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|“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide”||Annual, to date|
|Law Society Practice Checklists – Examination in Aid of Execution||Annual, to date|
|SCC Upholds Decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission that Dismissal of Cocaine-Addicted Worker was not Discriminatory
In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal which found that the termination of an employee in a safety-sensitive environment who tested positive for cocaine after a workplace accident did not constitute unlawful discrimination.
|Anti-Spam Private Right of Action Suspended
The Government of Canada has suspended the implementation of the private right of action in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).
The provisions in connection with CASL’s private right of action were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017. They would have given people the ability to seek damages against those who contravene certain sections of CASL, including the provisions with respect to sending commercial electronic messages, as well as certain sections of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Read more here.
|Alberta Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act
On June 7, 2017, Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, received Royal Assent. The Act makes significant amendments to the Alberta Employment Standards Code (the “ESC”) and Labour Relations Code (the “LRC”). The changes will affect all provincially-regulated employers in the Province of Alberta, both unionized and non-unionized.
Read a summary of these changes in the PDF above.
|Foreclosure Practices 2017: “Costs and Protective Disbursements”, CLE of BC, (May 26, 2017), Author||26.5.17|
|Honesty is a Defensible Policy: Reference Checks
The Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed in Papp v. Stokes et al., 2017 ONSC 2357 that an employer will not be held liable for defamation when it provides a truthful reference about a former employee.
It is important to note that:
• an employer should be careful to ensure that the information provided is accurate and must not act with malice in providing a reference, which includes acting with a reckless disregard for the truth; and
• while not addressed in this particular decision, employers in some Canadian jurisdictions, including private-sector organizations in British Columbia, must ensure that they have consent before disclosing any personal information about a former employee under privacy legislation.
|Valerie Mann quoted in Business in Vancouver
Valerie Mann was quoted in Business in Vancouver’s article, “2017 BC CFO Awards winners drawn from high-calibre field” in which this year’s judges discussed the 2017 CFO Awards’ candidates.
|29 Lawson Lundell Lawyers Ranked Across 21 Practice Areas in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory||05.5.17|
|Heather Ferris featured in Global Restructuring Review’s ‘Women in Restructuring’ survey
Heather Ferris was profiled in the April 2017 edition of the Global Restructuring Review. This issue features women in restructuring and insolvency and examines their experiences working in the field.
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