Navigating COVID-19: Employment Lawyer’s Tips For Employers & Employees

Now that we’re weeks into the pandemic and government-mandated shutdown of all non-essential businesses, we understand both employers and employees may have more questions than ever. When will this end? Will my business survive? What options are available to me? What are my rights and obligations? Am I safe at…

Restricting Child Access: COVID-19 Urgent Motion Denied

A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice highlights the dilemma being faced by some separated parents over time sharing of their children in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Justice Pazaratz, of the Hamilton Superior Court, a very experienced jurist, was faced with an urgent motion…

Navigating Employment & Self Isolation – Employment Law Advice

We’re in unprecedented times. As Canadians are increasingly being asked – and required – to self isolate, people are staying home from work. But what exactly does that look like for employers and employees? Our partner and employment law expert, Melanie Reist, was interviewed by CTV to help educate our…

Where Can I Get The Best Employment Law Advice?

When you are facing challenging circumstances at work, advice is easy to come by. Friends tell you what they did in a similar (or completely dissimilar!) situation. Family members tell you what they would do. The internet tells you both what you want to hear and the last thing you…

You’ve Quit — But It May Have Been Constructive Dismissal. What Can You Do Now?

Picture this scenario: you walk into your office, ready to start your day. Out of the blue your employer informs you that they have changed your responsibilities, substantially reducing your workload and role. You receive a corresponding reduction in compensation related to the reduced duties. You struggle emotionally; you feel…

Sorting Out Your Severance Package

When you must leave a job unwillingly, you face a number of concerns — and emotions. It can be a tumultuous time, but assessing your severance package with a clear head is essential. How is severance calculated? What should your employer include? And, critically, what steps should you take if…

Risk-Managed Holiday Parties: A Checklist For Employers

It’s that time of year again! Holiday parties can be a wonderful way to celebrate, build relationships and morale, and relax a bit in the midst of a hectic season. They can also be a hotbed for HR complaints and incidents. We don’t want to spoil the fun! But we…

The Employee’s Guide To Working With Mental Health Or Addiction Issues

An estimated 20% of the Canadian population experiences mental health or addiction problems in any given year. These issues cut across age, income, race, gender, and cultural lines: no one is immune. While there is still stigma surrounding mental health and addiction issues, the reality is that these are very…

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