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NERA Vice President Dr. Stephanie Plancich presented "Wage and Hour Litigation in Canada: Use of Statistics in Class Certification Analyses" during a live employment law webcast on 5 December 2012. Dr. Plancich's presentation examined three wage and hour class action lawsuits in Ontario, Canada that were recently heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal. In its judgments, released in June 2012, the Court allowed certification in two of the three cases - against Bank of Nova Scotia and CIBC - and denied certification of the class against CN Railway. To reach these decisions, the Court evaluated specific factors about the nature of the positions and policies at each company. Dr. Plancich discussed how economic and statistical analysis can aid in the evaluation of such job characteristics, to determine if factors such as job responsibilities, patterns of alleged overtime work, and impact of company policies are common across proposed class members.

Other speakers included Johan Lubbe, Shareholder and US Practice Co-Chair, International Employment Law, Littler Mendelson PC; James E. Gregory, Partner, Proskauer; Anne Marie Lofaso, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law; Carson G. Burnham, Chair, International Practice Group, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC; Matthew W. Hoyt, Partner, Baker Hostetler; and William J. Milani, Member of the Firm; Epstein Becker & Green, PC.

Learn more about this webcast via The Knowledge Congress.