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Monday, 21 September 2015 09:42

Lessons learned from in-house innovators

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Lessons learned from in-house innovatorsLast week, I had the honour of judging and then attending the Innovatio Awards ceremony in Toronto. This award ceremony celebrates in-house counsel and their legal departments for their innovative achievements in introducing programs or approaches for reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and, thereby, improving the overall image and increasing the value of in-house legal counsel.
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:00

Nurses win dispute over vaccinate-or-mask policy

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‘I think hospitals in Ontario really do have to pay attention to this case and its implications,’ says Elyse Sunshine.
‘I think hospitals in Ontario really do have to pay attention to this case and its implications,’ says Elyse Sunshine.
As the flu season approaches, hospitals in Ontario have a new decision to ponder from an arbitrator who says a policy of “vaccine or mask” for nurses was contrary to the Ontario Nurses’ Association collective agreement because it was unreasonable.
Spotting sleeper clauses with material contractsCompanies are increasingly implementing comprehensive document management programs into their businesses. These include the use of contract management databases that serve as a repository for agreements that are downloaded as they are entered into.
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

‘No harm, no foul’ in airline surcharge fees

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The court said the plaintiffs knew of fuel surcharges charged by airlines like Air Canada, and no class-wide damage occurred.
The court said the plaintiffs knew of fuel surcharges charged by airlines like Air Canada, and no class-wide damage occurred.
A decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court is expected to “stem the tide” of consumer protection class action claims where the plaintiffs haven’t suffered any real damage or loss.
Are your limitation or exclusion of liability clauses enforceable in Quebec?Most lawyers are used to encountering terms such as “special, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages,” and “multiple, punitive, or exemplary damages” in limitation or exclusion of liability provisions. However, when negotiating such provisions in Quebec, you should know these common terms do not have the same meaning and effect under Quebec law.
As defined-contribution and combination plans continue to make headway as the designs of choice for many employers in Canada and the United States, litigation risk for sponsors is on the rise.
Monday, 17 August 2015 09:40

Penny wise, pound foolish

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Penny wise, pound foolishLegal counsel are responsible for evaluating risk and making difficult decisions and recommendations to their business partners on a daily basis. This makes in-house counsel a critical business partner. However, ironically enough, one of the most difficult positions an in-house counsel can find himself or herself in is making the business case to justify the addition of another lawyer or replacement of a lawyer to the team.
Hartland Paterson takes over his new role at SNC next month.
Hartland Paterson takes over his new role at SNC next month.
Beleaguered engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. — which has been rocked by multiple corruption scandals in recent years — has appointed a new general counsel and has expanded the role to include formal oversight of ethics and compliance.
Directors’ and officers’ insurance – gaps in coverageIn my July article “Do in-house counsel need additional insurance?”, I recommended in-house lawyers who also act as corporate directors consider whether they are adequately covered by insurance and indemnification agreements.
Grant Thornton Tax Chart
Grant Thornton Tax Chart
Would businesses really be willing to pay more tax if they had more certainty on what is acceptable for cross-border tax planning?
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