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Published on: 11 May 2018 By

Siskinds files proposed class action against Facebook

Note: This article was also published on AdvocateDaily.com By Rob Lamberti, AdvocateDaily.com Contributor A class-action lawsuit filed by Siskinds LLP against Facebook continues to collect plaintiffs who may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica through an app on the popular soc…

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Published on: 9 May 2018 By

Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed

As we wrote in January, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) under Bill 148 included a new method for calculating Public Holiday Pay. However, after widespread criticism from employers, the Ontario government announced Monday that it would be conducting a review o…

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Published on: 2 May 2018 By

And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.

In its flurry of pre-election legislation, the Ontario government has now passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 into law. As of January 1, 2019, employers will have new obligations and restrictions when hiring new employees. All employers will be: prohibited from asking a job applicant about…

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Published on: 1 May 2018 By

Marriage: Divorce or Annulment in Family Law?

I recently spoke to someone who had legally married a few months prior. This person explained that once married, she and her new spouse did not live together as husband and wife. They did not consummate their legal union; meaning they did not have sexual intercourse after they married. The c…

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Published on: 25 Apr 2018 By

Combined EPA/OHSA Fine of $5.3 Million Upheld

The explosions that occurred at a propane facility in Toronto in 2008 are difficult to forget. The explosions resulted in the catastrophic death of a worker, damage to surrounding homes and an area wide evacuation. On appeal an Ontario judge upheld a combined EPA and OHSA fine in the amount …

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Published on: 24 Apr 2018 By

Competing Class Actions: The Unsettled Law of Carriage Motions

Class counsel trying to predict the outcome of a carriage motion has little to learn from two recent decisions by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Carriage motions are unique to class actions. They arise when multiple class actions are filed for what is essentially the same case and co…

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Published on: 23 Apr 2018 By

People, Planet, Profit: Corporate Social Responsibility in an Environmentally Conscious Marketplace

While not a new concept, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a driving force in today’s marketplace, influencing the way business is conducted in virtually every industry. Modern businesses are encouraged, by both laws and industry, to engage in practices that extend beyond the …

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Published on: 18 Apr 2018 By

Bill 21: Seeking to Make Fossil Fuel Producers Strictly Liable for Climate Harms in Ontario

Ontario NDP MPP Peter Tabuns has introduced a private bill that seeks to establish statute-based civil liability for climate change against certain private actors. Bill 21 would enact the “Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act, 2018” (the “Act”), making fossil fuel producers strictly liabl…

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