In-House Counsel

  • April 19, 2024

    Excluding ‘managers’ from collective bargaining doesn’t infringe Charter’s s. 2(d) guarantee: SCC

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-0 that the Quebec legislature’s exemption of “managers” from a statutory definition of “employees” — thereby excluding them from collective bargaining and other protections in Quebec’s Labour Code — does not infringe the s. 2(d) Charter-guaranteed freedom of association of members of an association of first-level casino managers, which had applied to be certified under the province’s general labour relations regime.  

  • April 19, 2024

    Tax lawyers sound alarm about enhanced CRA powers in federal budget

    Some tax lawyers are warning that enhanced enforcement rules proposed for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in this week’s federal budget could erode taxpayer protections and lead to more litigation and higher costs.

  • April 19, 2024

    Former partner returning to Miller Thomson

    Labour and employment lawyer Inna Koldorf is rejoining Miller Thomson as a partner in the labour and employment group at the firm’s Vaughan office. Koldorf was a partner from 2017 to 2022.

  • April 19, 2024

    Mystery of bail in Canada | Norman Douglas

    Case 1: Alcoholic steals liquor from local LCBO.

  • April 18, 2024

    Gap in the legal field diversity pipeline | Fatima Ahmed

    Diversity in the legal field is an ongoing discussion that has been occurring repeatedly within our profession’s ranks for many years. The problem was identified years ago and continues to plague the industry as a mainstream area of concern. Despite many law firms recognizing the necessity for diversity in the workplace, many of them continue to be predominantly white and male. Anecdotal and qualitative data have demonstrated repeatedly that the legal profession, while getting incrementally better, is not moving the needle enough on the diversity scale. Law firms and law schools alike often place the blame on one another. Meanwhile, the diversity pipeline is running dry, and we have yet to identify the root cause.

  • April 17, 2024

    Vancouver lawyer accuses B.C. law society, B.C. Securities Commission of systemic racism

    Allegations of racism are being levelled against the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) by a prominent B.C. lawyer and human rights advocate, with support from a B.C.-based anti-discrimination group.

  • April 17, 2024

    Digital solutions through an Indigenous lens | Lawrence Lewis

    In a world where digital transformation shapes every aspect of our lives, the narrative of technological advancement often overlooks the diverse needs and voices of Indigenous communities. But creating digital solutions through an Indigenous lens — combining traditional values through innovative pathways — gives rise to progressive structures that honour cultural significance.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal aid funding, auto theft crack down and redistribution of judgeships feature in federal budget

    Funding for legal aid to reduce court delays; redistributing “unused” Alberta unified family court posts to other superior courts; and creating new offences and harsher penalties for auto theft are among dozens of justice-related measures proposed in the latest federal budget, which the minority Liberal government says aims to enhance the affordability of shelter, groceries, internet and other necessities for Canadians.

  • April 16, 2024

    Budget 2024 tax initiatives to play a key role in Ottawa’s effort to boost housing, economy

    In a sweeping 2024 budget that targets increased housing, lower living costs, small-business support and greater economic growth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is also taking tax measures to help offset a projected $40 billion deficit for 2023-24 and a rising federal debt estimated to reach $1.37 trillion by 2029.

  • April 16, 2024

    Frustrating posts: Regulatory bodies and online conduct by professionals

    Certain professionals, such as teachers, accountants and many health professionals, are regulated by regulatory bodies or colleges. Professionals governed by these organizations must comply with standards of conduct, which are set out in practice advisories (among other publications).