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?

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 »

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 »

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 »

You’ve Been Terminated: Now What?

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July 10, 2019
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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 »

New Anti-Harassment Regime Coming to Federal Workplaces and Parliament

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July 3, 2019
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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 »

Tornado and Emergency Leave: does such a thing even exist?

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June 12, 2019
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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 »