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Employment law giant Littler Mendelson enters Canada
Law Times
Chicago-based labour and employment giant Littler Mendelson PC is expanding into Canada after snapping up almost all of the lawyers from well-established Toronto boutique practice Kuretzky Vassos Henderson LLP.

Ontario court rejects challenge of police practice of posing as journalists
Law Times
An Ontario court has struck down a Charter challenge against a police practice of officers posing as journalists for investigative purposes.

Blogging for truth and reconciliation
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
An idea sparked by a tweet led to the birth of reconciliation syllabus, a blog of materials for teaching law inspired by the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Businesses seek cross-border tax clarity, but would they really pay more?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Would businesses really be willing to pay more tax if they had more certainty on what is acceptable for cross-border tax planning? A new study seems to say they would.




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Courts getting more aggressive on safety offences
Law Times
While jail sentences for corporate executives convicted of criminal offences aren't at all unusual anymore, it's only in the last two years or so that courts have been incarcerating executives and managers for regulatory offences, particularly for occupational health and safety violations.

SCC upholds AMPs in case against Ottawa lawyer
Law Times
The Supreme Court's recent decision in Guindon v. Canada isn't likely to end the controversy or the litigation surrounding administrative monetary penalties.

Osler opens Vancouver office
Law Times
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is expanding with the opening of a new Vancouver office this week.
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Let's be flexible on 10-year term limits
Law Times, editorial
The Ontario government has some good reasons for its 10-year limit on appointments to administrative tribunals.

Call out the bullies
Canadian Lawyer, online
Over one week, I received a patronizing e-mail from senior male counsel, a male client thanked me and called me "sweetheart," and I got a voicemail from another senior male lawyer accusing me of unreasonable conduct and threatening that he would act accordingly, writes Trials & Tribulations guest columnist Jessica Prince.

10 Questions to get you started on employee assessments
Canadian Lawyer, online
Employee assessments are opportunities for a firm to re-energize and refocus its staff. Negativity, unproductiveness, and job dissatisfaction are magnified in small firms. Periodic employee assessments are a proactive way to address such issues, writes Pascale Daigneault in Small & Soul Practice.



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Originalist creed a problematic approach to assessing the law
Law Times
In his Criminal Mind column, Matthew Gourlay writes that aggressive criminal justice policy has been one of the Conservative government's preoccupations since it came to office in 2006 butrecent news items got him thinking about the approach taken by our courts, especially our Supreme Court, in deciding whether a law conflicts with constitutional rights.

Directors' and officers' insurance – gaps in coverage
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello discusses the nature of directors and officers insurance coverage and highlights some concerns for in-house counsel.

First musings on Windows' new Edge browser
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's The Future Files, Ben Hanuka gives his first impressions of the new Windows Edge browser that's part of the tech giant's new operating system release.



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