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Published on: 11 May 2021 By

Lawyers can go way back with the Wayback Machine

Most people who’ve been through litigation know that once it has started, you can’t just grab a shredder and get rid of your bad documents. Why? Legally speaking, the parties have a duty to preserve their documents. When dealing with paper, shredding has a permanent effect. Electronic docume…

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Published on: 11 May 2021 By

Court weighs in on constructive dismissals and layoff during COVID-19 pandemic

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic many employers were forced to reduce their workforces (often by placing employees on layoff) due to closures or declines in business because of the public health emergency. Employers looked for ways to respond to this situation that would balance their obligati…

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Published on: 6 May 2021 By

What is a Case Conference before a Dispute Resolution Officer?

The Dispute Resolution Program (DRO) program is available in certain locations of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, including London, Toronto, Brampton, Milton, Newmarket, Hamilton, Barrie, Durham, and St. Catharines. Family law Case Conferences All family law cases, if they follo…

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Published on: 4 May 2021 By

The benefits of separation agreements: Lessons from Bill and Melinda Gates

On Monday, May 3, 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were ending their marriage after 27 years. Having kept their separation quiet until now, the pair have been working quietly behind the scenes with their lawyers to come to a separation contract, or a “Separation Agreement” as we c…

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Published on: 3 May 2021 By

U.S. Supreme Court limits the FTC’s power under § 13(b)

Canadian lawyers are often caught rubbernecking as blockbuster legal battles are duked out in the Supreme Court. Sometimes we watch on with admiration. Other times, we scratch our head. But this time, we stared in awe, as the wreckage of the FTC was hauled away by a resounding 9-0 defeat. Ju…

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Published on: 30 Apr 2021 By

COVID-19 worker income protection benefit

On April 29, 2021 the Ontario government passed the much anticipated COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 (the “Act”).  The Act amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and provides employees, of provincially regulated employers, with up to three paid infectious disease emergency leave …

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Published on: 28 Apr 2021 By

Assessing medical malpractice damages – past and future expenses including health care costs

This article on past and future expenses including health care costs is part of a series of articles that discuss the types of damages that may be claimed in a medical negligence case. It is important to note, however, that each case is unique, and the damages claimed will differ as between …

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Published on: 26 Apr 2021 By

Electronic employee monitoring: Can you do it and what are the limits?

With approximately 40% of Canadians currently working from home due to the pandemic, employers are increasingly looking for ways to supervise and monitor productivity and attendance. While employers can monitor and collect information on their employees as part of their general right to mana…

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