June 7, 2017
This is the 10th and final instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This instalment addresses terminating an employee for poor performance. OVERVIEW Under Canadian law, employers may unilaterally and immediately end an employment relationship without notice only if they have a valid reason — or “just cause” — for doing so. Absent just cause, employers must provide…
May 26, 2017
The majority of current and former general counsel sitting on company boards last year were women, according to a groundbreaking new study from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes). The study, Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel, reports that women comprised 59 per cent of general counsel (GCs) on the boards of publicly listed companies. It also highlights that…
May 23, 2017
Canada’s securities regulators have conducted a wide-ranging review of the largest Canadian publicly listed companies’ practices regarding the disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents (Review). The Review, and accompanying report (Report), were recently published in a staff notice of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the informal coalition of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators. Ross McKee and Kristin Ali of…
May 18, 2017
This is the ninth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This instalment addresses privacy risks and best practices for employers with respect to the management of personal employee information. OVERVIEW Rapid advances in technology have made it possible for employers to collect all kinds of information during the employment relationship. The information collected about an employee may…
May 3, 2017
This is the eighth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series, focusing on employment considerations in business transactions. Specifically, this instalment discusses key employment and labour issues that a prospective buyer (Buyer) of a business (Target) should be alert to before and after entering into a deal. OVERVIEW It is essential to a successful transaction that a Buyer…
May 1, 2017
A fundamental shift in the structure of Alberta’s electricity market is underway. The provincial government has promised to phase out the current energy-only market and replace it with a capacity market system, to be fully implemented by 2021. The transition was recommended by the Alberta Electric System Operator in its report, Alberta’s Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation. The change will…
April 19, 2017
The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.
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April 10, 2017
The end of 2016 brought with it some good news for the defence in respect of pharmaceutical class actions, including a successful defence verdict in the first pharmaceutical product liability common issues trial in Canada. This article discusses key pharmaceutical class actions from 2016.
April 4, 2017
As part of our series on current trends across different industries, we explore changes taking place in the life sciences field — many of which are impacting the industry’s commercial practices.
March 27, 2017
The portion of the Internet that most people generally use is only one of three layers. The commonly used layer that is accessible by search engines is referred to as the clearnet or the surface web and represents only about four per cent of Internet content. In addition to the surface web, the Internet comprises the deep web and the…