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

November 13, 2019
Blog Post

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 »

Family Caregiver Leave: What do I Need to Know?

October 16, 2019
Blog Post

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?

October 2, 2019
Blog Post

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?

September 26, 2019
Blog Post

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?

Human Rights Tribunal or Legal Action?

August 21, 2019
Blog Post

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 »

Secretly Recording Conversations at Work: Risky Business

August 7, 2019
Blog Post

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 »

Amazon Warehouse Workers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany are on Strike: How will Amazon Ottawa Fare?

July 16, 2019
Blog Post

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 »

You’ve Been Terminated: Now What?

July 10, 2019
Blog Post

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 »