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New ESA Termination and Severance Pandemic Regulation

On March 19, 2020, the Government of Ontario created a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, which created a new emergency leave to protect workers who were sick from COVID-19. This was an important protection to ensure that workers were not dismissed as a result of being sick during the pandemic. As the pandemic drags on, and social isolation and distancing rules create significant economic barriers for businesses, many lawyers have been considering whether there would be an enormo...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Ontario, Ontario Court of Appeal, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Substantive Law: Legislation, Farber, COVID, Elesegood, Cambridge Spring Service, In Potter, Rubel Bronze and Metal Co, Cotter Barron


Feeling hopeless: Is there room for moderation on police reform?

Via Twitter. A few weeks ago, Grits was on a Zoom call with local activists asking Austin city manager Spencer Cronk to fire his police chief, Bryan Manley. There are many reasons, but the proximate cause was an APD officer murdering Mike Ramos, an unarmed black man whom the cops assaulted while he stood before them with his hands in the air, then shot to death when he fled. Cronk refused, but said he might reconsider as the situation developed.  Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coaliti...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Austin, Apd, Chas, Austin Police Department, Cronk, Gritsforbreakfast, Chas Moore, Mike Ramos, Austin Justice Coalition, Spencer Cronk, Bryan Manley, George Floyd


At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk 'til dawn.That's a 5:23 photograph on a morning, this morning, when the sun officially rose at 5:21, and that is a good reason to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon if you have any shopping to accomplish. That's what I call at Type #3 sunrise, you know. A completely clear sky. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Law Librarians Helping Law Firms Meet COVID-19 Research and Practice Challenges

Every law firm was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic. But librarians were faced two special challenges: assuring that the remote workforce of lawyers had access to standard resources and fielding the tsunami of questions arising from the emergence of “pandemic law and practice.” Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, WoltersKluwer and Fastcase quickly responded to the crisis with […]
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Lexis Westlaw Bloomberg WoltersKluwer




"Federal law enforcement actions will be directed at apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law."

"To identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF). The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly."A statement from Attorney General William Barr.From the FBI website:The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, or...
Tags: Crime, Law, Fbi, Protests, Ann Althouse, Antifa, William Barr, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces JTTF, William Barr From


Goodbye to Christo... the art saint.

Christo passed away today, on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths. L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) is still on track for Sept. 18–Oct. 3, 2021. pic.twitter.com/xHPURw60w2 — Christo and Jeanne-Claude (@ChristoandJC) May 31, 2020 From the NYT obituary:His grand projects, often decades in the making and all of them temporary, required the cooperation of dozens, s...
Tags: Art, Law, Paris, Central Park, Christo, Albert Maysles, Ann Althouse, Jeanne Claude, Roger Kimball, Maysles Brothers, New York City Christo, L Arc de Triomphe Wrapped Project


Two New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19

America is reopening including physically opening its buildings and the U.S. Green Building Council has announced that LEED will play a role in confronting risk in the post coronavirus pandemic era. Last week Mahesh Ramanujam, the President & CEO of USGBC announced in a published letter that the “second generation at USGBC will focus on our relevant and reimagined vision: Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.” He acknowledged that in a post pandemic world, unlike any other m...
Tags: Law, America, Environmental, Green Building, Stuart Kaplow, U S Green Building Council, LEED, USGBC, Kaplow, Mahesh Ramanujam, Environmental Attorney, Coronavirus, COVID-19, INpc136, INpc137, AIA Re


"On Sunday, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers singled out umbrella groups including 'Antifa' and 'Boogaloo' as playing a role in the violence nationwide...."

"According to the Anti-Defamation League, 'a variety of extremist and fringe movements and subcultures have adopted the word "Boogaloo" as shorthand for a future civil war,' and that 'white supremacists are particularly apt to use' the term because 'they seek the violent collapse of modern society in order to bring about a new, white-dominated world.' Antifa, short for anti-fascists, is a 'loose collection of local/regional groups and individuals,' including anti-police anarchists, whose 'presen...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Protests, Donald Trump, Madison, Trump, Democratic, Chicago Sun Times, ADL, Boogaloo, Ann Althouse, Anarchy, David Blaska, Antifa, ADL Antifa, Robert O'Brien


Trump calls on "Democrat Mayors and Governors" to "Get tough" against the "ANARCHISTS."

Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020 Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW! They are looting stores. Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did (thank you President Trump) last night in Minneapolis. Is this what voters want with Sleepy Joe? All Dems! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTr...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, America, Terrorism, Philadelphia, States, Trump, United States of America, National Guard, Donald J Trump, Minneapolis Minnesota, Ann Althouse, Anarchy, Trump rhetoric, Trump and the law, Trump and the press


"Chris Cooper Is My Brother. Here’s Why I Posted His Video. We grew up in a family of activists. I wanted everyone to see his calm bravery."

Writes Melody Cooper in the NYT. She's identified as "a playwright and a film, TV and comic book writer."[A]s I replayed the video several times, I felt more and more uneasy and angry, until an overwhelming fear swept over me. My mind conjured up rapid images of police officers arriving and shooting first, or throwing Chris down and then beating and choking him. My brother. When I posted the video on Twitter, I didn’t yet know about George Floyd, whose killing last Monday by a police officer has...
Tags: Law, Emmett Till, Chris, Racists, Chris Cooper, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Amy Cooper, George Floyd, the Cooper incident, Melody Cooper


"There should be a quicker trigger going forward to recommend or require masks when an airborne threat emerges, and robust plans to deploy them as a broad public-health measure."

"And hopefully by then, the dangerous politicization of wearing masks and taking other common-sense health measures that’s occurring in some places today will have been overcome by more effective public messaging and education."From "Masks Are Here to Stay, Even After Covid Goes Away" by Max Nisen (Yahoo/Bloomberg).Nisen deploys the adjectives "dangerous" and "common-sense" as he bemoans "the dangerous politicization of wearing masks" and endorses "common-sense health measures," but who will say...
Tags: Health, Law, Masks, Rationality, Ann Althouse, Max Nisen Yahoo Bloomberg Nisen


"Proposed Public Health and Public Safety Pathways for Criminal Justice System Responses to Covid-19"

The title of this post is the title of this effective short document produced by a number of organizations involved in both criminal justice administration and public health.  Here is how it gets started: A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations are as follows:  1.  Release of people who are incarcerated, based on clear public health recommendations and release criteria, is a cr...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman


Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England

Royal College of Nursing also fears lifting of more restrictions on ‘happy Monday’ is too earlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior public health officials have made a last-minute plea for ministers to scrap Monday’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, warning the country is unprepared to deal with any surge in infection and that public resolve to take steps to limit transmisson has been eroded.The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said new...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Doctors, Nursing, Health policy, Royal College of Nursing, Robert Jenrick, Coronavirus outbreak, Association of Directors of Public Health ADPH


This week at the court

On Monday, the justices are expected to release orders from the May 28 conference at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions at 10 a.m. On Thursday, the justices will hold their June 4 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


'Ginormous challenge': Boy with cerebral palsy completes marathon

Tobias Weller raises £53,000 for charity by walking up and down Sheffield road for 70 daysThere were cheers from physically distanced crowds as nine-year-old Tobias Weller, a boy with autism and cerebral palsy, completed his remarkable challenge to walk a marathon to raise money for charity.Nicknamed Captain Tobias, he has been walking up and down the Sheffield road where he lives for 70 days. He initially hoped to raise £500. A flood of support led to him raising the target to £30,000. On Sunda...
Tags: Society, UK News, Charities, Sheffield, North Of England, Tobias, Tobias Weller


"I'll share with you my urinal — swing-out urinal. In England, they call it the your-RYE-nall..."

