Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Le Blogue du CRL  2. Slater Vecchio Connected  3. Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog  4. Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog  5. Avoid a Claim

Le Blogue du CRL
Travail équivalent, mitigation des dommages et âge avancé
La Cour d’appel dans Levy c. Standard Desk Inc., 2013 QCCA 1473, en vient à la conclusion qu’il était raisonnable pour un employé de 75 ans, comptant 38 ans de service dans une entreprise lavalloise, de refuser une offre de travail à Granby, bien qu’un service de navette fut proposé par l’employeur, puisqu’un tel déplacement alourdit les tâches et par conséquent, ne constitue pas un travail équivalent. . . .

Slater Vecchio Connected
Concussion Lawsuits Filed Against NCAA
Three former college athletes have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA. They say the league failed to educate football players about the risks of head injuries. In addition to financial compensation, the players are asking the NCAA to fund a medical monitoring program to help with lifelong effects of brain injury. Members of the class-action suit say they are at risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. . . .

Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog
Admissions May Result in Inadmissability to the United States
The media recently reported on an incident involving a British Columbia woman who admitted to a United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) officer that she had recently smoked marijuana. Although she had never been convicted of any criminal offense, this admission alone was sufficient grounds to ban her from entering the United States. The incident raised some interesting legal points, many of which will apply equally to business travellers. A more detailed discussion of these issues appears below. . . .

Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog
Most Highly Unionized Countries Top ‘Happiest Countries” List, Again. Why?
Today, the United Nation’s released its second annual “World Happiness Index”. One thing that is striking about these studies is that the ‘most happy countries’ are always countries with the a long tradition of strong government social welfare programs, high overall tax levels, and of interest to a blog on work law, high levels of collective bargaining coverage. That is, in happy countries, unions and collective bargaining play a substantial role in the setting of conditions of work, which creates a strong middle class. Not surprisingly, therefore, the ‘happiest’ countries also tend to be the least unequal societies: they score well on measures of income inequality. For example, the top 2 most happiest countries (Denmark, Norway) just happen to have the least income inequality in the Western World. That’s interesting, from a labour policy perspective. . . .

Avoid a Claim
Asked to swear an affidavit to support a former criminal client’s appeal? Call LAWPRO first.
From a malpractice claims perspective, criminal law may not be as safe an area of practice as you might think: LAWPRO sees over 30 criminal law claims per year on average. These claims are sometimes complicated by steps taken by lawyers who take certain dangerous DIY steps in the name of claim “self-repair”. One of the most common bases for claims against criminal lawyers is “ineffective assistance of counsel”. This allegation, not uncommon as an appeal ground in criminal court, may also be cited in a malpractice suit against the lawyer. . . .

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