The Top 6 Benefits of Collaborative Practice

Divorce: when approached the wrong way it can be contentious, adversarial, and costly — both financially and emotionally. The traditional approach often leaves both parties bitter and angry; it is designed as me vs. them. Collaborative practice (a.k.a. collaborative divorce) shifts this dynamic, opening the opportunity for a cooperative, fair,…

Got a New Job Offer? 3 Items to Review in Your Employment Contract

When you’re about to start a new job, you may experience a flood of thoughts and emotions. Excitement. Eagerness. Trepidation. Perhaps a bit of anxiety. But one feeling you should not have, especially when it comes to your employment contract or offer letter, is confusion. Before you sign, make sure…

Melanie Reist named this year’s OBA Randall Echlin Mentorship Award Recipient

The Ontario Bar Association has named Morrison Reist partner, Melanie Reist recipient of the 2017 OBA Randall Echlin Mentorship Award. The Award was established in 2013 by the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour and Employment Law Section in honour of the late Justice Echlin, former Judge of the Ontario Superior Court…

How is Social Media Impacting Workplace Relationships

In the spring of 2012, I was privileged to be part of the committee that put together a two-day special lecture series on employment law and the new workplace in the social media age.   We spent two days on a variety of topics ranging from privacy issues, social media network…

Unbundling That Won’t Cost You A Bundle

Our court system is lengthy, document intensive and complicated.  Many of those in court are representing themselves.  It’s a difficult challenge to understand court procedure, keep up with the documentation and court appearances especially if there is a lawyer on the other side, but even in cases where neither party…

At Last – Guidance on Required Medical Documentation in Disability / Accommodation Situations

One of the most difficult areas we confront as employment lawyers is the flow of medical information when managing issues of accommodation for people with disabilities. It is important for employers and employees to understand their obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”). The term “disability” has been interpreted…

Time for a Change?

In family law things change.  In particular, support orders change over time.  Mothers, fathers, husbands and wives change jobs.  Their incomes change.  Children who are once dependant become independent.  Special expenses for children under Guideline legislation changes.  These and other circumstances that occur in the ordinary year by year life…

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