News & Publications Results

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Constructive Dismissal: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Ritu Mahil'sarticle, "Constructive dismissal: should I stay or should I go?", discusses employee constructive dismissal claims becoming commonplace and the questions an employee might ask themselves when faced with a difficult working environment.

The Importance of Responding to Privacy Complaints

A recent decision from the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the “Alberta Privacy Commissioner”) highlights the importance of responding to all privacy complaints and cooperating, to the extent possible, with the Information and Privacy Commissioner during investigations.

Case Comment: BCUC Decisions regarding Natural Gas Vehicles

FortisBC is the dominant natural gas service provider in British Columbia, serving nearly a million customers in over 125 communities in the province. It is a public utility regulated by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), under the Utilities Commission Act (UCA).

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Viewing Employee’s Personal Email Violates Privacy Legislation

On December 18, 2013, the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordered an employer to provide training to its staff on appropriate management of personal information in response to the employer viewing a former employee’s personal email account in breach of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“Alberta PIPA”).

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Pension benefits will not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal

On December 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70. The decision clarifies that pension benefits paid to an employee during a reasonable notice period should not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal.

Say Anything: The Absolute Protection Given by Absolute Privilege

Marko Vesely’s co-authored article from Canadian Corporate Counsel, Volume 23, Number 3, December 2013,  "Say anything: The absolute protection given by absolute privilege, discusses absolute privilege, communications incidental to judicial proceedings, complaints and communications with administrative tribunals, and municipal proceedings.

This article was originally published in Canadian Corporate Counsel, a Canada Law Book/Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd. publication.

Eight Lawson Lundell lawyers recognized in Lexpert’s “Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers” publication 21.11.13
Death of the Spacing Unit 20.11.13
A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners

Three Lawson Lundell Partners, Rita Andreone, QC, John Smith, and Michael Lee participated as leading legal practitioners in the recent study "A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners." 

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta Privacy Legislation Invalid

The Supreme Court of Canada today issued its much anticipated decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, a decision which addresses the balancing of privacy rights with the rights of freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Kinji Bourchier recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Kinji Bourchier on being named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 by the Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2013. Kinji’s primary practice areas include complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, environmental remediation claims, shareholder and transactional disputes, and business torts.

Canada Joins the Global Push towards Mandating Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, the Canadian government announced its intention to introduce new legislation requiring the disclosure of payments made by Canadian extractive resource companies to domestic and foreign governments.

Class Action Law Bulletin: Green Light for Class Actions by Consumers

In a highly-anticipated and extremely significant pair of decisions for businesses and consumers alike, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) ruled on Thursday (October 31, 2013) that the ultimate consumers at the end of a supply chain can effectively leap-frog the supply chain by having direct legal recourse in a class action against a manufacturer who illegally overcharged for the product supplied.

Pension & Benefits Law Bulletin: Requirements for Federally Regulated Employers to Insure LTD Plans Come into Force on July 1, 2014

The Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act was passed by the federal government in 2012, which includes changes that will affect long-term disability (“LTD”) plans provided by federally-regulated employers. This will impact employers in the banking, marine, transportation, telecommunication and other federally regulated industries. 

What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program

Deborah Cushing's article, "What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program",  discusses recent changes to the rules of the temporary foreign worker program for employers in Canada.

Applying Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Precedents 29.10.13
Laura Duke Contributes to Project Law Blog 23.10.13
Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders giving a snapshot of particular principles of interest that arose in case law over the past 12 months.

Strengthening Canada’s Fight Against Foreign Bribery: A Warning to Canadian Companies

Over the last 15 years, governments around the world have indicated their willingness to implement laws prohibiting the bribery of foreign public officials in connection with attempting to secure a business advantage. While Canada has had anti-corruption legislation in place since 1998 in the form of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (Canada) (the “CFPOA”), it has been limited in scope and minimally enforced by Canadian authorities.

Cross Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment 09.10.13