Do I get time off work to vote?

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August 20, 2021
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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 »

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

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August 18, 2021
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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. Employees have a right to a workplace free from harassment and bullying. Ontario’s Human Rights Code (Code)… Read more »

How to Protect your Inheritance from Separation or Divorce

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August 10, 2021
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If you have received an inheritance from a loved one, chances are it was intended for you personally, and not your spouse. However, if you are not careful with what you do with the inheritance you could be required to share it with your spouse if you separate or divorce. Receiving an inheritance while married… Read more »

Malini Vijaykumar on CBC’s Canada Tonight

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August 6, 2021
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Can employers mandate vaccines for their employees? Watch as Malini Vijaykumar joins Ginella Massa on CBC’s Canada Tonight to discuss the legal considerations around the question that is top of mind for many:

Separation Agreements through Mediation: Frequently asked Questions

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July 23, 2021
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Since at least 1983, Ontario family courts have encouraged and upheld out-of-court processes wherever possible. Finally, in 2021, the federal Divorce Act and the Ontario Children’s Law Reform Act were amended to encourage separating couples to try alternative dispute resolution before they start a court action. Mediation is one of the dispute-resolution techniques that they… Read more »

Common Law Pension Entitlement

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July 6, 2021
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Read as Family Lawyer Ira Marcovitch breaks down the question of pension entitlement in a common-law relationship: I was in a common-law relationship for 13 years. We have 2 children together. He is taking out his $100,000 union pension and returning back to Ireland for good. Am I entitled to half of his pension? Entitlement… Read more »

Is Mediation Right for You?

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June 30, 2021
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Given the increasing cost of family law litigation – not to mention the acrimony that accompanies the court process – many Canadians are seeking alternative avenues for resolving parenting and financial issues arising from their separations. Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is becoming increasingly popular across the country, with mediation as the top choice of… Read more »

Craig O’Brien on Behind the Headlines

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June 24, 2021
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In the latest episode of the Ottawa Business Journal‘s Behind The Headlines podcast, Craig O’Brien explains how rent negotiations can help both commercial tenants and landlords stay afloat amidst challenging economic times brought on by COVID-19:  

Malini Vijaykumar weights in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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June 17, 2021
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Employment lawyer Malini Vijaykumar was recently interviewed by Global news to weigh in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and his subsequent legal challenge. She discusses Fortin’s application for judicial review, the notion of procedural fairness, and the systemic issue of sexual misconduct in the military. Click here to read… Read more »