We have written over the past two years about a growing wave of significant lawsuits in Canada against corporations for alleged international labour and human rights violations in their overseas operations or supply chains. As we have reported, Canada’s judiciary is demonstrating a willingness to expand their jurisdictional reach to permit such claims to proceed. Canadian judges are keeping an open mind as to whether a novel duty of care exists between multinational companies and the upstream foreign supply chain workers or the local residents affected by their operations. Continue Reading Door Still Open? Canada As Safe Harbour For Multinational Human Rights Litigation
Kevin Coon acts as counsel, and as trusted and strategic adviser to government, corporate and not-for-profit organizations, on human resource, regulatory, compliance and risk management, with emphasis on international labour standards; corporate social responsibility; ethics; codes of conduct; due diligence; human rights; workplace investigations; occupational health and safety; collective bargaining; executive contracts; workplace harassment; positive employee relations; local and global labour relations; government relations; officers and directors due diligence and fiduciary obligations; and, workers compensation. Mr. Coon has been ranked as a leading management side labour and employment lawyer in Canada by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012.
Baker McKenzie is proud to have sponsored the Washington DC premiere of the film “I am Jane Doe” on February 7, 2017. The film is a highly anticipated documentary chronicling an ongoing battle against the trafficking of minors. The Washington premiere was part the McCain Institute’s 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium. Baker McKenzie’s Peter MacKay welcomed the audience followed by Cindy McCain, who provided opening remarks. There was a post-film panel discussion with US Senators Heidi Heitkamp, John McCain, Claire McCaskill and Rob Portman, and the film’s director, Mary Mazzio, with broadcast journalist Perri Peltz acting as moderator. The Canadian premiere of the film is planned for Toronto in March.
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On October 6, 2016, the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit by Eritrean miners, who allege they were forced to work in a mine owned by Nevsun Resources Ltd, a Canadian mining company, can proceed to trial. Vancouver-based Nevsun had argued that the case should be dismissed and that any suit should be properly heard in Eritrea. Justice Abrioux disagreed, stating that “there is sufficient cogent evidence from which I can conclude that there is a real risk that the plaintiffs could not be provided with justice in Eritrea,” thereby paving the way for an unprecedented trial in a Canadian court. Justice Abrioux stated that “claims of crimes against humanity, slavery, forced labour and torture can go forward against Nevsun.” Continue Reading BC Case Against Canadian Mining Company for Overseas Human Rights Violations to Proceed to Trial
We are pleased to announce that Donna M. Walwyn, Partner, is a recipient of the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Awards. The Awards recognize those who demonstrate excellence, action and thought leadership ways that advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and society. Continue Reading Advancing Diversity in the Legal Profession
Baker & McKenzie is nominated for the Canadian Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Awards to be conferred by the United Nations Global Compact Network Canada (UN GCNC).
Baker & McKenzie is proud to announce that Donna M. Walwyn, Partner, was recently appointed as a member of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has announced the upcoming launch of the Stop Slavery Award. The purpose of this award is to honour and recognize businesses that have excelled in their efforts to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains.
In today’s rapidly changing world of workplace compliance, global organizations must not only comply with the laws of their headquarters but also the laws of the countries where their workforces and even their suppliers operate. Many seemingly compliant organizations face unseen global workplace and supply chain compliance risks, causing great concern among corporate leaders. In addition to potential harm to workers, failing to manage global workplace risks can have a significant, long-lasting impact on business strategies, legal risk profile and brand reputations. How can you help “save the day” for your company?
Food & Agribusiness Labour Issues in 2015 & Beyond
Date: March 18, 2015 | Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Labour, employment and immigration topics continue to be hot button issues for companies operating in the food and agribusiness space. To help navigate recent changes, Baker & McKenzie’s top employment lawyers will discuss the following topics during our webinar on Wednesday, March 18, 2015:
- New NLRB election rules
- Managing the new era of social media and email
- Union organizing of fast food workers
- International Framework Agreements
- Immigration regulations
As of July 1, 2014, employers operating in Ontario must ensure their occupational health and safety programs satisfy new worker and supervisor training requirements.