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Commercial Litigation

Useful Court Orders to Seek in Commercial Litigation

A commercial dispute typically involves issues arising between parties in a business environment. It can include interpersonal or legal disagreements about issues like conflict among shareholders, breach of contract, partnership disputes, and much more.   Almost every business faces a commercial dispute at some point. How people address business disagreements can vary, but in many cases, the Court must get involved and make an order. These orders can be requested as the final end of a lawsuit or as a measure...

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Corporate and Commercial Litigation

It is inevitable businesses run into internal and external disputes. Those disagreements can escalate to lawsuits, otherwise known as corporate and commercial litigation.    Business-related lawsuits can be lengthy and complicated. The stress for those involved multiplies when you consider the legal costs of commercial and corporate litigation. However, using the legal system might be the only path to resolve your business disputes.    The corporate and commercial litigation process is filled with technicalities, formalities, and legal jargon. Mistakes in the legal process...

Workplace Suspension

What is a Workplace Suspension?

Workplace suspensions are always difficult to deal with for both employers and employees. When we talk about workplace suspensions, there is always confusion amongst employers as to what their rights and obligations are in the event that they wish to suspend one of their employees. Suspending an employee from work is always a very difficult decision and it can carry many risks for employers and damage the employment relationship if not handled with utmost care.  The Supreme Court of Canada...

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What To Do If Your Business Partner Is Pushing You Out

Business relationships are complicated. They require people with different personalities and motivations to work together to achieve their business goals.    Sometimes partners can keep their differences aside and work together for the sake of business. Often, it becomes difficult for the business partners to get over their disagreements, and their relationship must end.    Partners subject to a partnership agreement must follow its terms when ending their business relationship. Without a written partnership agreement, provincial and federal law governs the terms of...

Long Term Disability

What is Long Term Disability?

Employees across several industries can find themselves physically or mentally unable to perform their usual job duties for a prolonged period of time. This could result in a loss of income which may cause a significant financial strain. An employee who has a long-term disability policy either through their employment or privately can access this benefit. Overall, long-term disability is considered a safety net for those individuals who are unable to return to work, this benefit offers them a...

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What does the phrase ‘Quiet Quitting’ mean?

Over the last couple of weeks, a new trend on TikTok has gotten everyone’s attention after a video went viral in which the phrase “quiet quitting” was used. We all ask ourselves what does this phrase mean? Is it slacking off? Are employees everywhere just deciding to quit their jobs? The short answer to these questions is no.    What does the phrase “quiet quitting” mean? Essentially this phrase means not doing more than what is expected, doing your duties for which...

Employment Standards

Do I Have To Give My Employees Notice?

When it comes to letting an employee go, employers are required to provide notice or termination pay in lieu of notice. Notice is the time period that begins when the employee was informed, they were being fired up until the employee’s last day of work. Employers must be aware of what their obligations are, as failure to comply with the minimum notice standards under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) can lead them to further and increased damages against themselves.  What...

Ontario Labour Relations

Can I start an action against my union for discrimination?

When an employee is in a unionized workplace, any issue that they have in the workplace must be dealt with through their union. Once a union is certified by the Labour Relations Board at a workplace, it doesn’t matter if the employee has actually signed up to join the union; they still have to pay dues and can only bring legal claims under their collective agreement, if any. If they experience a workplace problem, they must use the channels...

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Why should I speak to an employment lawyer when I’m on long term disability?

Long-term disability (sometimes called “LTD”) is a type of insurance that pays monthly benefits to people who are more or less permanently unable to work due to a medical condition, injury, or disability. LTD benefits give individuals a type of financial protection when they are unable to work due to a disability. LTD benefit payments vary between 60-85% of your final average income, and if the disability becomes permanent payments can last until the age of 65.     Being unable to...

Employment Standards Act

Can an employer access employees’ communication or data without consent?

In Ontario, it may come as a surprise to some that employers have the legal right to monitor their employees' activities while in the workplace or during the work day for remote models. This includes accessing employees' communication records and data. As a result, the Ontario government passed Bill 88: Working for Workers Act, 2022 ("Act") to promote transparency and disclosure.    What is the impact of the Act on electronic monitoring in the workplace?   Before the Act, the practice of electronically monitoring employees...