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 »
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 »
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 »
As has been widely reported, tech giant Amazon is set to open a million-square-foot warehouse in Ottawa, which will employ approximately 600 people. While the announcement of hundreds of new jobs is generally good news for Ottawa, we have to ask whether the global company will be able to adapt to the particular employment protections… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
After two or three decades of employment, you have been handed a severance package and shown the door – now what?
The Government of Canada announced last September that it would be rolling out a new Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Sharing Benefit. The roll-out was scheduled to take effect in June 2019 but is now available as of March 17, 2019.
Well, after a few years of plaintiffs understanding that there was a tort of harassment in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal (the “ONCA”) in Merrifield v Attorney General of Canada has definitively stated that there is no tort of harassment in Ontario, unless there is.