Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

The law in Ontario is pretty harsh on employees who have been fired. For the most part, employers are at liberty to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even for no reason at all. However, an employer’s power to dismiss without cause isn’t unlimited.

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Criminal Law, Legal Information

Legally married spouses of criminally accused persons are now competent and compellable witnesses for the Crown. Those who are legally married nevertheless retain the right to assert spousal privilege, and to refuse to answer questions about communications during the marriage.

Being a Surety for Bail

Being a Surety for Bail

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information

Many of us will be asked at some point in our lives to act as a surety for a partner, family member, loved one, co-worker or friend. What does being a surety mean? What are a surety’s responsibilities? What do I need to know to become a surety?

Welcome Overhaul of Ontario Employment Standards

Welcome Overhaul of Ontario Employment Standards

The Stronger Workplaces Act changed Ontario employment standards, making complaints more feasible for recovering back-wages and seeking compensation for standards violations. The changes also expanded protections to previously-excluded foreign workers, and bolstered standards for precarious workers in temporary help agencies.

How Do I Submit an Employment Standards Claim?

How Do I Submit an Employment Standards Claim?

If you’ve been wronged in the workplace, an employment standards claim may be an option. What’s involved to make an Ontario employment standards complaint?

How does BAIL work in Canada?

How does BAIL work in Canada?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information

What is bail? What is a bail hearing? Who has to “show cause”, and what does that mean? What are the grounds for detention? How does bail work in Canada?

Constructing dismissal: recognizing when your employer is pushing you out, and what to do about it

Constructing dismissal: recognizing when your employer is pushing you out, and what to do about it

Constructive dismissal describes a situation when your employer has changed your terms of employment — including salary, position, location, tasks or responsibilities — to the extent that the law considers you to have been effectively fired from your old job and hired into a changed one. You may be entitled to a notice period or compensation.

Welcome to AvantLaw.ca!

Welcome to AvantLaw.ca!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in News

We are very pleased to officially launch our website and firm. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to two very talented women artists, without whom this beautiful website would not have been possible: Toronto graphic designer and web designer Liz MacInnis and Vancouver photographer Bethany Schiedel. Thank you!

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to strike in SFL v. Saskatchewan, it curtailed the Canadian state’s ability to intervene and suppress striking activity. Which means that the state is now [somewhat] more limited in its ability to suppress — through police violence or toleration of employers’ thugs — striking workers on behalf of employers, as it did so frequently in the past. That limitation, however modest, is unquestionably a victory for workers.

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

The SCC surprised this month with Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 – a unanimous decision quashing Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and unequivocally reaffirming the legitimate expression purpose of picketing during a legal strike. Despite its technical framing as a dispute between privacy and expression interests, this decision is a blow to employers whose interests lie in hampering the union’s ability to effectively dissuade people doing business with the employer.