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A Guide to Understanding Constructive Dismissal in Ontario

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What is Constructive Dismissal?Employers do not always fire employees directly. Rather, they sometimes make significant changes to the terms of an employment contract or create a work environment so toxic or hostile that an employee is compelled to resign. This may constitute constructive dismissal. Not all changes to employment amount …

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Placing Cautions on Title: Proceed with Caution

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In many situations, you might want to alert others that you have a stake in a property, even if you’re not the registered owner. This can be accomplished by registering a Caution on title. A Caution alerts others that the property may have a legal claim against it, which could …

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Common-Law Separation and the Family Home

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In Ontario, two people are considered common-law partners if they have been continuously living together in a conjugal relationship for at least three years or living together in a relationship of some permanence if they share a child together by birth or adoption. Common-law spouses have fewer legal rights compared …

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Impaired Paddling in Ontario: Navigating the Summer Safely

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With the weather quickly heating up in Northern Ontario, the idyllic lake days of summer are around the corner. Paddlers and boating enthusiasts alike should take note that motorized or not, large or small, watercraft can carry people into serious danger. Whether you paddle a canoe or kayak, or a …

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Domestic Violence and Mandatory Charging Policies

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Charges of domestic violence are perhaps surprisingly common, even when couples involved would prefer to avoid them. Many charges are laid because our laws and policies require police officers who receive a report to file charges, without first exercising their usual discretion, on the theory that dangerous escalation could follow …

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Inheritance Hijacking: Protecting Your Estate

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Inheritance hijacking occurs when a person or persons steal or receive a part or all an inheritance they are not entitled to receive or is meant for another. Inheritance hijacking is not new, but it appears to be on the rise. There are multiple reasons for the increase in inheritance …

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Termination Without Cause in Ontario

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Most employment dismissals are without cause. This means that the employer does not have specific grounds for termination, but nevertheless wishes to terminate the employment relationship. Many potential clients are of the mistaken assumption that they cannot lose their job unless they intentionally do something wrong, but this is not …

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Should I Trademark my Business?

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There are many advantages to registering a trade-mark for your business. The two most important reasons are: Trade-marks are designed to identify the source of the goods or services that are protected under the mark. Customers depend on the quality of the source when making decisions to support one business …