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Dentons' Singapore CEO Philip Jeyaretnam, SC, named "Managing Partner of the Year"
Dentons Global Vice-Chair and Singapore Chief Executive Officer Philip Jeyaretnam, SC, was named "Managing Partner of the Year" at the Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Awards on May 20, 2016.
Judge rules HHS can't pay cost-sharing subsidies to QHPs, but allows funding to continue
In a May 12, 2016, decision, a US district court judge granted summary judgment to the US House of Representatives on the question of whether funds had been appropriated to pay qualified health plans (QHPs) for reduced cost-sharing subsidies under Section 1402 of the ACA. The court answered in the negative and enjoined "any further reimbursements under Section 1402 until a valid appropriation is in place." However, it stayed the injunction pending any appeal, which the Obama Administration has already indicated it intends to file.
Mortgagees take note: the Law Commission thinks you might be special
The Law Commission recently published its consultation paper on updating the Land Registration Act 2002 (the Paper). Among the numerous proposals is one that will be of particular interest to mortgagees: views are invited on limiting the circumstances in which a mortgagee can claim against the Land Registry's indemnity. The effect would be to treat mortgagees as a special category of applicant but not necessarily to their advantage.
Businesses reap the benefits of Environmental Health and Safety improvements
A strong focus on Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) in the UAE is driving positive change on construction projects shaping the Emirates' evolving skyline. While risk is an inevitable part of any building project, effective management of EHS issues is delivering strong benefits for businesses across the industry.
Digital Single Market update – revised cross-border portability of online content services proposal leaked
A revision of the European Commission's proposal and draft Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the EU has recently been leaked. The proposal provides a useful insight into where things are heading prior to the Regulation being finalised. This update looks at what has changed since the original draft Regulation was released in December 2015, and the implications for media companies.
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With 125+ locations in 50+ countries, Dentons is home to top-tier talent that is found at the intersection of geography, industry knowledge and substantive legal experience. Working with Dentons, you will have the opportunity to learn from the best lawyers in the industry at the largest law firm in the world.
Dentons wins four Turnaround Atlas Awards for excellence in international restructuring
On May 17, 2016, at a celebratory gala held in association with the Restructuring and Distressed Intelligence Forum, the Global M&A Network honoured Dentons with four Turnaround Atlas Awards, honouring excellence in international restructuring, special situations M&A, judicial and out-of-court reorganizations.
Dentons to expand in Germany with new Munich office
Global law firm Dentons will open a new office in Munich on July 1, 2016, with the hire of three partners. This will be Dentons’ third office in Germany, adding to its significant presence in Berlin and Frankfurt. The team joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Dentons launches global shared services strategy with new EMEA business services center
Global law firm Dentons continues its momentum by today launching its shared services strategy with the announcement that it will be opening a new business services center in Poland later this year.
Barbara B. Johnston, Q.C. is the senior labour and employment partner in the Calgary office and the head of the Calgary Labour and Employment group. Her practice focuses on management side labour, employment, human rights, constitutional, administrative, privacy law and occupational health and safety.
Ms. Johnston has appeared before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Panels, Boards of Arbitration and Federal Labour Adjudicators.
Ms. Johnston has been recognized by Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law); Legal 500 (Labour and Employment); The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Employment Law and Workplace Human Rights); Who's Who Legal: Canada (Management Labour and Employment Lawyer); and The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada - “Canadian Litigation Lawyers to Watch”. Ms. Johnston is currently the president of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.
Ms. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Economics) degree from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
“2014 Canadian Model Independent Legal Opinion” B.B. Johnston & A. Kosten, Construction Owners Association of Alberta (2014)
“Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace – A Management Perspective” at p. 359 B.B. Johnston, Labour Arbitration Yearbook – Second Series – 2012-2013 (2012)
“Ultimate HR Manual Western Edition” B.B. Johnston (co-author of several chapters), CCH Canadian Limited (2010)
“Pre-Employment Drug Testing Policy Aimed at Safety Trumps casual Drug User’s Human Rights Claim” B.B. Johnston (co-author), Human Resources Association of Calgary (2008)
“Recent Case Emphasizes Ban on Random Unannounced Drug Testing” B.B. Johnston (co-author), HRAC (2007)
“Human Rights Protection for Volunteers. Focus on Canadian Employment and Equality Rights,” Vol. 7, No. 30, June 2006 B.B. Johnston (co-author), CCH Canadian Limited (2006)
“On the Horizon: Increased Protection for Whistleblowers” B.B. Johnston (co-author), Canadian Corporate Counsel, Vol. 15. No. 5, 69 (2006)
“Family Matters: Lessons in Accommodation” B.B. Johnston (co-author) Focus on Canadian Employment and Equality Rights Vol. 7, No. 22, 169, CCH Canadian Limited (2005)
“Privacy and the Business Transaction: Lessons Learned from Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner” B.B. Johnston (co-author), Canadian Corporate Counsel, Vol. 15 No 1, 149 (2005)
“Walking the Tightrope: The Tension between Occupational Health and Safety and Duty to Accommodate” B.B. Johnston (co-author), CCH Labour Notes, July 8, 2005 No. 1286 (2005); Focus on Canadian Employment and Equality Rights, Vol. 7, No 18, 138 (2005)
“The Duty to Accommodate: Lessons Learned from Keays v. Honda Canada Inc. - or the Price of Getting it Wrong Just Got Worse” B.B. Johnston (co-author), Canadian Corporate Counsel, Vol. 14, No 7, 115 (2005)
Ms. Johnston is the President of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and the Director for Alberta.
