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Court of Appeal awards more than $200,000 to worker

David Dias - Monday, April 25, 2016

Companies with fixed-term employees may want to rethink any planned layoffs after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled earlier this month that one such employee, terminated without cause, was entitled to full payment for the duration of his contract — an eye-popping windfall in excess of $200,000.
In Howard v. Benson Group, the court ruled that the employer failed to draft a properly worded early-termination provision. Absent such a provision, 59-year-old John Howard was entitled to damages worth the full value of wages and benefits over the remaining 37 months of his contract.

The court, moreover, made new law when it concluded that Howard — having already b...


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Waterloo firm must repay almost $900,000 to feds

A class action support firm based in Waterloo, Ont. must repay the federal government almost $900,000 after a B.C. judge found it ran up unnecessary and unreasonable costs while investigating a law firm accused of misconduct in the residential schools class action process.

Windsor lawyer allowed to continue practising

A disciplinary panel has ruled against temporarily suspending a Windsor litigator over allegations that her romantic relationship with a suspended lawyer resulted in her helping him to illicitly practise law.

Editorial: Mind the Charter

How embarrassing. Police entities across Ontario are under the microscope right now. There is a heightened attention from the public and media to various police enforcement tactics, and a recent Court of Appeal ruling had some strong words for an Ontario officer who Justice Peter Lauwers said violated the Charter doing a vehicle search.

Speaker's Corner: Inoculation against a rising tide of global risk

In an age of massive data leaks, whistleblower bounties, and multimillion-dollar fines for violations of bribery and corruption laws, multinational corporate executives and board members must prioritize the implementation of robust anti-corruption compliance programs to safeguard their companies and shareholder value.

Focus: Good design has spinoff effects, say firms

When Borden Ladner Gervais LLP began revamping its strategic plan five years ago, the partnership decided the firm-wide transformation should be reflected in its physical space. 

Inside Story

Monday, April 25, 2016

CHANGES AT MCCARTHY TéTRAULT
McCarthy Tétrault LLP has announced shifts to its senior leadership team. The changes come after Dave Leonard was appointed the firm’s new chief executive officer.

Kim Thomassin is the firm’s national client leader, Barb Boake is the national practice leader, Shea Small is the international and business strategy leader, Matthew Peters is the national innovation leader, and Tracie Cook will continue as the firm’s chief operating officer, said a news release.

“I am confident this talented and business-focused group of professionals will meet our vision to grow as an innovative, market-leading firm,” said Leonard, in the release.

“Each of these individuals has the passion and proven track record to help lead the firm.”

NEW REPORT FROM COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION ONTARIO
A research report has been released on the availability of legal information for people in Ontario. A Community Legal Education Ontario news release said the report “identifies almost 1,700 legal information resources...

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