Data, Data, Everywhere

By Christine Hasiotis, UnitedLex

Today's legal ecosystem has created a unique opportunity for law firms to partner with legal service and technology providers to collaborate on optimizing client experience, driving greater overall value for clients, increasing operating effciency, and reducing law firm working capital investment demands. UnitedLex offers a full suite of data management, legal services, and technology to support lawyers, accountants, experts, and consultants on litigation, investigations, and regulatory matters. We support you on matters that are too complex, bet the company matters when you need to scale or simply execute quickly.

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Long Covid

The Implications of “Long COVID” on the Workplace: A New Type of Disability?

By Liam A. Entwistle, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

We are all coming to terms with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the economic impact on employers, the arrangement of their workplaces in the future, and whether the sudden imposition of remote working has changed the make-up of their workplaces for good. It also applies to those many thousands of people who were unfortunate enough to contract COVID-19.

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Toronto, Canada

Enforceability of Termination Clauses and the Latest Blow to Employers in Ontario, Canada

By Marty Rabinovitch, Devry Smith Frank LLP

Termination clauses are often relied upon by Canadian employers to define an employee’s entitlement to notice when their employment is terminated without cause (i.e., without a valid legal reason). These clauses are often drafted to limit an employee’s entitlement to their minimum statutory entitlements, which are significantly less than their common law entitlement. If the termination clause is unenforceable, then the common law will apply.

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social distancing

OSHA Releases Guidance on Returning to Work

By Kelly Holden, DBL Law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a publication entitled “Guidance on Returning to Work” on 17 June 2020. The publication offers guidelines on flexible workplaces, remote work, hygiene, social distancing, and other measures addressed by individual states and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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Mississauga , Canada

Canada’s Highest Courts Deliver a Series of Landmark Decisions on Contract Law

By Daniel Waldman, Pallett Valo LLP

While under lockdown last year and conducting hearings electronically, the highest courts in Canada delivered several precedent-setting decisions that have changed the way we view written contracts under the law. Though these decisions have been praised as positive developments, they have also been met with controversy. There is some concern that they may compromise the sanctity of written agreements.

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Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Business Reorganisation and Collective Dismissal under Dutch Law

By Paulien van der Grinten, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

The coronavirus crisis has forced many companies to reduce costs. Such cost reductions can often only be effected by a reorganisation, which may lead to (collective) redundancies. To have a legally valid reorganisation in the Netherlands, there are several steps to take.

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Warsaw, Poland

Bankruptcies Falling Globally

By Marzanna Sobaniec, Penteris

Bankruptcy filings often historically track economic conditions: they fall in better times and rise in lean times. According to Harvard Business Review, this trend has been bucked during the Covid-19 pandemic. A team of researchers collected data on all US bankruptcies filed from 1 January to 31 August 2020 and those filed in a comparative period in 2019. The data showed that overall, bankruptcies have dropped by 27% year on year.

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Setting Up a Business in Ireland

By Conor Lupton, O’Flynn Exhams LLP

For many years Ireland has been an attractive location to establish a business/form a company and a large amount of foreign direct investment has taken place. Businesses such as Apple, Dell, Pfizer, and GSK have operated in Ireland for quite some time. In recent years there has been a further wave of companies establishing bases in Ireland such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook. Over 1,000 multinationals have made Ireland the hub of their European operations.

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