Canadian home-buyers now subject to increased down payments

August 16th, 2016 by Florendo Llameg

Since February 15, 2016 home-buyers in Canada have been subject to larger down payments for properties between $500,000 and $1 million. The changes were the federal government’s attempt to settle Canada’s high demand real estate markets. Home-buyers are now required to put a down payment of at least 10 per cent on any amount of […]


Employers: A shining example of how not to treat your e …

August 5th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch and

Unfortunately, reasonable accommodation for employees in the workplace continues to be the source of significant litigation and even today we continue to see outrageous examples of employers behaving badly. A prime example of employer misconduct for failing to accommodate and providing reasonable notice is the case of Strudwick v Applied Consumer & Clinical Evaluations Inc. […]


Joint Ownership and Estate Planning

July 28th, 2016 by Alleen Sakarian

Estate planning can sometimes feel like an overwhelming experience, but with some guidance and professional advice, it does not have to be. A good starting point is to identify your goals with respect to passing your assets on to beneficiaries., Estate Administration Tax is a common concern among many testators (calculated at approximately 1.5% of […]


The Supreme Court of Canada’s take on unjust dismissa …

July 21st, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

Canada’s highest court rules that amount of severance cannot change whether a dismissal is “unjust” in Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (2016) True or false?  An employer can dismiss an employee for any reason, as long as they provide notice or pay in lieu of notice, and as long as the reason for […]


Workplace Accommodation Has Limits

July 14th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

In Pourasadi v Bentley Leathers Inc., the Human Rights Tribunal found that accommodating a store manager by permitting the employee not to assist customers was not required, since assisting customers was an essential duty of her position. Many are familiar with the concept of an employer’s duty to accommodate disabled employees under Ontario’s Human Rights […]


Sending a Signal to Harassment Perpetrators and Employe …

July 12th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

In Silvera v Olympia Jewellery Corporation, the court awarded over $300,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, sexual and racial harassment and sexual assault to an employee. After a life of hardship, Michelle Silvera had begun to turn her life around. Originally from Jamaica, Michelle did not live with her mother or stepfather until she immigrated […]


Forcing directors to take condo-management courses

July 5th, 2016 by Florendo Llameg

Bill 106, also known as the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015 after being passed by the Ontario legislature. Bill 106 addresses various areas needing reform such as:  improved dispute resolution, stronger consumer protection, more transparent condo finances, greater openness and accountability in governance, condo manager licensing and regulation. […]


Can I Get Retroactive Child Support if I am No Longer a …

June 22nd, 2016 by John Schuman and Ira Marcovitch

In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the Family Law Act, the Divorce Act, and the Child Support Guidelines. Under both the Family Law Act and the Divorce Act, parents have an obligation to support their children. When parents separate, this obligation usually takes the form of child support. You should listen […]


Child support from a parent who lives the high-life  …

June 20th, 2016 by John Schuman

“My spouse lives the high-life, but reports almost nothing on their tax return. Does that mean they pay almost no child support to?” John Schuman, head of the Family Law department at Devry Smith Frank LLP, answers this question many clients deal with and ask. Watch the video to learn more about this Child Support. […]

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