Understanding Wrongful Resignation in Ontario


The current employment and labour landscape have been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many businesses are allowed to resume normal (or near-normal) operations, some are struggling to staff these operations.  Employers are finding that laid-off employees are declining to return to work for a number of reasons. This has left employers short and scrambling to fill necessary positions.  Failure to inform an employer of an intent to resign, and failure to give what is known as reasonable notice, can result in a claim against the employee for wrongful resignation.  The unfortunate reality is that the pandemic is likely to give [...]

Understanding Wrongful Resignation in Ontario2022-04-20T18:58:44-04:00

Frustration of Contracts Ontario: What You Should Know


Frustration of contracts is a legal doctrine used most commonly in the area of employment law. While employment lawyers are quite familiar with its meanings and intricacies, most of the people impacted by the doctrine, namely employers and employees are not nearly as clear.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created complicated contractual relationships for many, raising many questions about frustration of contracts in Ontario.  To help employers and employees properly navigate this legal landscape, we are answering some common questions about the doctrine of frustration and what it could mean for you. What is Frustration of Contract? Some contracts contain what is [...]

Frustration of Contracts Ontario: What You Should Know2022-07-01T14:27:23-04:00

Courts in Ontario Interpret Meaning of Force Majeure During COVID-19


November 4, 2020 By: Michael Conway Businesses faced a novel challenge in Ontario when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential businesses were forced to close for an extended period of time to protect Ontario's public health. All businesses faced the challenge of how to respond to these unexpected closures which in some cases put a complete stop on operations and revenues for up to months. Faced with a lack of revenue, businesses became unable to pay bills necessary to keep them in business. A common example of this are rent payments. Organizations turned to the provisions of their contracts and many [...]

Courts in Ontario Interpret Meaning of Force Majeure During COVID-192021-06-21T15:10:18-04:00

My Tenant Did Not Show Up at the Start of the Lease – What Landlords Can Do


August 31, 2020 By: Michael Conway The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the ways that individuals and businesses operate every day. As people learn to adapt to the “new normal” it is becoming important to address remnants of the old normal. A fairly common practice for landlords and prospective tenants is to sign lease agreements months before the lease actually becomes effective. This practice will likely cause upcoming problems. This practice is especially common among landlords who rent to students. Given that college and university students will often live elsewhere during the summer, signing the lease ahead of time lets them [...]

My Tenant Did Not Show Up at the Start of the Lease – What Landlords Can Do2020-11-12T15:31:18-05:00

Covid 19: Considerations for Implementing the Mandatory Mask Order


July 6, 2020 On Friday June 26, 2020, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health issued an Order under s.22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act that requires businesses and municipal facilities to prohibit entry to people who are not wearing a face covering, with specific exemptions noted. Despite these clearly stated exemptions, a number of people in the community have reported being refused service because their face is not covered. This blog post will take a look at competing rights and obligations when it comes to face coverings under the current Order. So, who is exempt from wearing a [...]

Covid 19: Considerations for Implementing the Mandatory Mask Order2021-12-06T11:03:55-05:00

Covid-19 and Delayed Marriages Part 1: Break-ups


May 1, 2020 For many couples, a lot of planning goes in to their wedding day. The current global Covid-19 pandemic and State of Emergency in Ontario have thrown a wrench into the wedding plans of many couples. A cancelled wedding can cause a lot of headache - but it can also have a big impact on the legal rights of couples. Over the next few posts, our blog will be taking a look at some of these impacts. To do this, we are using hypothetical scenarios, specifically written to showcase certain issues. You should not attempt to apply these hypothetical [...]

Covid-19 and Delayed Marriages Part 1: Break-ups2021-12-06T10:31:51-05:00
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