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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. Canadian occupational health & safety law 2. Michael Spratt 3. Family LLB 4. David Whelan 5. Labour Pains

Canadian occupational health & safety law
WSIB’s New Rate Framework For Employers

Following policy consultations that took place from August 14, 2017 to January 15, 2018, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB or the Board) announced its new rate framework for employers. This framework will replace current WSIB policies on classification structure, rate setting, and retroactive experience rating on January 1, 2020. As such, employers should take note that there may be a change to how their business is classified and how premium rates are set as of January 1, 2020. …

Michael Spratt
Pot Pardons: My choice is what I choose to do And if I’m causing no harm It shouldn’t bother you

Last week, the Liberal government, in a rare move, almost followed through on a key election promise. Marijuana is now legal in Canada — sort of. During the 2015 election, the Liberals promised to “remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code.” And while it is true that Canadians can now smoke and possess marijuana, the new law leaves in place the criminalization of cannabis in many circumstances. …

Family LLB
Italy Proposes New Law with Hopes to Abolish “Support”

The Italian government has recently proposed a Bill to abolish child support and sole custody. The Bill is intended to provide a framework for “perfect co-parenting”, yet critics fear the effects it may have on women’s rights. The Bill indicates it would enable parents equal time …

David Whelan
A Governance Balance: Funder, Advisors, and Operations

This post was not the one I’d originally worked out in my head. But as I read yesterday about a US academic law library staff person calling the police on a researcher, it morphed a little bit. There’s a fine balance between library staff and direction they may receive from those not responsible for operations. A director is the pivot point for that balance in many cases, and sometimes we teeter because we haven’t prepared for the consequences. …

Labour Pains
Court Invalidates Working Notice Period – Qualitative Component Absent

It is a well-known fact that employers must provide their employees with “reasonable notice” of the termination of their employment. But, is there a qualitative component as to what is “reasonable”, in addition to a quantitative component? …

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