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Some worry now employers will amend plans so employees can’t receive both pension and wrongful dismissal damages contemporaneously.
Some worry now employers will amend plans so employees can’t receive both pension and wrongful dismissal damages contemporaneously.
After a five-year battle, a British Columbia man can keep his pension benefits and damages awarded after his former employer, IBM, challenged a lower court decision all the way to the Supreme Court.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgWhether mature, large, mid-size, or emerging startups, businesses will from time-to-time be pressured into signing technology escrow agreements with customers. Escrow agreements typically provide for the depositing of tangible items such as blueprints, sketches, quality, manufacturing and test instructions, and source code into an escrow account with an independent escrow agent.
'Complete your gap analysis if you haven’t already and put compliance planning at the top of the agenda,' advises Michael Fekete.
'Complete your gap analysis if you haven’t already and put compliance planning at the top of the agenda,' advises Michael Fekete.
It’s been three years in the making but businesses now have little more than six months to prepare for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, which will take effect July 1, 2014.
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Photo: Shutterstock
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision regarding a termination clause in an employment agreement involving a man who accepted two-weeks notice from his employer then claimed damages saying he was wrongfully dismissed.
Monday, 25 November 2013 09:47

New fines, policy in place for Fisheries Act

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Martin Ignasiak says there are still two areas of the revamped Fisheries Act the government will need guidance on.
Martin Ignasiak says there are still two areas of the revamped Fisheries Act the government will need guidance on.
A revamped Fisheries Act takes effect today ushering in stiffer fines but questions remain around interpretation of the changes and how they will be implemented.
Ian Matthews of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime class action against Canada Cartage.
Ian Matthews of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime class action against Canada Cartage.
An overtime class action has been launched against trucking company Canada Cartage, Direct Distribution Centres, and its related companies.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgThe increasingly global scope of the in-house practice came clearly into focus at the recent Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting.  The 2,000 in-house counsel attending the conference included representatives from nearly 40 countries. The more than 130 exhibitors included vendors, law firms, and legal service providers from around the world.  And, many of the over 100 program sessions were specifically styled as providing “the global perspective.”  
‘There aren’t as many opportunities to help in-house make the transition from law firm to in-house that is not focused on substantive law,’ said CCCA chairman Grant Borbridge.
‘There aren’t as many opportunities to help in-house make the transition from law firm to in-house that is not focused on substantive law,’ said CCCA chairman Grant Borbridge.
The first wave of in-house counsel will soon be embarking on the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s new certification for in-house lawyers in February, and the program has already been vetted by a collection of senior counsel who have test-driven the content.
Monday, 04 November 2013 11:00

Managing the broader role of in-house counsel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn-house counsel are playing an increasingly critical role within private and public companies. He or she is now often responsible for many functions/departments such as risk, compliance, intellectual property management, restructurings, corporate secretarial, etc. General counsel in particular are almost invariably members of the senior executive management team, and are required to forge a very close working relationship with the CEO, COO, CFO, and the board of directors.
 
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

In-house embrace benchmarking

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Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
There’s no debate in-house counsel add value to their organizations but these days some are choosing to demonstrate that value in carefully crafted graphs and spreadsheets benchmarking their accomplishments to show the c-suite.
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