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Archive for November, 2012

Canadian Centre for Court Technology Guidelines on Social Media in the Courtroom

Last week, the Canadian Centre for Court Technology (CCCT) held its Forum 2012 in Montreal.

The Centre brings together justice system partners such as the Canadian Judicial Council, the Canadian Bar Association and the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Deputy Ministers of Justice to look at how technology can improve the efficiency amd effectiveness of the court system in Canada.

At the meeting, the CCCT released Draft National Guidelines Regarding the Use of Electronic Communication Devices in Court Proceedings (Twitter, blogging etc.)

It also published a very useful compilation of existing court policies on the issue from across the country.

South . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Bonfire of Insanities

I’m not sure when it happened but at some point people just lost their minds. Even otherwise rational people are behaving like sugar-loaded children on Christmas morning; running around in circles screaming for no apparent reason.

I’m speaking, of course, of the mobile device market.

A snappily dressed fellow goes on a stage and says the words “iPhone” or “Surface” and next thing you know thousands of people are lining up to pay hundreds of dollars for one without the slightest idea of what it really IS. In the consumer world this has become commonplace but what’s startling is how . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Technology

Property in a LinkedIn Account: Employer or Employee?

At the IT.Can conference earlier this week, I outlined some legal issues with social media.

One of my quick points was that there could be an issue about the entitlement of an ex-employee to a professional LinkedIn account. The case I had in mind in listing the issue was one involving a woman named Linda Eagle, who built up a company with her own name, but when she sold it and the new owners fired her, a dispute arose whether they could keep her LinkedIn profile. Since her assistant had her password, the employers managed to take over the . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Foreign Law, Technology: Internet, ulc_ecomm_list

Employer Discriminated by Terminating Disabled Employee, but Not by Paying Her $1.25 Per Hour… Reconsidered Again

At issue in the second request for reconsideration is the Tribunal’s determination that an ongoing wage differential between disabled and non-disabled employees is not a series of incidents for the purposes of determining the limitation period provided by section 34(1) of the Human Rights Code.
Posted in: Case Comment, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Death of Blogging? Not So Fast

Adrian Lurssen’s recent piece, “Are We Heading to a Post-Blogging World?”, made waves last month, and I’ve been mulling it over ever since. In short, Adrian discusses the growing trend of writers foregoing their own blogs to publish under branded media platforms such as the Huffington Post. He cites the presence of a built-in audience and the ability to piggyback on brand reputation as answers to the problems of “how to be read” – reasoning that “how to publish” has never been easier.

Adrian is spot-on in his assessment of the value of developing a targeted readership. I . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing