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Employee stock option plans in private owner-managed businessesDeveloping and implementing an employee stock option plan in a private, owner- managed business that is meaningful to employees and achieves corporate objectives is undoubtedly challenging. Potential pitfalls to owners include structuring an effective ESOP across multiple jurisdictions, having to provide financial disclosure, having to consider minority rights, taking into account employment and securities laws, being subject to greater employee scrutiny, and, of course, the cost and time required to design, implement, and maintain an ESOP.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Costs denied in duty to consult case

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Paul Seaman of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Paul Seaman of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
A Divisional Court in Ontario has declined to award substantial costs to a hydroelectric dam operator and Ontario Power Authority after a protracted review in a duty-to-consult case ended in settlement with a First Nations group.
Is CHCH newsroom now operated by ‘related employer?’Newsroom staff suddenly let go from their jobs at a Hamilton, Ont., television station may still be able to get severance from their former employer even though it declared bankruptcy.
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:00

Make 2016 your banner year

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Make 2016 your banner yearTwelve months ago, when I wrote my first article for Canadian Lawyer InHouse, I questioned how much information/advice or support I could give to other fellow in-house counsel. No one is perfect and my career was in many ways still in its early stages of development. Nevertheless, I welcomed the opportunity to stand on this wonderful soapbox and communicate to each one of you several simple messages.
Poison pill hearings: How not to shoot oneself in the footOn Oct. 4, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil producer, launched an unsolicited $4.3-billion hostile takeover bid for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., taking advantage of an extended downstroke in energy prices.
Monday, 07 December 2015 09:00

The art and science of legal bill review

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Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
The mystery and minutiae behind law firm legal bills are things in-house counsel love to rant about, but those who have frequently been burned are finding ways to get clarity.
Infrastructure Ontario’s GC Marni Dicker was among the lawyers honoured in this year’s Women’s Executive Network Top 100 awards. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Infrastructure Ontario’s GC Marni Dicker was among the lawyers honoured in this year’s Women’s Executive Network Top 100 awards. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Lawyers from banking, the public and private sector, and law firms were well represented in this year’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Monday, 23 November 2015 09:00

Managing crises in a franchise situation

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The choice of spokesperson or persons is an important issue that should be contemplated and planned well before a crisis hits. Photo: Shutterstock
The choice of spokesperson or persons is an important issue that should be contemplated and planned well before a crisis hits. Photo: Shutterstock
When it comes to a crisis, companies with franchises spread across the country and around the world may have a tougher time managing the message.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Tips for becoming a better GC

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Tips for becoming a better GCI recently spent a Sunday acting as an executive in residence at the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel run by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and Rotman School of Management. This seminar was being led by one of the most innovative and talented leaders in the legal profession, Ken Fredeen, the general counsel at Deloitte Canada. In this particular module, we were discussing the role of the general counsel. Some of the key issues included:
Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
While the new federal Liberal government is working to quickly address the Syrian refugee crisis, immigration lawyers hope it will also tackle hurdles around temporary foreign workers, work permits, and the backlog of requests for labour market impact assessments.
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