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 »

Does child support end when a child turns 18?

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November 7, 2019
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Not necessarily. Child support is based on a child’s level of dependency, not just their age. In many cases, a child’s entitlement to support will extend for several years after they reach the age of majority. Who is a “child” for child support purposes? Two pieces of legislation govern child support in Ontario: the Family… Read more »

Does your partnership agreement make room for a side hustle?

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November 1, 2019
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This article originally appeared in the October edition of the Ottawa Business Journal Don’t limit your entrepreneurial passions with poor planning The side hustle. Entrepreneurs are driven by the passion to create. The next great idea is always percolating. It is now common for people to juggle multiple business ventures simultaneously. According to a study… Read more »

Family Caregiver Leave: What do I Need to Know?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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 »