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Beyond Basics: Operating Your Business

Building off the basics of intellectual property, the different types of business entities that can be carried on in Ontario, and how to avoid legal disputes, this seminar will provide information to assist you in laying the legal foundation for your business. We will discuss
• The difference between a trade-mark and a trade name;
• How to draft contracts that are legally binding and in relation to the type of business entity you have;
• What is a pre-incorporation contract and how to make it legally binding;
• How to convert firm a sole proprietorship to a corporation and what to watch out for.

Protecting your company and your employees: Dealing with harassment complaints

Employees are entitled to safe and healthy workplaces, and employers in Ontario are legally obligated to take proactive steps to reasonably ensure safety and security of their employees. This includes creating a workplace that is free of harassment, and to effectively address complaints when the do arise.
With the recent increase in harassment claims, is your company prepared? Are you fostering a work environment that is harassment free? What should you do if/when a complaint is reported to you?

Stephanie Lewis, an employment lawyer from Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, will be canvassing considerations and best practices when dealing with and investigating a harassment complaint. In her practice, Stephanie has acted for employees advancing harassment complaints, has represented employers responding to them, and she has conducted a number of workplace investigations. She has experience dealing with such complaints from all perspectives and looks forward to addressing any questions you may have.

How to Get Paid Without Going to Court

For small businesses, the cost of litigating unpaid accounts can be prohibitive. Although a successful litigant is generally entitled to partial recovery of its legal costs, often times, such costs aren’t recovered until years after an action is commenced, if at all. Consequently, for business clients, for whom cash flow is king, the juice of litigating unpaid accounts often times isn’t worth the squeeze. Our business law lawyer Kyle Stout and learn how to protect your business against unpaid accounts through contract, rather than chasing them in Court (or writing them off) after the fact. Whether through personal guarantees when contracting with a corporation, or under a General Security Agreement registered under Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act, there are several contractual means available to businesses to protect against bad debts. This lecture will cover the basics of how to protect your business now so that you don’t have to sue later to recover unpaid accounts.

Marijuana and Employment – Will I Be Able To Smoke at Work? Our employment lawyer Jim Anstey recently sat down to chat about marijuana in the workplace, what employees and employers should know about the law, and how they can prepare.

What are the most significant changes to the Construction Lien Act proposed by Bill 142, and how will they affect your business?

Interview with David Contant, litigation lawyer with our Commercial Litigation Group.

Current and past articling students talk about their experience at Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Each year, Nelligan O’Brien Payne hires articling students from universities across the country to work alongside our lawyers and learn all the intricacies of the legal profession. This tradition dates back many years. We gathered some of our current articling students as well as the ones who articled in the past and have now become lawyers and partners  at the firm to share share about their experience.

What’s fertility law? Our lawyers Pam MacEachern and Erin Lepine talk about what Fertility Law is and things you should be aware of when starting or helping someone start a family using reproductive technologies.

Carol Craig on Elder Law

Our lawyer Carol Craig talks about Elder law and how it combines several legal areas of law into one area of practice. Elder encompasses many different practice areas including such as discrimination in the workplace or in the healthcare sector… It deals with such issues as consent, capacity, power of attorney, estate planning, elderly abuse, housing just to name a few.

Craig O’Brien on slip-and-falls

Winter is coming, so what does that mean for local businesses? Commercial Litigation lawyer Craig O’Brien talks about how businesses can avoid and address weather-related slip-and-falls on their premises. Is that what you’re looking for? Please scroll to 2:35 to skip introduction