Court weighs in on constructive dismissals and layoff during COVID-19 pandemic
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic many employers were forced to reduce their workforces (often by placing employees on layoff) due to closures or declines in business because of the public health emergency. Employers looked for ways to respond to this situation that would balance their obligati…Continue reading the post titled Court weighs in on constructive dismissals and layoff during COVID-19 pandemic
Dependant support claims: the basics
The ability to choose who you want to include in your Will and what you want that person to receive—commonly referred to as “testamentary freedom”— is a deeply entrenched common-law principle. In the case of Canada Trust Co. v. Ontario (Human Rights Commission) (1990), 1990 CanLII 6849, the …Continue reading the post titled Dependant support claims: the basics
What is a Case Conference before a Dispute Resolution Officer?
The Dispute Resolution Program (DRO) program is available in certain locations of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, including London, Toronto, Brampton, Milton, Newmarket, Hamilton, Barrie, Durham, and St. Catharines. Family law Case Conferences All family law cases, if they follo…Continue reading the post titled What is a Case Conference before a Dispute Resolution Officer?
The benefits of separation agreements: Lessons from Bill and Melinda Gates
On Monday, May 3, 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were ending their marriage after 27 years. Having kept their separation quiet until now, the pair have been working quietly behind the scenes with their lawyers to come to a separation contract, or a “Separation Agreement” as we c…Continue reading the post titled The benefits of separation agreements: Lessons from Bill and Melinda Gates
U.S. Supreme Court limits the FTC’s power under § 13(b)
Canadian lawyers are often caught rubbernecking as blockbuster legal battles are duked out in the Supreme Court. Sometimes we watch on with admiration. Other times, we scratch our head. But this time, we stared in awe, as the wreckage of the FTC was hauled away by a resounding 9-0 defeat. Ju…Continue reading the post titled U.S. Supreme Court limits the FTC’s power under § 13(b)
COVID-19 worker income protection benefit
On April 29, 2021 the Ontario government passed the much anticipated COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 (the “Act”). The Act amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and provides employees, of provincially regulated employers, with up to three paid infectious disease emergency leave …Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 worker income protection benefit
Assessing medical malpractice damages – past and future expenses including health care costs
This article on past and future expenses including health care costs is part of a series of articles that discuss the types of damages that may be claimed in a medical negligence case. It is important to note, however, that each case is unique, and the damages claimed will differ as between …Continue reading the post titled Assessing medical malpractice damages – past and future expenses including health care costs
Electronic employee monitoring: Can you do it and what are the limits?
With approximately 40% of Canadians currently working from home due to the pandemic, employers are increasingly looking for ways to supervise and monitor productivity and attendance. While employers can monitor and collect information on their employees as part of their general right to mana…Continue reading the post titled Electronic employee monitoring: Can you do it and what are the limits?
Updates to medical assistance in dying
On March 17, 2021, the federal government brought into force changes to the law regarding medical assistance in dying. These changes are effective immediately. The major change is the removal of the requirement that a person’s natural death be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible. …Continue reading the post titled Updates to medical assistance in dying
Laws of attraction: When allowing employee romances may be bad for business (and the employer’s pocketbook!)
Many people spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Close bonds and friendships often develop between coworkers and, at times, romantic or sexual relationships result. So what’s an employer to do when the “laws of attraction” pose risk to the workplace – possibly even clash with th…Continue reading the post titled Laws of attraction: When allowing employee romances may be bad for business (and the employer’s pocketbook!)