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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. Darin Thompson’s CPD podcast 2. First Reference 3. Family Health Law Blog 4. Little Legal Summaries 5. Avoid a Claim

Darin Thompson’s CPD podcast
Delena Hills – Justice & Legal Services for Clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (#16)

Delena Hills (web) is a speech-language pathologist working with BC’s Asante Centre. Delena works with a range of clients who have neurodevelopmental issues, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. In this conversation, Delena provides a broad overview of the causes of FASD, and tour through the areas of the brain that can be impacted by it. She also gives us a high-level overview of the criteria the Asante Centre uses to diagnose FASD. …

First Reference
Constructive dismissal in the time of COVID-19

What are the legal and practical implications of a private sector employer’s decision to impose temporary layoffs or require mandatory work from home programs as part of its response to COVID-19? At the time of writing, approximately 175,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide. As of March 19, 2020, …

Family Health Law Blog
What legal duties and risks must travelers accept during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Many Canadians are continuing to travel while monitoring Corona virus outbreaks around the world. Unfortunately, it is possible that Canadian travelers will develop symptoms while they are abroad. In some cases, they will have to be tested for COVID-19 and may even require treatment in another country. If this happens, there is a significant possibility that their provincial health insurance plan will not fund the cost of testing, monitoring and treatment. …

Little Legal Summaries
Mar 18 Brazeau v Canada (AG), 2020 ONCA 184.

This is an appeal from two class action lawsuits seeking damages for breach of Charter rights of former and current federal inmates who were subjected to administrative segregation, i.e. solitary confinement. A motion judge granted summary judgment in favour of the plaintiffs in both cases and awarded $20 million aggregate damages for each class. In Reddock, the $20 million …

Avoid a Claim
Beware of cybersecurity risks during COVID-19 and working from home

This post is adapted from a message from Gowling WLG to their lawyers and staff written by Steve Lundy, which they have graciously offered to share with AvoidaClaim readers. As professionals and staff adopt the recently implemented remote working arrangement to reduce the risk associated with COVID-19, it is important to understand that this increases…

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