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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 more than 80 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. Law of Work 2. ABlawg.ca 3. Social Media for Law Firms 4. Employment and Human Rights Law in Canada 5. Canadian Securities Law

Law of Work
Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads. Should Anything be Done?

Hat-tip to lawyer Jeff Dutton at @DuttonHRLaw for noting a job ad posted on the job posting website Indeed that was seeking: “a few ladies and a few guys” for general labour jobs. According to the ad, “Pay is $11.5 ladies, $12 guys“. The employer is a company called Delta Staffing Services of North York, which is apparently staffed itself by people who have never taken an employment law course or been trained on the laws of recruitment. In Ontario, it has been against the law for nearly 70 years to pay men and women different rates when they are doing the same job . Here is the key section from the 1951 Female Employees’ Fair Remuneration Act for you legal history buffs …

ABlawg.ca
Capacity to Make and Revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney

Case Commented On: Pirie v Pirie, 2017 ABQB 104 (CanLII) The issue in this case was whether the applicant had the mental capacity in July 2016 to revoke his 2008 Enduring Power of Attorney and to create a new Enduring Power of Attorney. His 2008 Enduring Power of Attorney appointed his three children and his wife jointly as his attorneys and became effective if and when he became mentally incapable of understanding the nature and effect of that instrument. …

Social Media for Law Firms
The Dark Side of Lawyer Social Media

As you know, I like to go against the grain in the social media for law firms realm. I’m taking my advice and blogging about something that nobody wants to talk about – the downside of using social media for legal marketing. …

Employment & Human Rights Law in Canada
Getting Sued by an Ex-Employee

What is an employer to do when served with a Statement of Claim? Here are the most common questions we get: Is a response mandatory or can we ignore the claim?; How do we get rid of this ridiculous claim?; How much is this going to cost? …

Canadian Securities Law
CSA Reconsider as Industry Takes Aim at Targeted Reforms

On May 11, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 33-319 Status Report on CSA Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers, and Representatives Toward Their Clients (the Notice). The Notice provides a high level summary of the CSA’s consultation process to date and outlines next steps in respect of a proposed set of regulatory amendments to National Instrument 31-103 (the targeted reforms). The targeted reforms relate to know your client (KYC) and know your product (KYP) requirements, the suitability obligation, conflicts of interest and the use by registrants of business titles and proficiency (among other things). …

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