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HTMLOntario Divisional Court Upholds Controversial Award of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
Ranjan K. Agarwal, Joseph N. Blinick, Talia K. Bregman; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2015, previously published on October 6, 2014
In Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board v Fair, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld two noteworthy decisions of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In the Tribunal’s first decision, it found that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board discriminated against its employee, Sharon Fair,...


HTMLAlberta Court of Appeal Considers the Duty to Accommodate Probationary Employees
Stephen P. Beernaert, John R. Gilmore; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on July 2, 2014
In reasons released on May 6, 2014, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Telecommunications Workers Union in respect of an unsuccessful judicial review application to question a labour arbitrator award. The Arbitrator had determined that TELUS Communications Inc. had no duty to...


HTMLSupreme Court Strikes Down Canada’s Prostitution Laws
Ranjan K. Agarwal; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2015, previously published on January 10, 2014
In a unanimous decision authored by the Chief Justice of Canada, the Supreme Court has upheld lower courts decisions striking down some of Canada’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional. Though prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, there are a myriad of criminal laws that confine...


HTMLMajor Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights
Christopher J. Collins; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
On November 21, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major shakeup at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, replacing all eight Bloomberg-appointed Commissioners and the Commission Chair.


HTMLHands off My Vehicle’s Black Box: Legislation to Protect New Jersey Drivers’ Privacy Rights May Soon Become Reality.
Jill L. Walsh; Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014
Efforts are underway in New Jersey to enact legislation that would make data available in an automobile's event data recorder (a.k.a “EDR” or “black box”) the property of the vehicle's owner. EDRs have the ability to track an automobile’s speed, location, date of use...


HTMLNew Jersey Supreme Court Allows Limits on Common Interest Community Unit Owners’ Free Speech Rights With Respect to Electioneering and Other Internal Communications
John H. Hague; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 11, 2014, previously published on December 2014
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has affirmed an unreported August 2011 Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division opinion concerning political free speech in a residential common interest community setting. Robert Dublirer v. 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc. was decided on December 3, 2014.


HTMLAccess for Monkeys, Miniature Horses and Birds? California Regulations Concerning Service Animals
Varner Brandt LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
The use of service animals was once relatively straightforward; service animals were primarily guide dogs or hearing dogs to help the visually and hearing impaired. Nowadays, however, a variety of animals ¿ including monkeys, miniature horses, and birds - are trained to aid those with a wide...


HTMLSupreme Court of Canada Gives Quick Win To BCTF On Parental Benefits
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 27, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada recently made a rare oral ruling from the bench, giving the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (“BCTF”) a quick win in their appeal of a decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding discrimination and unequal treatment under the Human Rights Code and the...


HTMLThe Chilling Effect
McKenzie Law Firm P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 2, 2014, previously published by Inweekly
Americans rightfully fear government dictating what speech is appropriate. In fact, it was this well-founded fear that gave us what we hold so dear, our First Amendment.


HTMLHoliday Parties - Keep the Season Jolly
Ryley Mennie; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
Our colleague in Toronto, Melissa Kennedy, recently posted about the joys and legal perils of workplace holiday parties. Her post is an excellent reminder of best practices every employer should undertake to make sure that a holiday party does not lead to less jolly legal consequences. We reproduce...


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