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Growing relationship between employment, LTD law

Recent case law around long-term disability (LTD) insurance highlights the growing intersection between employment and disability law principles, Barrie-area personal injury and ... Read more

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Legal review of severance package critical with termination

Employees given a termination letter should always seek legal advice before signing the document, whether or not they have an employment agreement with a termination clause, ... Read more

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Technology increases productivity and efficiency, cuts costs and errors

Legal firms should embrace technological change, including artificial intelligence, to help reduce the burden of mundane tasks, become more efficient and cut costs, says Korbitec ... Read more

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It's motorcycle season: motoring public, watch your surroundings

With summer the busiest driving season for motorcycles, it’s important for everyone on the roadways to be aware of their surroundings at all times to avoid a crash, Toronto ... Read more

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More lawyers needed in political office: Dale

More lawyers are needed in political office so the government can draw on their legal expertise and “weigh in on the legality” of laws, Toronto criminal and civil ... Read more

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Deferring a child support obligation

By Lisa Gelman A recent Ontario decision considered the question of when a party’s obligation to pay child support may be deferred for a period of time. What happened? The ... Read more

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Washroom please — hold the frappuccino

By Marcel Strigberger We just saw the U.S. Starbucks close down its outlets for several hours to allow for sensitivity training of staff following an event at a Philadelphia branch where an ... Read more


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Siskinds files proposed class actions against banks
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Siskinds LLP has filed proposed class-action lawsuits against the two Canadian banks involved in recent cyber-security breaches, says London, Ont., privacy lawyer Peter Dillon ... Read more

SCC ruling indecisive on jurisdiction of internet defamation
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Lower courts may have trouble applying a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision on jurisdiction for internet defamation, Toronto defamation lawyer and appellate counsel Brian ... Read more

What to consider when buying a cottage property
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Purchasing a cottage can be an attractive option to get into the market at a lower price with the potential to earn rental income, but Toronto real estate lawyer Blair Drummie ... Read more

Coaches can help lawyers execute a mid-life professional makeover
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Completing a mid-life professional makeover is easier for lawyers than it sounds as long as they have the right professional guidance, Toronto lawyer and certified executive ... Read more

Questions for your advisor Part 1: Finding someone you can work with
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Investors shouldn’t be afraid to interview advisors before settling on someone they can work with, says Dawn Marchand , vice-president of marketing and direct distribution ... Read more

'Language is critical' when drafting real estate contracts
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An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that questioned the interpretation of an illegal substances clause illustrates that language is critical in drafting Agreements of Purchase ... Read more

Steps for boosting chances of successful PI claim
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In the first instalment of a two-part series, Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee discusses actions that personal injury claimants can take to boost their chance of a ... Read more

Family feuds: wills and estates
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In the first instalment of a three-part series exploring the issues and dynamics of civil claims outside of the area of family law, Toronto mediator and settlement counsel ... Read more

Employers should review benefits plans after HRTO ruling: Rudner
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Employers across Ontario should review their benefit plans in case they have to change them following a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) decision impacting workers age ... Read more

HRT ruling on benefits for older workers puts employers on notice
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A recent human rights tribunal ruling that declared it’s unconstitutional to deny group health benefits to workers over age 65 is an important shift in Ontario ... Read more

Award for moral damages without medical evidence good news for workers
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A judge’s decision to award a fired executive moral damages without requiring medical evidence is a boost for employees, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell ... Read more

Disputing spouses beware: online posts may be used as evidence
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When it comes to submitting evidence in a family law case, the courts mostly consider communication between ex-spouses that is in writing, says Kitchener family lawyer Lorrie ... Read more

Purchasing a business Part 2: the structure
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In Part 2 of a three-part series on the legal ins and outs of buying a business, Toronto lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris l ooks at the options for structuring your new ... Read more

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Cannabis Act passes final hurdle, legalization date announced
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By Laura Williams On June 18, 2018, the Senate passed a finalized version of Federal Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the Act). The Act will become law upon receiving royal assent, which is ... Read more

May joins call for commission of inquiry into professor's extradition
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By Gary Botting Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May has hopped on board a proposal for a commission of inquiry into the extradition case of an Ottawa professor under the Inquiries Act, ... Read more

Four summer vacation tips for divorced parents
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By Steven Benmor There is never a good time in the year to divorce. But divorce is a reality of life. Some divorce in the winter. Some divorce in the summer. Whenever the divorce does occur, ... Read more

Court reporting the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry
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By Kim Neeson Neesons is providing same-day rough draft and overnight certified transcripts in the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry focusing on the tragic events caused by former nurse ... Read more

Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud
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By Kate Dewhirst Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Decision 68 reads like a made for TV movie. It’s a doozy. ... Read more

What you need to know about letters of intent
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By Anton Katz The very first document that is negotiated between the parties in a transaction – such as the purchase of a business – is often a letter of intent (LOI). While ... Read more

Can my child decide which parent they want to live with?
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By Marcus Sixta When parents are in the process of divorce or separation, sometimes children may express a desire to live with one parent over another. If this occurs in a family law case, ... Read more

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act
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By Joseph Neuberger According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an effort to protect ... Read more

Paralegals versus criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa
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By Céline Dostaler When charged with a criminal offence some individuals believe that they can defend themselves in court, but once they realize the difficulty of the court system they seek ... Read more

Reviewing a severance package: what to expect
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By Doug MacLeod You have just been terminated. You have been given a week or so to accept a severance package but you don’t know if it is fair. That is where we come in. We tell you ... Read more

Why you should consider a marriage contract
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber Couples might be hesitant about entering marriage contracts out of fear that a contract pre-supposes the demise of a relationship. I prefer to look at marriage contracts as a ... Read more

Fired while ill?
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By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher For most of us, a secure job is one of the most important pillars in our life. It is a mainstay to financial security. Our employment laws are written ... Read more

Bill 174 (the Cannabis Act) — marijuana at the workplace
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By Christopher Achkar The topic of marijuana at the workplace is of particular importance nowadays. On July 1, 2018, the Canadian government plans to introduce an amendment to Bill 174, the ... Read more

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