Ms. Johnston is the Vice President of the Alberta Alumni Council, Faculty of Law – Queen’s University and an Advisory Committee Member, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace – Queen’s University.
Ms. Johnston is the Past Chair of the Privacy Law, Constitutional and Labour and Employment Sections of the Canadian Bar Association (Southern Alberta).
Ms. Johnston is the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Calgary.
Ms. Johnston served as a Board Member and Chair of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and a Board Member of the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE).
Construction Owners Association of Alberta – Annual General Meeting: “2014 Canadian Model Independent Legal Opinion” (2014)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “What Are You Smoking?: The Future of Drug and Alcohol Testing in Canada” (2014)
Canadian Bar Association – Construction Section Lunch: “Alcohol & Drug Testing: A Post-Irving Update” (2013)
Construction Owners Association of Alberta – Annual General Meeting: “Alcohol & Drug Testing: An Update Since Irving” (2013)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers: “Human Rights Session: Cross Canada Check-Up” (2013)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Case Law Update: What’s New in Labour Arbitration & Human Rights Decisions” (2013)
Construction Owners Association of Alberta – Best Practices XXI: “Random Alcohol & Drug Testing – Legal Update” (2013)
Construction Owners Association of Alberta – Annual General Meeting: “Supreme Court Appeal – Update” (2012)
Canadian Bar Association – Construction Section Lunch: “Alcohol & Drug Testing Initiatives: An Alberta Update” (2012)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Management Rights: A Shrinking or Expanding Sphere?” (2012)
Association of Corporate Counsel – Houston Chapter Meeting: “Chutes & Ladders: Navigating a Non-US Approach to Privacy Law” (2012)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – 8th Annual Conference – “Dealing with Workplace Stress: An Employers Perspective” (2011)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Social Networking and Privacy Concerns: Challenging Scenarios in a Wired Workplace” (Plenary Session) (2011)
Alberta Law Conference 2011 - Employment Law: The Day After Tomorrow: the Future of Employment Law, “Family Status Accommodation: A Fragmented Approach?” (2011)
Co-chair of conference and speaker at the Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Focus on Key Policy Issues: Labour Experts Debate”; and “Access and Privacy Rights in the Workplace: Emerging Concerns” (2010)
Co-chair of conference and speaker at the Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Mental Illness: Practical Advice on Reasonable Accommodation Measures,” and “Tough Calls for Arbitrators” (2009)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: “Winning Strategies at Grievance Arbitration” workshop (2009)
Insight Conference: “Drug Testing Technologies: Aligning Policies, Programs, Tools” (2009)
Human Resources Association of Calgary Annual Legal Conference (2009)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – 5th Annual Conference – “Update on Drug Testing” (2008)
Calgary Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference 2008 – “Dealing with Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: The Alberta Solution,” and “Disentangling Misconduct from Disability: The Experts Weigh in on the Hybrid Approach” (2008)
Insight – “Workplace Alcohol and Drug Testing Conference” (2007)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference – “Quick Hits” (2007)
Canadian Industrial Relations Association – Southern Alberta Chapter: “Arbitration And Human Rights Update” (2007)
Legal Education Society of Alberta – E–Discovery Seminar – “Employer and Employee Rights to Records and Data in the Workplace” (2006)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – 3rd Annual Conference – “Employee Health Information: Navigating the Privacy Minefield” (2006)
Canadian Institute Compensation and Benefits Strategies for the Energy; Resource Sectors – “Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: Navigating the Legal Issues” (2006)
Canadian Bar Association – Business Law Section – “Employment Law Considerations in M & A Transactions” (2005)
Canadian Bar Association – Privacy Section – “Privacy Compliance in Business Transactions” (2005)
Canadian Institute Duty to Accommodate Conference – “An Update on the Latest Legislation and Emerging Trends” (2005)
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