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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.
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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.
Monday, 28 April 2014 08:00

Kidnap and ransom insurance a new reality

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If your company or organization has executives and employees travelling to and working in potentially volatile locations around the world, managing the risk associated with making sure they don’t become a target for kidnapping may well fall under the responsibilities of the legal department.
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:00

Corporate governance and the role of the GC

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgRegular readers will know well the challenges facing today’s general counsel. After all, much has been written about them and, more significantly, you live them each day.
If your O-rings are made of Viton, they can’t be exported to Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock)
If your O-rings are made of Viton, they can’t be exported to Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock)
An Alberta oilfield equipment company has been fined $90,000 for attempting to send a shipment of parts to Iran and violating federally imposed sanctions against that country. It is the first Canadian company to be sanctioned for exports to Iran.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgDiscussions about how to prepare for global warming are proliferating, driven by a perceived increase in natural disasters such as recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires in the United States, flooding in Europe, drought in Africa and parts of Asia, measured increases in temperature, animal and plant extinction, glacial melting, and ocean acidification. But are these discussions affecting in-house counsel and the way in which they prepare, plan, and implement?
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:00

It’s game on in bet-the-company litigation

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The litigation panel: ( l to r)  Colin Campbell, Marguerite Ethier, of Lenczner Slaght (moderator), Gregory MacKenzie, of  407 ETR and Tom Curry of Lenczner Slaght.
The litigation panel: ( l to r) Colin Campbell, Marguerite Ethier, of Lenczner Slaght (moderator), Gregory MacKenzie, of 407 ETR and Tom Curry of Lenczner Slaght.
When it comes to high-stakes litigation in-house counsel play a critical role in the outcome but experts say they need to know the important steps in the battle plan.
In the BYOD era, time to review and develop new controls around use of company data on mobile devices. Photo: Twin Design/Shutterstock
In the BYOD era, time to review and develop new controls around use of company data on mobile devices. Photo: Twin Design/Shutterstock
When was the last time your organization reviewed its “acceptable use” policy for technology devices?
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