Marcus McCann made arguments at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a Charter challenge seeking to strike Canada’s Criminal Code prohibitions related to sex work October 3-7, 2022. The challenge was launched by the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, five current or former sex workers, and a former escort agency owner. Mr. […]Read More
The short answer is, yes, employees must give their employer “reasonable” notice before quitting. Quantifying how much notice is “reasonable” depends on the circumstances. The basic idea is that employers ought to be given enough notice to find a replacement or make alternative arrangements. There is no clear-cut formula (e.g. I worked X number of […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented set of challenges for employers and employees. In Ontario, many companies have faced sudden and precipitous declines in business. As of March 25th, non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, and many of those that remain open have been forced to rapidly implement work from home arrangements for […]
Many human rights cases settle. A settlement is a negotiated deal between the parties, which resolves the complaint in a manner both parties can live with. Some cases settle without help from the Human Rights Tribunal, but the Tribunal also does a lot of work to actively encourage settlement. For example, the Tribunal offers a […]
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Millard & Company, a boutique, Toronto-based litigation firm, specializing in employment and human rights law. Our partners, Ben Millard and Carol Street, have worked together for over a dozen years, and have been partners since 2011. Marcus McCann joined us in 2015, and we have spent the […]
Over the course of 10 hearing days, our lawyers Mika Imai and Marcus McCann argued a landmark case at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario – that the Ontario government’s decision to retreat to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum was discriminatory and contrary to the Human Rights Code. Our firm was supported by three interveners – […]
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) seeks to make Ontario accessible for persons with disabilities by 2025. The Act focuses on various private and public spaces, including in employment, customer service and transportation. While it’s been more than 10 years since the law first came into force, many workplaces still aren’t compliant. […]
"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ben Millard at Millard & Company Barristers and Solicitors. Before signing on to use his services he took the time to answer any and all questions we had so that we felt confident when choosing him to help us with our legal matter. Once we signed on, this did not change. He was always very quick to answer our questions or address our concerns. He was very quick to let us know our next moves and did not sit on anything which was well appreciated. Would recommend to anyone to use his services. Kind, courteous, and genuinely great person to deal with!"
- M. C.
"It was a great pleasure, and a great experience, for our not-for-profit organization to work with Marcus McCann to assist us to rewrite our by-laws. Marcus was professional, knowledgeable and understanding of our issues and committed to helping us to frame our new by-laws in the context of both our organization's vision, mission and values and the law as it relates to not-for-profit organizations. He was diligent, completed the work within the time frame we agreed upon, responded to phone calls and emails promptly, and was always courteous to me and my colleagues. I thoroughly recommend Marcus for any organization who needs legal assistance, particularly in developing by-laws."
- J. M.
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- T. S.
"This is the second occasion for me reaching out to Ben Millard for his employment related expertise. I greatly appreciate Ben’s clear and concise counsel. His ability to distill the relevant and important issues from all the “noise” makes working with him to be efficient and effective. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any employment law matters."
- T. W.