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. IP Osgoode 2. Avoid a Claim 3. SOQUIJ | Le Blogue 4. First Reference 5. Clicklaw Blog

IP Osgoode
#WorldIPDay – IP Osgoode’s Innovation Clinic in the Spotligh

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme is focused on the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity and how the IP system supports innovation. At Osgoode Hall Law School, one of the ways we strive to foster innovation is through our Innovation Clinic, a student-focused initiative that assists start-up companies, entrepreneurs and inventors with IP-related business issues. …

Avoid a Claim
Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?

It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the corporation’s objectives, the marketplace challenges it faces, and its relationships with industry partners, suppliers, customers and others.

However, sitting on a client’s board (including a non-profit’s board) can be problematic for a number of reasons from both the lawyer’s and the corporate client’s perspective. Here are some of the problems that can arise, and suggestions for avoiding them. …

SOQUIJ | Le Blogue
S’asseoir un instant … peut-être

Le Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT) a récemment été appelé à se prononcer sur l’interprétation et l’application de l’article 170 du Règlement sur la santé et la sécurité du travail, lequel prévoit ce qui suit :

«Des chaises ou des bancs doivent être mis à la disposition des travailleurs lorsque la nature de leur travail le permet.» …

First Reference
Generous termination clauses: Think twice before making promises #learnthelates

Many employers include termination clauses in employment contracts to limit their liability when dismissing employees. When employers draft generous termination provisions providing for more than statutory minimums, they must follow through on that generosity when terminating employees. Failing to do so could leave employers exposed to full liability under the common law. …

Clicklaw Blog
Organization of the Month | April 2017

The BC Provincial Court’s 2015/16 Annual Report highlights several of their innovations: the use of video technology to save transports for prisoners’ preliminary court appearances, an active website and social media presence for more open communication, improvement in caseload management, an open and accountable complaint process, and volunteer activities by the Court’s Judges, Judicial Justices and staff. …


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