Monthly Archives: July 2013

Supreme Court Articulates Canadian Approch to Refugee Protection Convention

Article 1F(a) of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (“Refugee Convention”) denies refugee protection

to any person with respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that:

(a) he has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as defined in the international instruments drawn up to make provision in respect of such crimes;

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Immigration – Entry Requirements for Business & Client Meetings

In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Financial Services is Working Together with The Department of Immigration to Ensure Efficient Entry into The Bahamas for Business and Client Meetings.

The Ministry of Financial Services and the Department of Immigration are committed to maintaining The Bahamas as a world class international
financial centre. In this regard, the movement of foreign persons through and within The Bahamas to facilitate international business, finance and trade is expected and encouraged. It is further highlighted that it is the duty of the Department of Immigration to facilitate this movement of persons in accordance with Bahamian immigration laws and policy. More…

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1.1 Definition des Eigentums im polnischen Recht Das Eigentum ist einerseits der ursprüngliche und einfachste rechtliche Rahmen, innerhalb dessen Sachen genutzt werden können, andererseits verschafft das Eigentum dem Berechtigten die möglichst uneingeschränkte rechtliche Befugnis, über die Sache zu verfügen.

Das Eigentum ist eine Kategorie des Zivilrechtes. Es kann als das dingliche Vollrecht bezeichnet werden, während weitere – beschränkte – dingliche Rechte aus ihm abgeleitet werden und nur einen Ausschnitt des umfassenden Eigentumsrechts repräsentieren. Mehr…

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CA Surgeon Stripped of Medicaid Funding for Failure to Treat HIV Positive Patient

On July 18th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that a California surgeon who refused to treat a patient based solely on the patient’s condition as HIV positive would lose Medicaid funding.  The surgeon had refused to perform necessary back injury and a resulting investigation by the HHS Office of Civil Rights […]

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ADA Accessibility Notes from the Resort Hotel Association Conference

By:  Kara Maciel

Last week, I had the honor of attending the Resort Hotel Association’s (“RHA”) Annual Conference at The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.  RHA is comprised of 130 independently-owned resorts, hotels, city clubs and spas in the United States and specializes in insurance programs that address the risks unique to the lodging industry.  For the second year in a row, RHA invited me and my colleague, Jordan Schwartz, to speak on the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and public accommodations issues that hotel and lodging operators face. The room was packed and due to constant questions from the audience we were unable to review all our material in the 75 minute speech. Needless to say, ADA compliance remains a hot topic within the hospitality industry! 

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"LaTourette takes a club to the club," Crain’s Cleveland Business

Steve LaTourette is featured in the Crain’s Cleveland Business article, “LaTourette takes a club to the club.”

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"Who’s ‘On the Move’ in the Cleveland area," The Plain Dealer, Ed Kraus featured

Ed Kraus was featured in The Plain Dealer article, “Who’s ‘On the Move’ in the Cleveland area.”

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A Professional Designation Can Be A Certification Mark: Canada’s Federal Court

In a decision rendered earlier this year, Ontario Dental Assistants Association v. Canadian Dental Association, the Federal Court of Canada held that a professional designation could function as a certification mark, although not  in the case at hand.

The case was an appeal from a decision of the Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB) allowing the Canadian Dental Association’s opposition to the registration of the certification mark “CDA”.  The Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA) had applied to register the certification mark “CDA” in association with dental assisting services, and more particularly to denote a dental assistant that possessed specific qualifications as approved by the ODAA.  The ODAA alleged use in Canada since at least as early as 1965.

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Me Andrea Sterling and WISTA Canada

Me Andrea Sterling and WISTA Canada will host International Shipping World at the October Conference on Navigating the Seas of Change.

WISTA Canada

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The EYES Have it: Harnessing the Power of Eye Contact in the Workplace

Bonnie ScottBy Bonnie I. Scott

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the decline of eye contact in both work and social settings. This is hardly surprising. Every day, we split our attention among multiple projects and tasks; we text and email—even to the person in the next office; we meet through webinars and webcam; and, increasingly, we telecommute (nearly 10% of U.S. workers telecommute at least one day per week). Employees new to the workforce have spent their school years in classrooms, where eyes are focused on laptop screens, not each other or the professor. What was once considered the norm—speaking face to face, getting to know each other through chatting before getting down to business, giving undivided attention to the person speaking to you, and gauging reactions—no longer comes naturally to a workforce used to glancing at a screen every few seconds.

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