Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Justin L. Weisberg chaired the Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee (EJCDC) Meeting in Portland, Oregon, ending his one-year tenure as the chair of the organization. This week, the organization approved a comprehensive narrative on the construction family of documents for publication and continue to develop a national form for Public Private Partnership agreements that is anticipated to be released in 2014.
Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson spoke at a CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) event on June 6, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale. Ms. Adelson was one of three women on a panel discussing legal/tax/ADA real estate changes.
The consumer watchdog, Choice, recently reported on the emerging practice of using trade marks as ‘nutritional branding’. Choice examined over 200 products branded using ”natural” or “healthy” on the packaging, and found that many of these products contained preservatives, sugar or high levels of salt. – See more at: http://www.gadens.com.au/publications/Pages/Use-of-%e2%80%98healthy%e2%80%99-brands-legal-issues.aspx#sthash.GtttM1oH.dpuf More…
Arnstein & Lehr West Palm Beach Partners Joshua M. Atlas and Stuart H. Sakwa recently authored a blog post for the Construction Today Blog titled “New Law Permits Contractual limitations of Personal Liability for Florida Designers.” The post discusses a new Florida law which allows architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, surveyors and geologists to contractually limit their personal liability for negligence claims arising from professional services contracts. The new law, which amends several existing statutes, takes effect July 1.
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In the Budget Communication presented to the House of Assembly by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Wednesday 29th May 2013, revenue measures for the fiscal year 2013/2014 effective July 1, 2013 were indicated as follows: More…
The BC Court of Appeal recently released decisions in two cases that were the subject of previous Work Place Post articles.
In the September 2012 issue, we discussed the Allen v. Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. decision. In that case, Ainsworth Lumber advised the employee that he would be terminated in 15 months. The employee was not required to report to work during that 15 month period, but was paid his full salary and benefits. At trial, the BC Supreme Court held that putting the employee on a “garden leave” constituted a wrongful dismissal and awarded the employee 15 months “pay in lieu”.
By Allyson Baker
Dismissing an employee without notice on the basis of “cause” can only be justified by misconduct of the most serious kind and it is often difficult for employers to successfully argue a “with cause” termination. The recent BC Supreme Court decision of Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union indicates that violation of trust placed by an employer on an employee may be sufficient to justify a “with cause” termination. The termination in this case arose from an employee’s unauthorized access of a document held in the personal folder of another employee, which was located on the employer’s computer network.
By Heather Hettiarachchi
On April 29th of this year, the federal government introduced Bill C-60. Division 17 of Bill C-60 makes amendments to the Financial Administration Act and will affect the way in which Crown Corporations engage in collective bargaining.
A phenomenon that has been present as a form of advertising for many years is now blossoming in digital media and the subject of much discussion in the industry: native advertising. Native advertising is content that promotes a brand or product in the native format of the website, publication, or platform in which it is presented. Native advertising looks different for each medium – for instance, a Sponsored Story on Facebook, Featured Partner content on BuzzFeed, a branded or promoted playlist on Spotify, or a traditional advertorial page in a magazine are all types of native advertising.