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May 5, 2020

Millard and Co lawyer Marcus McCann giving two talks about LGBTQ legal issues

Marcus McCann will bring his experiences as an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community (LGBTQ) to two upcoming panels on criminal justice and policing. McCann will be speaking at the Criminal Lawyers Virtual Spring Conference on May 30, 2020 and the Outlaws conference panel A House Divided: Pathways of Remediation for […]

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October 25, 2017

Ontario Proposes New Workplace Leave

The Ontario Legislature is currently considering a new domestic/sexual violence workplace leave. If passed, Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, 2017, would permit workers to take a leave of absence of up to 17 weeks per calendar year if they or their child experiences or is threatened with domestic/sexual violence. This change […]

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September 22, 2017

Firm heads to the Supreme Court of Canada (again)

When the Supreme Court of Canada hears the controversial case of Trinity Western University v the Law Society of Upper Canada, Millard & Company will be there. The case is the latest chapter in the saga of an evangelical Christian university which has applied to open a new law school. The school would forbid students […]

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June 19, 2017

New Legislation Improves Workers’ Rights

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation that, if passed, would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. The Bill, entitled the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is largely a response to the Report published by the Changing Workplaces Review and mounting public pressure by organizations such […]

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June 2, 2017

Employee who quit suddenly and “went dark” slapped with $75,000 bill

An employee who quits to work for a competitor can be liable for breach of contract and civil conspiracy, the Ontario Superior Court recently found after 10-day trial. But such a determination is going to turn on the facts, as you can tell from even a basic retelling of the background to Prim8 Group Inc […]

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April 21, 2017

Court orders extraordinary damages for harassed RCMP officer

Historically, it has been extremely difficult for an employee, particularly one who is still employed, to get damages for harassment. The recent decision of Merrifield v the Attorney General, suggests that this may be changing. The trial judge in Merrifield found that an RCMP officer, Peter Merrifield, was ruthlessly harassed by his superiors. The employer’s […]

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March 6, 2017

My boss says I quit, but I didn’t!

We might think that it would be obvious when someone quits, but disputes about resignations are actually quite common. Typically what we see is a boss who says that an employee quit and an employee who denies it. A lot rides on who’s right – an employee who quits may not receive termination pay. When […]

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"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!"

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"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."

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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."

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