What other forms of statutory leave may apply to Covid-19 (Canada)

In addition to the recently announced statutory leaves in response to COVID-19, there are other forms of statutory leave in place under employment standards legislation across Canada. Many employees may also be entitled to sick or personal leave in accordance with employer policies, collective agreements or short-term disability insurance plans. The following are some forms of statutory leave which may apply to COVID-19 related absences.

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Muddy Waters accuses Burford of tainting 2019 financial results

Burford Capital is under fire once again from Muddy Waters, with the US investment firm accusing the litigation funder of manipulating its financial figures and presenting a “misleading picture of the business”. In a short statement released on Tuesday morning, Muddy Waters claims that Burford’s most recent financial results use “reclassification, redefinition” to inflate cash […]

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McDermott continues expansion streak with double hire from Willkie

McDermott Will & Emery is continuing its expansion plans in the City, bringing in two finance partners from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The US firm is set to take on Aymen Mahmoud and Mark Fine, both with debt financing expertise, in its London office. They join just a month after McDermott hired another finance partner, […]

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A&O’s Dejonghe: Layoffs? That’s so 2009.

Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner Wim Dejonghe insists there will be no widespread redundancies at the magic circle firm as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic unless work levels plummet by an unprecedented and unexpected proportion. Dejonghe added that there was currently no sign the firm’s global revenue falling steeply enough to make significant […]

If the C-suite has learned one thing from 2008, it’s how to talk

History can help you understand the present, but it never replays itself exactly. A comparison with 2008-10 does, however, provide insight on how law firms have learned from their mistakes. For reasons I can’t quite understand, some consultants and commentators regularly aim potshots at the quality of leadership in law firms when much of the […]

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