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…

Things To Do When Negotiating A Severance Package

Finding yourself released from a job can be a shock, and it can leave you with a great deal of uncertainty. Severance packages protect the legal interests of your employer; they also give you a level of protection while you take the next steps in your career and life. But…

Is This Fair? A Closer Look At Your Legal Rights If You’ve Been Let Go

It’s Not Fair I’ve worked here for twenty years. Why did I get let go and Sheila in accounting didn’t? I did my job well, and they’re not even going to pay me what I’m worth in severance. When it comes to termination, “fair” is a loaded word. No, it…

Maxwell Bauer Weighs In On Overtime Case

One of our top lawyers, Maxwell Bauer, shared his employment law expertise with the CBC today as they took a closer look at a high profile case. Last year, “an arbitrator found Loblaws violated Ontario’s Employment Standards Act for not paying drivers overtime after the required 44 hours a week.”…

Unified Family Court Comes to Waterloo Region

You probably won’t be too excited about this.  But I am. As a family law lawyer, I have waited for a merger of our two present family law courts into one (hence the title “Unified Family Court” or “UFC”).  The first and only UFC was set up in Hamilton in…

Kitchener Waterloo: A Great Place to Live & Practice Law

It’s Friday afternoon on a very steamy summer day. I have had a monumentally busy week drafting documents, meeting with clients, speaking with other lawyers, preparing for court and… just being my usual dedicated, hardworking family lawyer self. Our office staff have served us well as always. Time for a…

Considering a Divorce in 2019? Eight Things To Know When Kids Are Involved

To get a ‘simple, uncontested’ divorce still involves a court application, although it is largely paperwork. If you have settled “kids, money and property” fairly and legally – for example by way of a Separation Agreement – your divorce application should be straightforward. If there are dependent children, you will…

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