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December 14, 2021

Precedent Setting Victory for Gender Identity Rights in B.C.

In September 2021, a case decision in the province of British Columbia made a significant development with respect to the rights of trans and non-binary people at work. The judgement will have implications for the law across Canada, including here in Ontario.   The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal found a restaurant and some of […]

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August 17, 2016

New legislation on workplace sexual harassment

As of September 8, 2016, employers must comply with Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act. Bill 132 adds “workplace sexual harassment” to the definition of “workplace harassment” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) and establishes more onerous requirements on employers. As a result, Bill 132 makes workplace sexual harassment […]

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August 10, 2016

Congratulations, Beth Symes, on being named one of the best lawyers in Canada

Millard & Company would like to congratulate Beth Symes on being named one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Labour and Employment. Beth has over 35 years of experience as a lawyer specializing in workplace issues, including wrongful dismissal, grievance arbitration, disability accommodation and workplace discrimination. Among her many roles, she […]

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July 27, 2016

New decision discusses the role of summary judgement in wrongful dismissal cases and an employee’s duty to mitigate

By Mika Imai The length and cost of a traditional lawsuit are a constant frustration for clients and lawyers. Preparing court materials, booking court dates, examining witnesses and engaging in mediation are just a few of the reasons lawsuits drag on. As a result, employment lawyers are increasingly using summary judgment motions to obtain a […]

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July 11, 2016

Court of Appeal clarifies law on wrongful dismissal and discrimination

By Mika Imai The Ontario Court of Appeal has sent a signal to employers – it is prepared to uphold sizeable damage awards for employees whose employment rights have been violated. In Strudwick v Applied Consumer & Clinical Evaluations Inc, a 15-year employee was awarded $246,049.92, plus $20,000 in legal costs based on wrongful dismissal, […]

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June 29, 2016

Millard & Company welcomes Mika Imai

Beth Symes, Carol Street and Ben Millard are pleased to welcome Mika Imai, the newest associate at Millard & Company. Mika is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 2015. Before joining Millard & Company, Mika practiced at a large labour law firm. While at Osgoode, Mika received the […]

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June 14, 2016

Progress of women in Canada in the workplace, 1985-2015

Beth Symes and Dr. Kate Laxer analyzed the progress women in Canada had made in work over the period 1985 to 2015. Read or download a copy of that report here. Download

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