You’ve Been Terminated: Now What?

Blog Post
July 10, 2019
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Daniel Hunter, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post. The immediate aftermath of a termination is a turbulent time, and some employers may try to use this to their advantage. Therefore, it is important that you understand your rights. Here are five things to have in mind immediately… Read more »

Misrepresentation and Retroactive Child Support – how far back can you go?

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July 3, 2019
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What happens if your former spouse misrepresented income when previously determining child support obligations? How many years back can you claim retroactive child support or a variation in support? Read as family lawyer Ira Marcovitch explains: In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the Divorce Act, the Family Law Act, and the… Read more »

New Anti-Harassment Regime Coming to Federal Workplaces and Parliament

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July 3, 2019
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In the wake of #MeToo and increasing awareness of the pernicious effects of harassment in the workplace, the government has been working towards modernizing labour legislation to ensure greater protection for employees in federal workplaces and at Parliament.   On October 25, 2018, Bill C-65: An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and… Read more »

Trades Improving Federal Property – Prompt Payment and Adjudication May Be Just Around the Corner

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June 17, 2019
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Avery Ross, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. Ontario’s new Construction Act is set to fast-track payment for federal construction projects and is designed to help ensure swift resolution of payment disputes. But, in cities such as Ottawa, where federally owned property is often developed and renovated,… Read more »

S.H. v. D.H. Revisted – Use of Embryos After Separation

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June 14, 2019
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Alaina Woolfrey, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. In July 2018, the Superior Court of Justice released its decision in S.H. v. D.H., wherein it was held that the wife of a separated couple should be permitted access to the last remaining embryo owned by the couple,… Read more »

Tornado and Emergency Leave: does such a thing even exist?

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June 12, 2019
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Denise Deschênes, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. For those of us living in the nation’s capital, tornado warnings are becoming a more frequent occurrence. The most recent tornado to affect Ottawa seemed to take everyone by surprise, including severe weather meteorologists. So, if you receive a… Read more »

My Former Spouse Paid Off My Student Loans – Do I Have to Pay Him Back?

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June 4, 2019
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Read as Associate lawyer Ira Marcovitch answers the following question of student loan repayment after divorce: Before my husband and I married, I had been attending university. I convocated in May 2003 and my OSAP loans of $30,000 had to start being paid off in November 2003. We married in August 2003.My husband inherited money… Read more »

Will Kits: Understanding the Consequences of “Do-It-Yourself” Estate Planning

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May 16, 2019
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An extended version of this article originally appeared in the January/February 2019 edition of Fifty-Five Plus Magazine. Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Rebekah Schultz, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post.  A stroll to your nearest office supply store, or a five-second Google search will generate numerous “do-it-yourself” Will Kits promising huge savings… Read more »