Says the eminent filmmaker David Lynch, speaking from his L.A. workshop:More David Lynch theater here. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: England, Law, Toilet, David Lynch, Vlog, Pronunciation, Ann Althouse


Despite a short work week, still another long list of new COVID-influenced federal sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A)

Another (too) busy work week for me meant that I needed this weekend to catch up on last week's  COVID-influenced grants of sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A).  As readers may recall, my last post with a list of recent grants (covering grants mostly from May 16 to 21) was quite lengthy.  Perhaps due in part of a shorter work-week, this listing is not quite as long, but it still represents lots of uplifting news for certain defendants and their loved ones during a time when I think we can ...
Tags: Law, United States, Jackson, Chester, Morris, Marshall Project, Somerville, McCoy, Gonzalez, Westlaw, Whyte, Petitioner, Harrell, Douglas A Berman, Feucht, Silkeutsabay


"Unconstitutional Incarceration: Applying Strict Scrutiny to Criminal Sentences"

The title of this post is the title of this new Yale Law Journal note authored by Salil Dudani.  Here is its abstract: The deprivation of a fundamental right triggers strict scrutiny, and freedom from physical restraint is a fundamental right.  Indeed, the right to be free from physical restraint lies at the very core of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause.  In the contexts of pretrial detention and civil commitment, courts hold that due process prohibits unnecessary incarceration a...
Tags: Law, Yale Law Journal, Douglas A Berman, Salil Dudani


After the Saturday night riot, the Sunday morning Madisonians emerge.

More people arriving this morning to scrub business walls, sweep glass on State Street pic.twitter.com/JKBSRNBsUc— Katelyn Ferral (@katelynferral) May 31, 2020 ADDED: Last night:A few minutes ago in Madison, WI. pic.twitter.com/A7SOCTrEZB— Shawn Johnson (@SJohnsonWPR) May 31, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Cleaning, Law, Museums, Protests, Madison, Graffiti, Shawn Johnson, Ann Althouse, Madison WI


Proposed book title: "From Caring to Karen: A Woman's Journey."

I thought of the title. It's writing prompt for you. What's the story? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Karen, Ann Althouse, Unwritten Books


"We cannot let the work of a few undermine the pain felt by our Black neighbors or distract from the source of this grief and anger—we must remember George Floyd..."

"... his life matters, he should still be alive today. Right now, we must respond with our empathy and compassion. We must remember that anger and grief about injustice never need justification. We need systemic change to address the racism in our state and our country. As folks continue to protest and demand accountability and change, please do so peacefully—be kind to each other, help each other, and keep each other safe. And the stories of our neighbors who are hurting and demanding a more ju...
Tags: Law, Evers, Tony Evers, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Racial Politics, George Floyd, Tony Evers He


A good run: Overlawyered, 1999-2020

I published the first Overlawyered post on July 1, 1999, and I expect this post on May 31, 2020 will be the last. As someone in the entertainment world once put it, “Leave before they want you to leave.” I appreciate the outpouring of good wishes in recent days. My gratitude to all those who have made it possible, including the Cato Institute, which has published the site for the past 10 years. And especially to the readers. — Walter Olson Tags: about the site
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, About the site, Cato Institute, Walter Olson


Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Ju stice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. FAILLITE ET INSOLVABILITÉ : Vu l’état d’urgence sanitaire, il convient d’accueillir la demande d’ordonnance omnibus produite par la surintendante des faillites et visant à assurer une plus grand...
Tags: Law, Canada, Ju, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Juge Louis J Gouin Date


Manchester tower block residents ineligible for £1bn recladding fund

Leaseholders facing huge bills are told cash does not cover work started before 11 MarchResidents of a Manchester tower block facing bills of thousands of pounds to fix dangerous cladding have been dealt “a massive blow” after finding out they are ineligible to apply for the government’s new £1bn building safety fund.The fund, which was officially launched on Tuesday, excludes remediation work that started before 11 March – the day the fund was announced as part of the spring budget. Continue re...
Tags: Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Grenfell Tower fire


Out on the 'microbeats' where police hope to reclaim London's streets from gangs

Crime has fallen in lockdown, and the Met has a new strategy to take back control. The Observer goes out with the ‘violence suppression unit’ in CroydonThey are known as MBs – microbeats – small sections of London synonymous with drugs and violence. The scruffy strip of shops that lines London Road outside West Croydon station is the most notorious MB in the south London borough, itself one of the metropolis’s most violent by far.Covid-19 brought a brief hiatus to Croydon’s cycle of violence. No...
Tags: London, Crime, Police, Communities, Society, UK News, Gangs, Metropolitan Police, Croydon, London Road, West Croydon



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