In this issue - #143 January 31, 2011

  1. Let’s Talk – Our Labour and Employment Group 
  2. Constructive Dismissal 
  3. Santa Gets Sacked For Being Naughty 
  4. The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #7 
  5. Access By Grandparents To Grandchildren 
  6. Justice Lambastes ICBC For Using A Doctor As An Expert Witness Who Was "Reprehensible" 
  7. Ron Franklin Fired For Sexist Comment To Jeannine Edwards 
  8. Apple CEO Jobs' 2010 Compensation Remains $1 
  9. Are U.S. Foreclosures About To Increase? 
  10. The Insanity Defense On Trial 
  11. Fire Crotch: Woman Sets Boyfriend's Pants On Fire 
  12. 5 Ways You Can Check Out An Internet Hoax 
  13. Legal Lite 

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1. Let’s Talk – Our Labour and Employment Group

At Pushor Mitchell, we advise a wide range of clients on labour and employment issues relating to union and non-union settings in both the public and private sector throughout British Columbia. Rather than you give a blurb about all of the things our employment law group does we thought we would focus on some of the more unusual and innovative services offered by the group.

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2. Constructive Dismissal - by Greg Pratch

An employee that faces a unilateral change to their employment contract may have the right to treat the contract as wrongfully terminated and resign. In these ‘constructive dismissal’ situations, the employee, upon resignation, is entitled to claim damages in lieu of reasonable notice.   It is important to note, however, that not every unilateral change amounts to constructive dismissal. The change must affect a fundamental term or condition of the contract.

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3. Santa Gets Sacked For Being Naughty - by Alfred Kempf*

Santa Claus says he's been sacked by Macy's because of his naughty jokes - to adults.

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4. The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #7 - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim.

The article will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.
This month, Mistake #7.Seeing the ICBC adjuster to give a statement, and signing all their forms.
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5. Access By Grandparents To Grandchildren

One of the issues that arises from time to time as an unfortunate result of separation and divorce in families is whether or not grandparents are entitled to continue relationships with their grandchildren.

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6. Justice Lambastes ICBC For Using A Doctor As An Expert Witness Who Was "Reprehensible" - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
ICBC and one of it's expert doctors were both lambasted in  a recent B.C. Supreme Court case.
Many say the case is emblematic of ICBC using experts who they know are unreliable, merely to discredit a plaintiff with a legitimate claim.
In the ruling Justice Dev Dley hammered ICBC's paid expert witness, the psychiatrist Dr. Hymie Davis, as "an advocate thinly disguised in the cloak of an expert" and assessed special costs against ICBC as a punishment.
 
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7. Ron Franklin Fired For Sexist Comment To Jeannine Edwards

The sports world may still be a man's world, but that doesn't mean that it exists outside the corporate world. So calling a female colleague "sweet baby," probably isn't advisable. Calling the same colleague "sweet cakes" and an "asshole" is even less brilliant. In the case of now former ESPN announcer, Ron Franklin, it cost him his job.

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8. Apple CEO Jobs' 2010 Compensation Remains $1

A regulatory filing shows Apple CEO Steve Jobs' compensation package remained the usual $1 in fiscal 2010.

Apple Inc. said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday it paid a salary of $1 to Jobs, who rejoined Apple in 1997 and has overseen the company's unrivaled successes with the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad.

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9. Are U.S. Foreclosures About To Increase?

The bleakest year in the U.S. foreclosure crisis has only just begun. U.S. Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and more will miss payments as they struggle with job losses and loans worth more than their home's value, industry analysts forecast.

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10. The Insanity Defense On Trial

With the recent shooting tragedy in the US, there has been much discussion whether the shooter was sane, and whether he could be acquitted on the grounds of insanity. The insanity defense, rarely used, is widely misunderstood. This defense is designed to protect people who are incapable of understanding or controlling their criminal actions and to help them get treatment. Nevertheless, the idea of offenders being deemed legally innocent is hard for the public to swallow. This article discusses the reasons why this defense is available, how often it is used, and common misconceptions about it's use.

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11. Fire Crotch: Woman Sets Boyfriend's Pants On Fire

This gives new meaning to the term fire crotch. 

And for once, thankfully Lindsay Lohan is not involved. A Florida woman allegedly assaulted her boyfriend by setting his pants on fire.

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12. 5 Ways You Can Check Out An Internet Hoax
We have all come across stuff that seems to good to be true in our Web surfing travels, right? Or you have been sent a really wild story by someone, with a link to a web site as the source. How can you be sure what you're looking at is the real deal?
 
If you're concerned about your safety on the Web (and who isn't), then you'll want to learn how to spot the fakes, the phonies, and the downright silly before you get bamboozled.
 
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13. Legal Lite
In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter.
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