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2013 Clawbies announced ― First Reference Talks is honoured to have won the Fodden award

The 2013 Clawbie Awards have been announced. First Reference Talks is honoured and humbled to have won the Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog. It is a huge compliment and appreciate the recognition…


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Three most outstanding Canadian law blogs of 2013

On December 1, 2013, the 8th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards (a.k.a. the Clawbies) started receiving nominations for the best outstanding Canadian law blogs for 2013. Closing date to submit your choices is Friday, December 27th, with the winners being announced on New Year’s Eve. Our three nominations for #clawbies2013 are…


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Customer contacts on LinkedIn = Property of the employer

Ever since the days that employment law was referred to as “master and servant” law, employees have owed various common-law duties and, for some employees, fiduciary obligations to their employer. These obligations take many forms, but key is that an employee cannot misappropriate an employer’s confidential or proprietary information. In the days before social media, this was fairly easy to describe. Generally speaking, an employee could not print or email to himself a copy of the employer’s customer list, and then use that list to compete against the employer. But what if that customer list is not a document, but is kept on a LinkedIn page?


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