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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_October_shutterstock_404067.jpgAn Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled a former TD Bank executive who worked under a deferred-compensation model can’t have $1.6 million in deferred bonuses he says the bank owes him.
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:00

We are not quite perfect

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgAs hard as it may be for some to believe, in-house counsel are not perfect! The legal media and blogosphere are filled with criticism of law firms and the legal profession by in-house counsel (and others) for their lack of business acumen, high costs, continued use of the billable hour, unsustainable business models, poor communication skills, and so on. You see less criticism of the in-house community and when you do it frequently addresses the failure to exercise fully their influence when dealing with law firms.
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:00

More in-house cutting firms loose: study

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More general counsel decided to cut ties with their external law firms this year compared to 2012, highlighting price and budget reduction among the top reasons.
Monday, 09 September 2013 09:00

Working with early-stage startups

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgTo set the context for this discussion properly I acknowledge it is highly unusual for an early-stage startup in Canada (even in a high-growth industry) to have a full time in-house counsel on board.
Monday, 09 September 2013 09:00

Testing the climate for worker-choice laws

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‘I don’t think there is a lot of interest in vacating a union when you have one and I don’t think people draw a connection between a bad economy and unions,’ says Glenn Wheeler.
‘I don’t think there is a lot of interest in vacating a union when you have one and I don’t think people draw a connection between a bad economy and unions,’ says Glenn Wheeler.
Potentially union-busting right-to-work laws would have a tough sell in Canada despite the promises of a Fraser Institute report that suggests allowing workers to opt out of paying union dues would boost the economy.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_September_crowdfunding.jpgStart-ups and small businesses may soon have an easier time getting access to cash as the Ontario Securities Commission takes the next step in developing a crowdfunding regulatory framework.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_August_overtime.jpgTheir class action may be certified but now a group of investment advisers who claim they should have been paid overtime will have to prove their case in court.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_August_screenshot-ih4.jpgIn the fourth of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss how they manage increasing pressures and workload as a result of regulatory and compliance issues.
Monday, 19 August 2013 09:00

BYOD: going beyond your IT policy

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIt used to be that in-house counsel would draft an IT policy regarding the use of corporate-owned and personally owned devices where the employee or consultant agreed he or she had no expectation of privacy with regard to business data, and the consequences of violating the policy, including termination, were laid out.
Advertising rules for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have become more onerous. Photo: Shutterstock
Advertising rules for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have become more onerous. Photo: Shutterstock
Changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program will make it more expensive and time consuming for Canadian companies to fill a position with workers from outside the country.
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