Expanding our Employment Law Helpline

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October 15, 2020
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On March 25th, we launched our free COVID-19 Employment Law helpline. Since then, we have helped hundreds of people whose employment situations were affected by COVID-19 navigate their options and understand their rights. Today, we are expanding our helpline to provide free assistance to employees in Ontario related to their human rights in employment. Nelligan… Read more »

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Law: Bonuses During Notice Period Must Be Paid, and Employers Should Not Act Dishonestly

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October 9, 2020
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Authors: Christopher Rootham and Adrienne Fanjoy In Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the rules around bonus payments or other incentive payments that become payable during the notice period after an employee is dismissed. The Supreme Court also made it clear that employers should not act dishonestly and… Read more »

With Cause or Not With Cause: Your Employment Contract May Be Unenforceable Regardless, Says the Ontario Court of Appeal in New Waksdale Decision

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July 3, 2020
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On June 17, 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal forged new ground in employment law with its decision in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. (“Waksdale”). This decision has significant implications for employees and employers with respect to one of the most important cornerstones of the employment relationship: the employment contract. The Role of the… Read more »

Can Your Employer Reduce Your Wages due to COVID-19?

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May 25, 2020
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To avoid mass lay-offs, many employers are reducing their employees’ wages without reducing their work hours. If you belong to this group of people, you must be feeling frustrated and confused – you are not alone. Generally, a reduction in your salary could constitute a constructive dismissal. A constructive dismissal is defined as a substantial… Read more »

Working Remotely and the Exacerbation of Toxic Workplaces

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May 5, 2020
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Throughout this pandemic, employers and employees alike have been challenged to adapt and find creative ways to meet workplace demands. For some individuals, this shift may have heightened already existing issues in the workplace. Employers and employees must be able to identify when heightened anxiety, frustration and challenges within a team amounts to a toxic… Read more »

Workplace Harassment While Working from Home

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April 27, 2020
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Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Grace Tran, Student-at-law, in writing this blog post. COVID-19 has resulted in many individuals working from home. But does working from home stop workplace harassment? Not necessarily. The Internet, technology, mobile devices, and social media have changed where “work” occurs. “Work” is no longer compartmentalized and defined by… Read more »

The Legal Do’s and Don’t’s of Office Romance

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February 5, 2020
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With January behind us, we can look forward to February, which means one thing: love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, finding someone to couple up with might be on your radar. But what if that special “someone” is a colleague? What are the do’s and don’t’s of office dating?… Read more »

Top 5 Tips for a Productive and Efficient Initial Consultation

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January 23, 2020
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An initial consultation with a lawyer can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people don’t know what to expect, or how to prepare. The following tips will help you get ready, making your first meeting less daunting, but also more productive. 1. Send Documents in Advance as Soon as Possible… Read more »