Is the Unofficial Reasonable Notice Cap Officially Gone?

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February 22, 2017

If I am terminated without cause, what reasonable notice am I entitled to? Is there a maximum amount? Employees who have been terminated without cause often file a claim against their former employer. If the employee is successful in proving their claim, the court will then determine the length of notice that the employer should have provided to the employee.

Landmark Decision for Survivors of the Sixties Scoop

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February 16, 2017

On Tuesday, Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba rendered a landmark class action decision in Brown v. Canada (Attorney General), siding with survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The case centered on the removal (the scoop), by Ontario social services agencies, of on-reserve Aboriginal children from their families. These children were placed either in foster homes or for adoption, between the years 1965 and 1984.

[Media Release] BlackBerry Class Action

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February 16, 2017

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP has commenced a class action against BlackBerry Limited (“BlackBerry”) on behalf of a group of BlackBerry’s employees working in Ontario and across Canada.

Trust Investments: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

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February 16, 2017

One of the basic principles of investing and a way to mitigate your financial risk is to maintain a diverse portfolio. This advice should also be heeded by estate trustees, who are often overseeing a number of different investments and making financial decisions on behalf of the beneficiaries. A decision from last year, Mowry v Groome, demonstrates what can happen if an estate trustee mismanages these investments.

Family Day – Who Is Entitled To A Day Off?

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February 15, 2017

Family Day was introduced by the provincial government in 2008, and it means that employees covered by the holiday provisions in Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are entitled to this public holiday with pay.

Is That A Cheese Stick In Your Pocket? Dismissal For Off-Duty Conduct

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February 14, 2017

Can I do whatever I like outside of work, without it affecting my job? What about if we’re talking criminal activity? Can I be fired for something that happens when I am off duty? These were the questions considered in a recent labour arbitration Grand Erie District School Board v Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, District 23.

Customary Adoption – What Is The Law In Your Province?

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February 8, 2017

Customary adoption is an integral and long-standing practice among Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is an important means of addressing basic issues of family and community membership, as well as more profound issues of transferring knowledge and ceremony. To this day, it remains part of the practical and cultural reality experienced by many Indigenous families.

Happy Setsubun!

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February 3, 2017

We wish Happy Setsubun to all our Japanese friends and family! February 3rd was Setsubun festival in Japan, celebrated a day before the start of Spring (in the Japanese lunar calendar).