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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. Global Workplace Insider 2. Barry Sookman 3. Avoid a Claim 4. Canadian Combat Sports Law Blog 5. Alcohol & Advocacy

Global Workplace Insider
National Minimum Wage Exemptions: employers to heave a sigh of relief

On 30 May 2018, the Minimum Wage Bill (the Bill) was approved by Parliament with a margin of 50% plus 1 vote. The Bill will now be sent to the National Council of Provinces for confirmation, before being signed into law. It will enforce a national minimum wage of R3 500 per month for full-time workers, or R20 per hour for any number of hours worked per day. …

Barry Sookman
Google’s loss in online defamation case Trkulja v Google good reason to resist CDA in NAFTA

There is a repeating pattern in online defamation cases against Google. An individual’s reputation is alleged to be tarnished by Google’s search results or its autocomplete feature. The individuals plead with Google for help. As one of the Internet’s most important gatekeepers, Google is in a position to stop the damage, especially because its algorithms are the source of it. Google refuses to help, or does so only partially. Courts rule against Google finding it a publisher, at least once it has notice. Google, appeals the decision, apparently unconcerned about the damages its search services cause to members of the public or the financial and emotional costs of litigating against one of the planet’s richest companies. Google loses the appeal. …

Avoid a Claim
New in the practicePRO Library: Remaking Law Firms

The traditional law-firm business model has delivered technically excellent service at seemingly whatever cost. But the times have changed, with the global financial crisis only accelerating the price-down pressures, commoditization, and client demand for efficient, business-relevant services. To respond, law firms will have to go beyond cutting costs while preserving the general way they win…

Canadian Combat Sports Law Blog
Study – Doping MMA Athletes Measured With Improved Physical Variables Compared to Non-Dopers

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies, research was recently published finding that MMA athletes who were found doping in competition had improved measurable physical variables in their bouts compared to their non-doping peers. In the study, titled “Exploratory study on illegal pharmacologic agents in mixed martial arts performance” the authors identified bouts …

Alcohol & Advocacy
Hughes v. Liquor Control Board of Ontario: 2000 Beer Framework Agreement

The trend of Canadian consumers and licensees challenging how provincial governments regulate, tax, and sell alcohol is alive and well in 2018. The anticipation in advance of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Comeau, and the widespread media attention following its release, speaks for itself. …

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