Powers of Attorney in Ontario

September 21st, 2016 by Alleen Sakarian

In Ontario, there are 3 types of Powers of Attorney (POA). This blog will offer a brief discussion of each. Non Continuing Power of Attorney for Property This POA is used in specific situations for a limited length of time. For instance, when an individual leaves the country. The individual outlines the specific tasks their […]


What rights do employees in Ontario have?

September 19th, 2016 by Christopher Statham

The Employment Standards Act applies to most workers in Ontario. It does not apply to workers in federally-regulated industries, such as banks and transportation. The ESA has rules that employers have to follow. For instance, it covers the topic of hours worked, what constitutes as minimum wage, when employees are qualified for severance pay, etc. […]


What are your rights as a residential tenant?

September 13th, 2016 by Florendo Llameg

Every tenant in Ontario has legal rights. These rights are provided for in the Human Rights Code and the Residential Tenancies Act. The landlord cannot discriminate against a potential tenant because of race, place of origin or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or marital status, family status or disability. Once the tenant moves […]


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 […]

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