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April 18, 2023

McCann tapped for insight on ‘lawyering in times of chaos’

Millard & Company lawyer Marcus McCann spoke to the Canadian Bar Association and Federation of Law Societies of Canada forum on ethics on March 30, 2023. McCann appeared alongside Awanish Sinha, Emilie Taman and Steven Vaughan in a panel hosted by the treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, Malcolm Mercer. McCann spoke about his […]

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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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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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