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Published on: 20 Nov 2019 By

Under Suspicion: Top 10 Tips for Conducting a Workplace Investigation

Workplace investigations are an important process in any workplace. In some cases they are required by legislation and in others they are just good practice. Before conducting your own internal workplace investigation, be sure you have considered all of the points below. 1. Pick an investiga…

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Published on: 15 Oct 2019 By ,

Marriott Privacy Class Action: Ontario Court’s Decision on Carriage Paves the Way to Addressing the Problematic Multiplicity of Class Actions Across Canada

In a recent carriage decision, Winder v Marriott, 2019 ONSC 5766 (“Winder”), Siskinds LLP was appointed as Class Counsel of a national class proceeding out of Ontario against Marriott International, Inc., Luxury Hotels International of Canada, ULC, and Starwood Canada ULC on behalf of all Ca…

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Published on: 23 Sep 2019 By

Risky Business: Alleging Cause if You Don’t Have It

So you have a problem employee that you want to terminate.  Your employment lawyer reminds you that you would owe nothing to the employee in a “for cause” termination, but that it’s unlikely that you could prove cause in the circumstances.  She then goes on to assess your common law reasonab…

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Published on: 19 Sep 2019 By

Beyond “9 to 5”: Understanding Ontario’s Overtime Rules

Aside from some “tweaks”, not much has changed when it comes to the Ontario’s overtime rules[1] in many years.  Why then do I see so much employer non-compliance?  Are employers unaware of their overtime rights and responsibilities?  Or do they simply choose not to comply and hope no one com…

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Published on: 29 May 2019 By

Advocate Daily: Canadian case provides valuable lessons for crypto users

While cryptocurrency exchanges may not be the Wild West they once were, consumers are still advised to venture carefully into online currency territory, says Peter Dillon during a recent interview with AdvocateDaily.com. Click here to view the full article.

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Published on: 11 Mar 2019 By

Ontario Securities Commission Provides Millions in Compensation to Whistleblowers

On February 27, the OSC announced awards of $7.5 million to three whistleblowers in connection with three separate matters. The awards are the first of their kind by a Canadian securities regulator. In a news release, the OSC said the awards were the result of the whistleblowers’ “timely, sp…

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Published on: 23 Jan 2019 By

Fined for Illegal Importation of Bear Hide from Alaska

This article was written with the assistance of student at law Julia Ferreira. On January 18, 2019, Fredrick Thomson, a taxidermist from Coaldale, Alberta, was sentenced following his conviction for illegally importing a brown bear hide from Alaska. Section 6(1) of the Wild Animal and Plant …

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Published on: 20 Dec 2018 By

ONCA holds that umbrella purchasers have a cause of action in a price-fixing class action

Shah v LG Chem Ltd., 2018 ONCA 819 Background: In this class action, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants conspired to fix the prices of lithium-ion batteries (“LIBs”) in North America and elsewhere between January 2000 and December 2011. As a result, the plaintiffs paid higher prices f…

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Published on: 18 Dec 2018 By

2018 Year In Review For American and Canadian Whistleblower Programs

Fiscal Year 2018 was a nice year for tippers to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) whistleblower program (“SEC program”), thanks to some misbehaving companies. The SEC made record-breaking payouts of about $168 million to 13 whistleblowers in 2018. The SEC program was initia…

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