Divorce: Expectation vs. Reality

Many recently first-time separated clients come to my office in Kitchener-Waterloo thinking about “divorce”. I often tell them that divorce is no big deal. The top separation issues are “kids, money and property”. If these have been settled fairly and legally, and the dissolution of the marriage is the only…

Deconstructing Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal can be complicated. Just what is it? And what can you do if you find yourself in a constructive dismissal situation? Let’s take a closer look: What is Constructive Dismissal? It is a situation in which your employer does not directly terminate you, but unilaterally changes significant parts…

Mental Illness in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Fostering a safe, healthy environment that prioritizes wellbeing is important for every business. When your workplace is psychologically healthy, your people are productive, contributing members of the team. However, in Canadian society, mental health is a growing issue: approximately one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their…

Cannabis and Cauliflower

In the last few weeks, it seems as if everyone has jumped on to the cannabis bandwagon. The news media is full of stories with Canadians ($$ in their heads) gleefully rubbing their hands together in anticipation of new opportunities to profit in a whole new sector of the economy….

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Even the most amicable divorce proceedings can hit a roadblock when it comes to the issue of child support. The reality is that it’s complex, and based on a variety of factors under provincial and federal law. While we can’t tell you what your support obligation or entitlement will be…

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

For those ending a marriage, among the many concerns and thoughts running through their minds is, “how much will my divorce cost?” The short answer is that it depends on your situation. Let’s dig into some factors that can influence the cost so you are as prepared as possible throughout…

Not Cleared for Take Off: Mistakes To Avoid In Your Separation

All too often in separation situations, one or both of the parties head for the barricades and do things far more than necessary to protect themselves. I sometimes call these actions “take offs”. For example: He takes her off of his health insurance coverage available at work. She takes him…

A Beginner’s Guide To Workplace Investigations

Workplaces work when people feel safe, included, and free to pursue opportunities based on their merit. They work when sound rules, processes, and procedures are followed — by everyone. Discrimination, harassment, exclusion, conflicts of interest, and other infractions create unsafe and/or unfair work conditions and may result in investigations. What…

What to Expect When You Meet With a Divorce Lawyer

Walking into a divorce lawyer’s office can be daunting; many people feel overwhelmed, nervous — and confused. What’s going to happen? Every separation, divorce, and individual is different, but when you know what to expect from the process, it can help set your mind at ease. Before Your Meeting Making…

What You Need To Know About The “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”

On October 23, 2018 the Ontario Ford government announced plans to repeal a number of the changes to employment legislation previously brought in by the Wynne government. The Ford government announced plans for an act, titled the ‘Making Ontario Open for Business Act’, which would repeal a bulk of the…

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