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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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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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March 21, 2016

Tax changes deal another blow to law students. Now what?

by Marcus McCann A major tool law grads have been using to moderate the effects of high tuition is about to disappear. The effect is potentially very large, meaning effective tuition will go up by tens of thousands of dollars for some students starting in 2017. In its February 25, 2016 budget, the Ontario Liberals […]

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February 17, 2016

The sexualized work environment of Austin Mahone’s Dirty Work

The cringe-worthy The Office-inspired video for Austin Mahone’s “Dirty Work” has been viewed over 22 million times, and provides a good example of how not to behave in the workplace. As we recently explained, the Ontario Human Rights Code requires bosses and other people in positions of power to refrain from any unwanted romantic and […]

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February 4, 2016

The Marriage of Figaro is a Classic Case of Unlawful Sexual Solicitation

The Marriage of Figaro follows the Count’s efforts to seduce one of his employees, Susanna, on the eve of her marriage to Figaro. I use the term “seduce” under advisement; today we would refer to it as unlawful sexual solicitation. It’s something audience members may want to reflect on at the Canadian Opera Company’s production […]

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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.