Over 600 million people – 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – lack access to electricity, stifling social and economic development.
Late last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) scientists Yu Xue and Lucy Xi, as well as three of their associates for trade secrets theft, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit both crimes.
Privacy activists across Europe raised their data protection banner following the announcement by EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová on Tuesday 2 February 2016 that a political agreement had been reached between the EU and the US on a new framework for handling transatlantic data flows.
A Brave New World? – Probably Not but Employers Sometimes Have to Deal with 26 Months’ Notice and “Dependant Contractors”
The Ontario Court of Appeal has further shattered the “24 month maximum” myth. In Keenan v. Canac Kitchens Ltd., the Court of Appeal upheld a Trial Judge’s finding that two long service workers were “dependent contractors” and therefore entitled to 26 months’ reasonable notice on termination.
The threshold for certain pre-closing net benefit reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) and the threshold for a pre-closing merger notification under the Competition Act have been increased for 2016.
The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has updated its Opinion on applicable law and has introduced a new ‘inextricable link’ test representing a new element to the existing ‘in the context of the activities of an establishment’ criteria.
One day after the 20 year anniversary of the passing of “the most important law on the Internet,” and two days after a major data breach at the Department of Justice, one thing is abundantly clear: People are starting to view Internet connection as a basic right. Even if nobody can agree on how we supply that basic right.
In a case that can only add to the risk of privacy claims faced by organizations, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently awarded damages based on the new tort of “public disclosure of private embarrassing facts.”
Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania, issued a ruling about the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online communications, including those via personal email and social media accounts.
The enactment in the UK of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which aims to tackle the worryingly pervasive issues surrounding forced labor and human trafficking, has been welcomed and proactively backed by many large organizations, including the British Retail Consortium.