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New developments regarding the TTC ‘Fitness for Duty’ policy

By Laura Williams In an early application of its “Fitness for Duty” policy (the policy), the Toronto Transit Commission (the TTC) has suspended a driver who ... Read more

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Plaintiff wins summary judgment, gets $24K for claim, $35K costs

By Barry B. Fisher In this case, the judge found that a 72-year-old security guard with 12 years’ service was entitled to 8.6 months notice and $7,500 for mental ... Read more

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Racial divide in criminal charges for marijuana use in Toronto

By John Navarrete Toronto, Ont. is often seen as a multicultural city where multiple races enjoy opportunity and equality. However, a Toronto Star analysis recently showed ... Read more

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Ontario’s minimum wage increase puts strain on HR professionals

By Laura Williams It’s fair to say that employers across Ontario were prepared for the provincial government to introduce at least some labour reforms as part of the ... Read more

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So you want to get paid?

By Inga Andriessen One of the things our firm is great at is helping businesses get paid. By the time we’re involved, it’s usually a litigation matter, however, ... Read more

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Getting paid by two employers at the same time

By Nicole Simes Wrongful dismissal damages are normally subject to mitigation, which means that income from a new job after termination is deducted from the damages a ... Read more

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As crime rate decreases, charges for illegal substances rise

By Joseph Neuberger As the Canadian government seeks to change laws surrounding marijuana usage, statistics show that police officers are increasingly cracking down on pot ... Read more

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Facebook is used by police

By Lawrence Forstner It may not seem like the most unbelievable news to learn that the police are on Facebook, but yes that's right, the police use social media too! And ... Read more

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Proposed tax changes a ‘renewed attack’ on job creators

By Dennis Nerland The Department of Finance released new proposed tax legislation and policy on July 17, 2017. The new policies target income splitting in private ... Read more

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Ten things that happen if you die without a will in Ontario

By Timothy N. Sullivan If ‘making a will’ has been one of those things on your long-term to-do list but doesn’t seem to ever become a top priority, ... Read more

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Why is everybody dangerous now?: a case comment

  By Karri-Lynn Hennebury In May 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal based on this case , the constitutional challenge to the current dangerous ... Read more

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Legal innovation – unlocking your creativity

By Kate Dewhirst The pressure to “innovate” is everywhere. Even though the practice of law is not exactly renowned for being cutting edge, as lawyers ... Read more

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Affair may allow wife to seek larger share of net family property

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  recently ruled  that a wife whose husband had been having an affair may seek a larger share of net family property to ... Read more

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Investigating an employee’s digital activity

By Ryan Duquette You’ve been asked to review the digital activity of an employee. Your company has some concerns and wants you to investigate. With the amount of ... Read more

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Exclusion clauses in LTD policies

By Salvatore Shaw and Nicole Fielding , summer student Long-term disability (LTD) coverage is designed to provide individuals suffering from long term disabilities with a ... Read more

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The hidden consequences of driving convictions

By Joanne Griffiths There are a number of different  driving-related offences  in the  Criminal Code  for which you may find yourself before the courts. ... Read more

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Crowded Ontario courts: many charges for violent crimes withdrawn

By John Navarrete In Ontario, nearly half of all criminal charges are withdrawn before trial. This rate outpaces every other part of Canada. A recent report suggests that ... Read more

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Challenging a jury for cause – be careful what you ask for

By Tyler Smith “Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it” is a variation on an old Yiddish curse: May you get what you wish for. It serves as apt ... Read more

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Latest chapter in employment law: probationary period termination

By Stuart Rudner and David Master In this edition of  The Latest Chapter , we discuss termination during the probationary period and the recent decision by the Ontario ... Read more

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Pitfalls of simply registering separation agreements

By Gene C. Colman I don't like separation agreements. Many would surely disagree. In my view, separation agreements are not always that easy to enforce. It is much better to ... Read more

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