‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

Blog Post
November 27, 2019
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With the holiday season upon us, ‘tis the season to talk about the night before Christmas we all look forward to at the workplace: the annual holiday work party. These celebrations come in all shapes and sizes: afternoon teas, gift exchanges, ugly sweater competitions, Christmas caroling, dinner, dancing – the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, so too are the possibilities for things to go wrong.

When bullying and harassment in the workplace becomes too much, what are my options?

Blog Post
November 13, 2019
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When experiencing harassment or bullying in the workplace, it may feel like there is no way out. Thankfully, the law in Ontario provides safeguards to ensure that individuals do not have to tolerate this type of work environment. Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post. Employees… Read more »

Family Caregiver Leave: What do I Need to Know?

Blog Post
October 16, 2019
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We all have responsibilities outside of work. Those responsibilities can sometimes include taking care of important people in our lives. Unfortunately, a loved one may become ill and you may find yourself in a situation where taking care of that loved one and juggling work is simply unmanageable.  This blog discusses employees’ entitlement to a… Read more »

Do I get time off work to vote?

Blog Post
October 2, 2019
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It’s that time of year—the leaves are changing and lawns everywhere are covered in blue/red/orange/green signs—we know what that means, it’s Election Season. It is important for employees and employer to remember that time must be provided to employees in order to cast their vote. As per the Canadian Elections Act, employees are entitled to… Read more »

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Should I Do?

Blog Post
September 26, 2019
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The sexual abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein led to an outpouring of allegations against other powerful people in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The workplace is an especially vulnerable place due to the obvious power imbalance between employees and their supervisors. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, what are your legal rights?

Ontario Court of Appeal addresses termination clauses – here we go again! Andros v Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., 2019 ONCA 679

Article
September 25, 2019
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently decided yet another case about the validity of a termination clause in a contract.  The clause at issue read as follows: The company may terminate the employment of the Managing Director by providing the Managing Director the greater of the Managing Director’s entitlement pursuant to the Ontario Employment… Read more »

I’ve already signed a Release – have I given up all my rights?

Blog Post
September 4, 2019
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You have already signed a full and final release as part of your settlement package following termination, but you want to bring a claim to seek more money. Is it too late? Now what? Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Avery Ross, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post. Employers often require employees to… Read more »

Human Rights Tribunal or Legal Action?

Blog Post
August 21, 2019
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I may have been discriminated and/or harassed: should I file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal or start a legal action at court? Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Adrienne Fanjoy, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post. Is there a policy or person at your workplace that makes you feel uncomfortable, unwelcome,… Read more »