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Lavery Lawyers | May 2008

On March 17, 2008, the Court of Québec fined Transpavé Inc. $110,000 after it pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing the death of one of its employees. This is a first in Canada since the Criminal Code was amended so that an organization could be found guilty of criminal negligence in occupational health and safety matters ...

Lavery Lawyers | May 2008

Difficulties in recruiting skilled employees and the labour shortage in some sectors are currently a source of headaches for many businesses. In this context, one solution may be to consider hiring foreign workers.In a press release published in September 2007, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec noted that migrant workers are an indispensable asset to the competitiveness of Quebec businesses ...

Lavery Lawyers | April 2008

The Act respecting labour standards (hereinafter the “ALS”) was amended recently concerning absences due to sickness or accident and absences for family or parental reasons ...

Lavery Lawyers | March 2008

For the first time, the Court of Appeal has rendered a decision on a class action instituted under the Competition Act. A unanimous decision in favour of our client, Toyota Canada Inc. and 37 of its dealers in the Montreal region, was handed down on February 26, 2008 ...

Delphi | March 2008

Not treating a European collective bargaining agreement in the same way as a domestic collective bargaining agreement may be discriminatory according to EC law. Taking industrial action is, in itself, a fundamental right – but to force foreign companies to negotiate salaries without the existence of clear rules on what applies is not justifiable and is in conflict with the proportionality principle ...

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Finds that Student Who Was Abused Multiple Times by Fellow Students Was Entitled to Multiple Per-Claim Limits Because Each Assault Was a Separate “Claim”.In Essex Insurance Co. v. Doe, No. 06-7163, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 94 (D.C. Cir. Jan ...

Lavery Lawyers | March 2008

On December 6, 2007, the Quebec Court of Appeal declared that part of Goodyear’s alcohol and drug detection policy implemented in its Valleyfield plant in the summer of 2004 was valid.The Court of Appeal’s judgement maintained in part a decision rendered on April 21, 2006 by the Superior Court that upheld grievance arbitrator Mtre Denis Tremblay’s April 12, 2005 ruling ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | February 2008

Pension and benefit plan administrators are becoming increasingly familiar with litigation and in particular, class proceedings. We have seen a tremendous increase in both the number of pension and the breadth of issues raised in those actions ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2008

New Business Visa RequirementAt the end of 2007, Russia enacted new visa rules to limit the number of days that a business visitor can remain in the country. Multiple entry business visa holders may only remain in Russia in 90 day increments, up to a maximum of 180 days per year. Those who may have used a business visa to live and work in Russia for extended periods must now obtain a work permit or resident status ...

Lavery Lawyers | January 2008

A last chance agreement is an arrangement entered into between an employer, an employee with serious and persistent behavioral problems and, where applicable, the union, that gives the employee a final chance. Such an agreement imposes strict conditions to be met by the employee in order to maintain the employment relationship and may even provide that a breach of its terms will result in dismissal ...

Haynes and Boone | December 2007

Most applicants for adjustment of status (“green card”) must obtain travel permission from the USCIS before departing the U.S. Failure to obtain an “advance parole” can cause the USCIS to automatically deem the application abandoned and to deny the case. An exception to this rule applies to H-1 and L nonimmigrants and their dependents. Until now, individuals returning to the U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | December 2007

The Department of State (DOS) has announced two changes to the visa application process at consular posts. Effective January 1, 2008, non-immigrant visa application fees increase from $100 to $131. DOS claims that the new fees are meant to recover costs associated with increased security measures and other security enhancements ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2007

In Still v. Great Northern Insurance Company, No. 07-2425, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 26024 (3d Cir. Nov. 87, 2007), the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to an insurer relying on the “business pursuits” exclusion in a homeowner’s policy. The Third Circuit found the exclusion was unambiguous and precluded coverage for a counterclaim brought by the insured’s former employer for malicious prosecution. Id. at *5-6 ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | December 2007

The rule that a party receiving documents in litigation holds them subject to an implied undertaking to use them only in the proceedings in which they were produced has been a fixture of practice in British Columbia since 1995. However, while the rule is easy to state, it often proves more difficult to apply in practice and carries with it the potential for very serious sanctions for breach ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | November 2007

On November 21, 2007, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released the decision of Mr. Justice Vickers in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia(1). The decision dealt with a claim brought by Chief Roger William of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, on behalf of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and the Tsilhqot’in Nation ...

Lavery Lawyers | November 2007

There is less than one month before the deadline imposed by the Act to amend the Supplemental Pension Plans Act, particularly with respect to the funding and administration of pension plans (“Bill 30”) for the adoption of an internal by-law by your pension committee, and it still isn’t too late to meet this requirement ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2007

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the identity and eligibility for employment of all employees by completing the I-9 form within 3 days of their employment in the United States.After a ten year delay, on November 7, 2007, the USCIS announced that the long awaited revised Form I-9 is now available to the public for use in verifying employment authorization ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2007

The Department of State recently issued formal guidance instructing consular officers to refer nonimmigrant visa applicants with prior drunk driving arrests or convictions, or any other evidence that suggests an alcohol problem, to panel physicians (physicians appointment by the DOS) for medical examination. A single arrest or conviction within the last 3 calendar years, or two or more incidents at any time would trigger this requirement. The referral is mandatory ...

LCS & Partners | October 2007

Civil Dispute Resolution in TaiwanSeptember, 2007ForewordTaiwan is a civil law jurisdiction, and its courts are charged principally with interpreting statutory laws and have limited ability to create new remedies or laws where there is no statutory basis. Civil, criminal, and administrative cases fall under the jurisdiction of separate court systems. In addition to civil litigation, civil disputes can also be handled through arbitration, mediation, or settlement ...

Van Doorne N.V. | September 2007

Several court opinions show that employers are to make a careful considerations before deciding not to follow a company doctor's advice to mediate. This particularly applies if that doctor has found that a situation qualifies as a labour conflict rather than as an employee being ill. An offer of mediation by an employee cannot simply be denied either ...

Deacons | September 2007

The Employment Ordinance of Hong Kong is the main legislation prescribing the minimum rights, benefits and protection for employers and employees in Hong Kong. Under the ordinance, the employer and the employee cannot contract out of the minimum rights, benefits and protection given to the respective parties by the ordinance ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2007

The Federal Circuit, in an opinion written by Judge Rader and joined by Judges Lourie and Prost, has determined that a termination of a contract for the government’s convenience does not terminate obligations to perform warranty and software upgrade services under the contract. The Court of Federal Claims, in a well-reasoned opinion by Judge Miller, had determined otherwise ...

Delphi | July 2007

The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce upholds a strong position as one of the most important centres of international arbitration. The steady growth in the number of cases involving foreign parties that are administered by the Arbitration Institute convincingly demonstrates its worldwide popularity and reputation ...

Lavery Lawyers | June 2007

On June 7, 2007, the National Assembly passed Bill 10, which amends the National Holiday Act and the Act Respecting Hours and Days of Admission to Commercial Establishments.Under the amended provisions of the National Holiday Act, June 24, the day of the National Holiday, will henceforth always be a public holiday, even when it falls on a Sunday, as is the case this year ...

Lavery Lawyers | June 2007

The countdown has begun! Have the governance rules for your pension committee been set out in an internal by-law? If not, there’s no time to lose! The deadline is December 13, 2007.SourceIn Quebec, billions of dollars are managed by pension committees ...

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