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FEDERAL BUDGET 2021: INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE CANADIAN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

On April 19, 2021, the federal government released the 2021 Budget: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. The Budget proposes significant spending measures to stimulate the economy, including more than $101 billion over the next three years.

In this article, we highlight certain spending measures and new programs that the government has introduced for the purpose of encouraging innovation, sustainability and competition in the Canadian marketplace.

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#WorkforceWednesday News Rundown

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  Here’s a rundown of some of the top developments in employment law and workforce management this week:

Guidance for Mitigating Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Risk

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration issued its first cybersecurity best practices guidance for retirement plans. To assist plan sponsors and fiduciaries with their responsibilities to prudently select and monitor service providers, the guidance outlines considerations they can use to determine that service providers follow strong cybersecurity practices. Read more.

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Sharon Druker Honoured by the Jewish General Hospital Foundation

April 21, 2021 — As part of National Volunteer Week, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation salutes Sharon G. Druker, Ad. E., who has been contributing to the institution for many years as a long-time Hope & Cope volunteer and, more recently, as a Governance Committee Member.

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Evonne Xu Selected to Crain’s Detroit Business “Notable Women in Law” 2021

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 20, 2021 – Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that attorney Evonne Xu was selected to Crain’s Detroit Business “Notable Women in Law” 2021. The women featured were selected by a team of editors based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to their community, and mentorship of others.

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ViacomCBS Issues Advertising Guidelines for Its Adult Directed Networks

ViacomCBS (VCBS) has recently issued its “Advertising Guidelines” for its adult directed linear channels and digital properties, making these its first published guidelines since that merger.

Guidelines are not frequently updated, and the creation of a brand new set, created after the merger of TV giants Viacom (cable) and CBS (network) has been highly anticipated. Read more…

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RSS Welcomes Three Especially Talented Lawyers

April 15, 2021 — As of this week, three recruits are contributing to RSS’s vitality:

  • Caroline Cassagnabère, called to the Bar in 2018, has practiced civil and commercial litigation and class actions. She has impressive credentials in academic research and teaching. She holds a doctorate in law from a French university and has conducted research in comparative law at McGill University.
  • Catherine Cloutier was already a lawyer in Ontario before being called to the Bar of Quebec… yesterday! Her professional life has a scientific side since she is also a registered dietitian in both provinces.
  • Emily Dikranian is also a member of both the Bars of Quebec and Ontario. Ever since she entered the University of Ottawa, she stood out by making the Dean’s Honour List in both the civil law and common law faculties, where she graduated Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude.

All three are joining our Insurance Law Practice Group.

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Coming Up for Air: WOMEN IN LAW AND ADAPTING TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and reporters covering the legal profession regularly highlighted the trend of female lawyers leaving private practice. Although more than half of U.S. law school students are female, only one-third become practicing lawyers and less than 20 percent of those practicing lawyers earn equity partner status in private practice. In January 2020, Lori Mihalich-Levin’s Vault article, “Why Women Leave Law Firms,” reported “…the data make clear, experienced women lawyers bear a disproportionate brunt of responsibility for arranging for care, leaving work when needed by the child, children’s extracurricular activities, and evening and daytime childcare. Any one of these factors affects the time and effort expected for a successful law practice, and the combination competes all the more for a lawyer’s time.” Read more…

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A.C. ANSANI JOINS HOWARD & HOWARD’S THRIVING GAMING PRACTICE

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 14, 2021 – Veteran gaming attorney A.C. Ansani has joined Howard & Howard and will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas, Nevada office.

Ansani has been a fixture in the gaming industry since 1998. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, he served as vice president-legal and chief gaming counsel for the gaming division of Scientific Games Corporation. There, Ansani managed the gaming contract department with the responsibility of administrating thousands of commercial contracts annually. He has personally negotiated hundreds of complex transactional and technology matters and supported the regulatory compliance department in gaming licensing and product approvals.

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Video: OSHA ETS on Hold, Retaliation Claims Increase, “Vaccination Ambassadors” – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, employers continue waiting on OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standard as retaliation claims rise.

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SAG-AFTRA Welcomes the Influencer

After spending a decade carving out space in the industry, influencers are now being welcomed into the SAG-AFTRA union, which is recognizing them as a unique class of “multi-talented performers whose performances should be covered by a SAG-AFTRA contract.”

Social media content creators, commonly known as “influencers,” have become increasingly sought after by advertisers looking to tap into the influencer’s internet-based following. While “influencer” is officially an industry recognized job title, membership into the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the premier labor union for professional performers, had previously been largely unattainable. Desiring traditional labor union protections and health and pension benefits, influencers had taken steps in recent years to unionize themselves. Read more…

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