Group has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a Value Champion for its work in helping the rapidly growing business align legal services to the demands of the company and managing costs.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Screen-shot-2014-05-RT.jpgIn the first of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how issues around intellectual property affect their department's workload.   




Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

Accommodating medical marijuana

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Employers should review policies they have in place regarding general impairment by prescription drugs, including medical marijuana. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers should review policies they have in place regarding general impairment by prescription drugs, including medical marijuana. Photo: Shutterstock
With the probability medical marijuana may be more frequently prescribed for many recognized disabilities, employers may want to dust off their polices around drug use and impairment in the workplace.
Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock
British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner says there should be greater control over what is divulged in police information checks in that province.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgI recently wrote an article that described how supporting an early stage startup requires, what I perceive to be, a different mindset and service model compared to a later stage startup or mature organization. In this article I set out to sharpen the discussion to companies in the social media space, and intend to discuss the role in-house counsel can play in driving growth in companies that have the potential to go viral — and avoiding missteps.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Is your data an asset or a liability?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_May_DataStream.jpgThe proliferation of data and how it is being managed — or in most cases mismanaged — is causing more organizations to question whether they have information assets or liabilities.
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