Blog posts by Will Russell

Trespass and Restricting Access to Facilities and Events

Tuesday, May 14 by Will Russell
Published May 14, 2024 Sport organizations have an obligation to control their environments, including practices, competitions, and events. This can mean limiting or denying access to specific individuals because of disciplinary sanctions, ...

Recent Updates to the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code

Thursday, October 12 by Will Russell
Published October 12, 2023 Recently, the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code (the Code) was updated. Effective October 1st, 2023, these changes largely reflect the evolving involvement of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SD ...

Case Law Update: Delay in Administrative Proceedings

Thursday, August 11 by Will Russell
Published on August 11, 2022 Justice delayed is justice denied. But exactly how long is too long? Sport organizations are frequently required to manage administrative processes, from team selections to the evaluations of officials to overse ...

Right to Disconnect

Wednesday, May 25 by Will Russell
Published on May 25, 2022 The Rolodex. Fax machines. The watercooler. Icons and increasingly relics of ‘the office’ that are no longer relevant in the modern workplace. Mobile technologies, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops have dis ...

"Relax, it was just a joke...": Ontario Court of Appeal upholds zero tolerance for inappropriate workplace behaviour

Wednesday, April 27 by Will Russell
In a widely anticipated decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the termination of a 30-year employee for a single incident of misconduct. In Render v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited, 2022 ONCA 310, the Appellant (the employee ...

Clarity on Duty to Accommodate Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccinations on Religious Grounds

Thursday, March 10 by Will Russell
Published on March 10, 2022 A challenging issue that sport organizations have navigated in recent months is the implementation of mandatory vaccination policies. While vaccination requirements, along with testing and masking, are key mechan ...

Social Media Policies: Principles and Enforcement

Friday, February 25 by Will Russell
Published on February 25, 2022 Overview Social media use is abundant today, especially as COVID restrictions have moved much of our personal and professional lives online. Many sport organizations have found increased visibility and other b ...

Demystifying Legal Processes in Sport

Thursday, January 27 by Will Russell
Published on January 27, 2022 Part of our commitment to elevate sport is providing accessible information and practical guidance to the Canadian sport community, including clarifying frequently used terms. Given the potential for confusion ...

Considerations when Developing a Mandatory Vaccination Policy

Thursday, September 30 by Will Russell
Published September 30, 2021 As we gradually return to organized activities, many Sport Organizations are looking to update their COVID protocols for their employees, volunteers, participants, and spectators. A ...

Expanding to the East Coast

Wednesday, August 25 by Will Russell
Published August 25, 2021 By: Will Russell I am very excited to be joining Sport Law and contributing to the continued success of the group as well as the Sport Organizations that we assist.   Writing this post ...
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