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January 14, 2021

CBC Interviews Ben Millard: Can Employees Insist on Working from Home During COVID?

Ben Millard recently spoke to CBC News about whether employers can force their employees to work on-site at the office during the COVID crisis. The short answer is that, with a few exceptions, employers can require employees to work in the office, provided that the employer has complied with all required safety measures to ensure […]

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March 6, 2018

McCann on reframing the queer legal project

Marcus McCann spoke to the University of Victoria Faculty of Law on January 24, 2018 about lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) rights, and the limits of a narrow focus on equality. Here is an excerpt from the introduction to his talk. * You’ve probably learned about LGBTQ legal cases in your Constitutional Law […]

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December 18, 2017

Women Lawyers’ Professional Skill Enhancement Training

Beth Symes travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015 and 2017 to train women lawyers. The program is coordinated by Women Lawyers Joining Hands. Alongside experts in Nepal, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and the United States, Beth has developed and delivered training to approximately 60 Nepalese lawyers. The participants reflect on the importance of the training […]

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November 27, 2017

Substantial Changes to Workers’ Rights

On November 22, 2017, the legislature passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. The Bill makes several changes to employer obligations and employee rights under the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). Millard & Company has been closely following the Bill and written about it here and here. The final version of the […]

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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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"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.

"Within a day I was connected to Ben Millard and he walked me through the approach and compensation once he understood my circumstances. He negotiated a good deal and it was settled in less than three weeks (would have been faster except for summer holiday). He was always available for questions during the negotiation and will answer questions on any future contracts vis a vis the severance package. With Ben I know I got the best deal i could."

- 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.