Superior Court ruling good sign for the enforceability of arbitration clauses in employment contract

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Under s. 5(1) of the ESA, no employer, employee, nor their agent, can “contract out of or waive an employment standard.” Section 96(1) states those alleging ESA violations “may file a complaint with the Ministry [of Labour].” The question at issue was whether an arbitration agreement that prevents an employee from pursuing s. 96(1) is in breach of s. 5(1), says David Vaillancourt, who acted for the defendant in Leon v. Dealnet Capital Corp., 2021 ONSC 3636.

“This case resolves any lingering doubts that employment law practitioners may have had that Ontario-governed arbitration clauses in employment agreements will

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The Telegram Conundrum: Criminals Exploit Messaging App’s Privacy Protection Policy

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Criminals across the globe have flocked to the Russian messaging app Telegram, which, with its highly secretive communications technology, has become an unwitting tool for drug and arms trafficking and exploited by militant organizations. 

Telegram, which upholds data confidentiality as its number one policy, was developed in response to the repression of free communication under Vladimir Putin’s regime. But the app has ironically proved a boon for criminals.

Used by ISIS, Crime Organizations

In the fall of 2019, the “Nth Room” case was widely reported in the South Korean media and more than 220 people were arrested in

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Damian Lillard calls for stricter punishments for disrespectful NBA fans

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Damian Lillard calls for stricter punishments for disrespectful fans originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

A fan in Boston was arrested on Sunday night after he threw a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving after Brooklyn came away with a 141-126 win at the TD Garden.

Following the incident, Irving said players can be treated like they’re in “a human zoo.” He also condemned the fan’s actions.

“Throwing stuff at people, saying things. There’s a certain point where it gets to be too much,” said Irving. “You see people just feel very entitled out here. … As a

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Do bicycles follow vehicle or pedestrian rules under WA law?

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Depending on the situation, bicyclists might follow laws that apply to cars or rules for pedestrians.

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Answer: Are bicyclists who use crosswalks when crossing a road considered vehicles (which must yield to road traffic) or are they considered pedestrians (to which cars must yield) because they are in a crosswalk? In our community this is an issue where paved recreation trails cross busy roads. There are no signals at these crossings.

Question: Bicycles – the chameleons of traffic law. Sometimes they follow the rules for cars; sometimes they follow the rules for pedestrians. So here’s a simple

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PH wildlife criminals get slap on wrist as gov’t struggles to increase penalties

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In October 2019, police officers manning a checkpoint in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur province, stopped two luxury vehicles for a cursory scan, only to realize they had stumbled upon a multimillion-peso smuggled haul.

The three men inside the vehicles, who were from different cities in Mindanao, were transporting nearly 340 wild animals—an assortment of birds, reptiles and mammals—crammed in cages. They could not present any permits for their cargo, valued at least P95 million in the local market.

They said the animals were en route from Mati City, Davao Oriental province, to Pasay City in

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