self represented, employment dispute lawyer, employment disputes

Self-Represented: What Can Go Wrong?

In light of increasing economic hardships and the costs of legal proceedings, it comes as no surprise that the number of self-represented litigants is on the rise in Ontario’s courts. This is especially true of many employees who are wrongfully dismissed and understandably anxious about paying their bills while seeking their legal entitlements against their former employer. Many assume that it is cost-effective to avoid even consulting with a lawyer because they could probably navigate their legal matter themselves. However,...

work permit, frustration of contract

Can the Expiry of a Work Permit Lead to Frustration of Contract?

A contract is a legally binding agreement that creates, defines, and governs the relationship among the contracting parties. It contains the terms of the parties’ mutual rights and obligations. Frustration of contract is a legal doctrine that allows parties to set aside an agreement where an unforeseen event makes it impossible to fulfill its terms. Generally, the frustration of a contract due to the impossibility of performance leads to its termination without legal liability. Canadians and permanent residents have a right to...

negotiation, begotiation skills, litigate, litigation lawyer

Is Negotiation Better Than Litigation?

One of the most challenging decisions that parties often face while resolving disputes is whether to negotiate or litigate. While some people are naturally inclined towards litigation, negotiation can be a viable alternative in some situations. A lawyer with effective negotiation skills can help achieve your desired outcome without going through expensive and exhausting court processes. The article below will explain whether it is better to negotiate or litigate and how a lawyer can use their negotiation skills to help...

vaccination policy, work environment, employment lawyer

Should Employers Update their Vaccination Policies?

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world, the government and employers introduced various precautions to limit the spread of the disease. The most common measures included mandatory face masks, compulsory COVID-19 testing, a remote or hybrid work environment, and a vaccination policy. Among these measures, mandatory vaccination policies faced the maximum resistance. With the pandemic seemingly under control, many employers are still undecided about updating their vaccination policy. The article below will try to help you decide. All Canadian...

reprisal, employee rights, employment lawyer

Employee Rights When an Employer Has Taken Reprisal Action

Ontario Employee rights are protected under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, but reprisal may occur against an employee for exercising these rights. Reprisal occurs when an employer intimidates, dismisses, or penalizes an employee because they assert their workplace rights. ‘Penalize’ is broad in meaning, encompassing discipline that unfairly disadvantages the employee. Reprisal can be subtle, such as comments made during a performance review, or more blatant, such as a termination without...

interim relief, commercial litigation, litigation lawyer

What Interim Reliefs Can You Seek from the Court during Commercial Litigation?

Interim orders preserve the rights, assets, or interests of any party to litigation during the proceedings of the case. This article will elaborate on the interim reliefs a party can seek from the court during commercial litigation and when to request them. It will also explain how a commercial litigation lawyer can help a party seek appropriate interim relief. An order for interim relief is usually valid until the final hearing of the case unless the court vacates it at...

human rights, workers rights, human rights lawyer

Canada’s Support Against Human Rights Breaches in Qatar

Qatar’s questionable treatment of migrant workers tasked with building the FIFA World Cup 2022 (“World Cup”) infrastructure has reignited the debate around human rights and migrant workers’ rights. As Canada joins other nations in expressing concerns over Qatar’s human rights abuses, the article below will answer some important questions raised by the situation in Qatar, particularly: what are human rights?; and what are migrant workers’ rights in Ontario? Further, it will explain how an employment and human rights lawyer...

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How to Request Accommodation at Work

The Ontario Human Rights Code ("Code") requires every employer and union to reasonably accommodate employees who fall under the protected grounds of discrimination. An employee's request for an accommodation triggers the employer's duty to provide reasonable accommodation. This article below will discuss the procedure for requesting accommodation at work and the employer's obligation to provide reasonable accommodation. Further, it will explain how an employment and human rights lawyer can help with your accommodation request. Under the Code, every employer has a duty to accommodate....

company assets

What to Do When a Director Misappropriates the Company’s Assets

The directors of a corporation are required to manage and/or supervise the management of the business and its affairs. The Board of Directors decides the general direction of the business, oversees the business operations, and decides corporate policy. As such, they exercise significant power and control within a corporation. As the corporation’s directing hands and minds, the directors enjoy significant control over its assets and funds. They manage the company’s bank accounts and undertake the sale and purchase of...

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Selling Shares: Top 5 Costly Mistakes

Shares represent a company’s equity ownership divided up into units. Shareholders own a percentage of a company in proportion to the shares they purchase. The sale of shares – or ‘stocks’ – dilutes a company’s ownership across multiple shareholders. A share purchaser with voting rights may influence a corporation's management. Further, depending on their shareholdings, shareholders might also have a deciding vote on major corporate decisions. However, having the ability to impact major corporate decisions also carries potential liability.  A shareholder...