How to start a union – Part 2 – Strategic Considerations

How to start a union – Part 2 – Strategic Considerations

So, you’re considering joining or forming a union. Unionizing is more of an art than a science. This post deals with strategic considerations that are likely relevant across Canada. This is Part 2 in our How to start a union series.

How to start a union (…in Ontario) Part 1 – two paths to unionization

How to start a union (…in Ontario) Part 1 – two paths to unionization

The first in our new series on how to start a union in Ontario. Is it worth considering? Can you find an established union to represent you, or do you create your own?

Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system

Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information, News

Justice of the Peace Julie Lauzon sits regularly in the main Ottawa bail court – where the liberty of people who are accused, but presumed innocent until proven guilty, is decided on a daily basis. In a recent National Post opinion piece, Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system, writing that Ottawa’s bail court, and others like it, “have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies, devoid of the rule of law”. These are serious claims, but they could not be more welcome or timely.

Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

I was recently welcomed by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Employment Services division, to give an employment law primer to staff. Besides having a good laugh together, I was asked a number of great questions. Here are the answers.

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Employment Law, News

“Five former workers claim they’re owed $17,662 in compensation for lost wages from the jail hostel after it abruptly closed the popular Mugshots bar this summer.” Story by Joe Lofaro of Metro News Ottawa. 

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?