Monthly Archives: July 2016

ILN Today Post

An update on earthquake-prone buildings

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (“Amendment Act”) received assent on 13 May 2016.  It is intended to come into effect on 13 May 2018 unless the Governor-General appoints an earlier date.  The Amendment Act is intended to update the Building Act 2004 (“Building Act”) primarily to balance the risk posed by earthquake-prone buildings with the significant cost and impact on the heritage value of upgrading those buildings.

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Discrimination for wearing Islamic headscarf (re Bougnaoui v Micropole SA)

We recently posted a blog on the case of Achbita v G4S (which can be found here), in which the Advocate General gave the opinion that a ban on all religious, political and philosophical symbols did not amount to direct discrimination against a Muslim woman who wished to wear a headscarf. She noted that it could be indirectly discriminatory but was objectively justified.

A different Advocate General has now given a contrasting opinion in the similar case of Bougnaoui v Micropole SA, concluding that dismissing an employee for wearing an Islamic headscarf at work, in breach of an instruction not to, was directly discriminatory. This opens up further debate on the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace.

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KLA reforça área de Direito Público e Administrativo com nova Sócia

Marianne Albers passa a integrar o escritório para reforçar a área de Direito Público e Administrativo. Com mais de 15 anos de experiência na área de Direito Administrativo (contencioso judicial e administrativo), Direito do Consumidor (consultivo e contencioso judicial e administrativo) e Direito Ambiental (contencioso judicial), a nova sócia já conduziu inúmeras ações civis públicas, ações de improbidade administrativa e mandados de segurança individuais e coletivos.

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Trust is the New Advertising Disruptor

Developing — and keeping — trust has never been more important for advertisers. With consumers being bombarded by a dizzying variety of messages and choices, trustworthiness has emerged as an important differentiator between brands.

In other words, as Richard Eyre, CBE, chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB UK) would put it, trust is now a key disruptor for advertising. At the 2014 IAB Engage conference, Eyre told advertisers that trust is their most important tool for relating to customers. The main job for today’s brands and agencies, he said, is to secure trust — and hold onto it.

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ILN Firm of the Month – PlasBossinade advocaten notarissen – Groningen, the Netherlands!

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July/August 2016

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, PlasBossinade advocaten notarissen – Groningen, the Netherlands!

PlasBossinade is a full service law firm and one of the leading legal service providers in the Northern Netherlands. The firm looks after legal matters for a number of large scale and smaller enterprises, public authorities, institutions and private persons in the Northern Netherlands and beyond.

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Brits abroad! Will planning for Brits with foreign assets

With the summer holiday season upon us, it’s time to dust down those dreams of owning a bolthole in your favourite part of the world, where summer means summer and the sky is always blue.  It’s not uncommon for Brits to own assets outside the UK these days and not just the infamous holiday home in the sun.  In acquiring assets abroad, though, the last thing usually considered is what happens to those assets on death and is an English Will any use in getting them sorted out?

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Canadian Employee Relocation Council calls for Sweeping Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Background: The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) has written to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human resources, Skills and Social Development with recommendations for improving the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

CERC cites the results of a survey indicating that 77% of employer respondents said they had experienced inconsistencies in decisions made by officials managing the TFWP. (https://www.cerc.ca/news/292380/CERC-Calls-for-sweeping-overhaul-of-TFW-Program.htm)

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Lengthy Delays for Permanent Residence Card Renewals

Background: Anecdotal evidence (http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/permanent-residence-card-delays-leave-thousands-without-id) suggest that potentially thousands of Permanent Residents are experiencing significant delays of between 3 months to 2 years in the processing of applications to renew their Permanent Residents (PR) cards.

Impact: Permanent Residents of Canada are required to have a valid PR card to enter Canada via a commercial carrier (airline, bus, train). If a Permanent Resident does not have a valid card he/she must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) at a visa office when they are outside Canada.

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BCPNP Issues Entrepreneur Nominations

Background: The BCPNP Entrepreneur Program issued 16 nominations for Permanent Residence on 31 May 2016.

Impact: This latest round of nominations demonstrates the continued commitment of the BCPNP program to process Entrepreneur applications. The program has stringent eligibility criteria that must be met and is relevant to serious applicants that are able and willing to set up a new business or take over an existing one and to create jobs for Canadians and strengthen the community, reginal and provincial economies.

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Federal Start –Up Visa Continues to Grow

Background: Launched in 2013 as a replacement for the much maligned Federal Investor Program, the Start-up visa aims to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada.

Impact: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) itself recognizes that the program has been slow to make an impact. Currently 26 start-ups have been launched and 51 PR visa’s issued since the inception of the program in 2013. IRCC says there is a further 50 applications still in progress have been issued

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