Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Employer Held Liable for Shoddy Workplace Investigation

By Maria Tassou, Pallett Valo LLP

In a recent decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered an employer to pay CAD 55,000 in compensation to its former employee plus CAD 2,904 for lost wages due to an improper workplace investigation. The Tribunal described the conduct of the workplace investigator as egregious and insensitive, resulting in a lack of respect and loss of dignity to the employee.

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Post-Brexit: Ensuring Your IP Rights Are Not at Risk

By Eran Soroker and Nour Abo Foul, Soroker Agmon Nordman | IP & beyond

One of Boris Johnson’s first actions as UK Prime Minister, following his landslide victory on 12 December 2019, was to pass the resolution approving Britain’s dramatic move – Brexit. The consequences of the withdrawal are unfamiliar, yet there is no doubt that Brexit will lay its effect on the economy, labour market, public services, and law. Changes regarding intellectual property, specifically trademarks and designs, will come into place.

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Moscow, Russia

Staff Optimisation During the Pandemic in Russia

By Roman Makarov, Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners

The 2020 crisis is characterised by a dramatic fall in both supply and demand. This has resulted in our customers looking to lower their costs drastically. Clients are looking to optimise their personnel. At the same time, anti-crisis legislation banned the dismissal of people in Russia last spring. We advise the following:

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Małgorzata Motyl, Penteris

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” (George Patton)
Business Continuity Management (BCM) focuses on ensuring business continuity in the company management system. It is a comprehensive approach to organisational resilience enabling organisations to update, control, and deploy effective plans, accounting for organisational contingencies and capabilities, as well as business needs.

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Greensboro, USA

US Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Gender Discrimination Question for the LGBTQ Community

By D. Beth Langley, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

On 15 June 2020, the United States Supreme Court in a 6–3 decision issued a landmark ruling, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that, by its plain language, prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex (LGBTQ) individuals. The ruling comes out of the hearing of three separate cases by the Supreme Court on 08 October 2019. Each case started similarly:

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Warsaw, Poland

Defining Success in a Redefined World

By Raf Uzar, Penteris

The concepts of corporate and individual responsibility and success are seemingly shifting under our feet. Companies and individuals are all facing the need to re-evaluate priorities. In this uncertain environment, the only thing we can be sure of is change. And tracking this change is key. Analysing and assessing our shifting attitudes is crucial for leaders to address the needs of employees.

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Hamburg, Germany

Give It a Try: How to Transfer Personal Data from Europe to the US after the ECJ Ruled the Privacy Shield Void

By Jaroslaw Norbert Nowak, nbs partners

On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the Privacy Shield Adequacy Decision (2016/1250; hereafter “Privacy Shield”) of the European Commission on personal data transfer from the European Union (EU) to the United States (US) invalid (Case C-311/18). In the view of the ECJ, the limitations on the protection of personal data arising from the domestic law of the United States on the access and use by US public authorities are not satisfying a level of data protection that is essentially equivalent to the requirements under EU law.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

IP Protection: More than Meets the Eye

By Eran Soroker and Robert Dorneanu, Soroker Agmon Nordman | IP & beyond

From Gucci to Ray-Ban, sunglasses brands are a big deal. Each year, companies spend millions of dollars creating brand presence and protecting their IP. Brand protection is usually associated with products or services. For example, Apple’s trademarks appear on iPhones and iPads and Google’s trademarks are displayed on their search engine, email services, etc. Brand protection does not stop there and there is more than meets the eye. The story of the successful Israeli fashion eyewear brand, Carolina Lemke, famous for its marketing campaign led by Kim Kardashian West and Bar Refaeli, is a good example.

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