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On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the changes to day-to-day operations of an employer to […]

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Big moves, mergers and chunky litigation dominated the legal headlines last week, as our top 10 stories reveal. When news broke a few weeks ago that Ashurst’s former senior partner Charlie Geffen was quitting the firm to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, the story made the top 10 for that week. This week our interview […]

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