Tough boss or bully?

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September 12, 2019
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This article interviewing Jill Lewis and Dana DuPerron originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of the Ottawa Business Journal There is a fine line between a tough boss and a bully. A bit of workplace criticism from a superior, such as a spelling or grammar correction, likely doesn’t cross that line. Yet sometimes, a... Read more »

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

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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 »

Nine Nelligan O’Brien Payne lawyers included in the 2020 Best Lawyers™ list

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August 22, 2019
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Best Lawyers™ has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers… Read more »

Human Rights Tribunal or Legal Action?

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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 »

Retroactive child support after age 18

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August 16, 2019
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I’m 18 and my dad never paid child support. I was wondering if I can sue him for the money? The payment of child support is one of the most common areas of contention arising from the breakdown of a marriage or familial unit. In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the… Read more »

Secretly Recording Conversations at Work: Risky Business

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August 7, 2019
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Most people these days have a smartphone in their pocket and/or a tablet in their bag. As such, it should come as no surprise that employees are increasingly recording conversations with colleagues or managers in the workplace in secret. It is easy to do this without the other person’s knowledge by simply setting your device… Read more »

ADR Chambers Appointed Authorized Naming Authority

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August 1, 2019
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Players in the construction industry are anxiously awaiting further changes to Ontario’s new Construction Act intended to fast-track payment for construction projects and help ensure swift resolution of payment disputes. As a component of this process, the province is one step closer to implementing mandatory adjudication for certain disputes, having appointed ADR Chambers to serve… Read more »

Common Law Pension Entitlement

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July 31, 2019
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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 »

Disability and/or Medical Leave: top 5 things to know about your entitlements

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July 24, 2019
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An area of the law that many employees find murky is disability leave and their entitlements during this time. This can be particularly distressing as individuals often only turn their minds to disability benefits when they are already feeling weak or vulnerable as a result of illness. Here are five things all employees should consider… Read more »