After the pandemic, business risk rises: RiskMap 21

January 26, 2021 | By Julius Melnitzer Businesses’ full throttle on financial recovery and growth at pandemic’s end could mask heightened compliance and risk issues, according to a leading forecaster of global business risks. “Legal teams and compliance officers must ensure the critical issues they oversee retain prominence, when so much focus at senior levels […]

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Writing & practice tips for paralegals

January 23, 2021 | By Julius Melnitzer Recently, I appeared as a guest presenter on an episode of Justice in Pieces, presented by triOS College’s Paralegal Program, and hosted by its coordinator, award-winning lead legal instructor, John-Paul Rodrigues. The discussion included writing , formatting, marketing, practice and practical tips for paralegals who intend to strike […]

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Family-status discrimination issues remain ‘minefield’ for employers

By Julius Melnitzer | January 18, 2021 Confusion as to what constitutes family-status discrimination in Canada continues to vex employers. “The Supreme Court of Canada had an opportunity to create a uniform test across the country in 2019 but chose not to hear the case,” says Gary Clarke, the Calgary and Vancouver-based national co-head of Stikeman Elliott LLP’s […]

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Ontario’s lockdown: a quick guide to your legal rights

January 15, 2021 | By Joseph Neuberger The provincial government has again issued a “stay at home” order under which Ontarians may leave their residences only for defined purposes (approximately 33 essential reasons), including exercise, walking pets, going to and from essential work, health care, shopping for necessities such as food, and household items like detergent, […]

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Shareholders’ agreements: best weapon to fight corporate oppression

January 4, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer If there’s doubt in anyone’s mind about the superior protection shareholders’ agreements provide for aggrieved investors, the Ontario Superior Court’s decision in Murray v. Pier 21 makes the case in spades. “We frequently get pushback from clients who say that they have perfect relationships with the other shareholders, […]

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Is Trudeau’s support for UNDRIP a meaningless ploy?

December 9, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer The Liberal government’s introduction of legislation implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is nothing more than fluff: it’s unworkable and gives our Aboriginal neighbours false hope about its potential. Why is it that after 150 years of persecuting our Aboriginal neighbours, we […]

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Lawyers insecure about data security: study

Talk about lawyers’ hubris: although 49 percent of legal businesses believe they will experience a data breach in the next five years, almost as many – 46 percent – report they have left confidential documents out in the open. The hubris, disclosed in Shred-it’s 2020 Data Protection Report, has practical consequences: 24 percent of clients […]

10 Tips for lawyers: How to get in the news and stay there

October 5, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer INVESTIGATE: Which online, print, news and trade publications target the clients you want? ACCUMULATE: Make a list of the above. Keep updating it. Your best bet to be heard is by someone who’s listened to you before. ANTICIPATE: Tell the media what’s coming. If something newsworthy is pending, […]

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