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The High Price of Not Treating Employees Fairly

by David A. Stout on July 18, 2016

The High Price of Not Treating Employees Fairly

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is a stark reminder to employers of the obligation to treat its employees fairly and with respect, both during their employment and in the manner of their termination of employment.

In the case of Strudwick v Applied Consumer & Clinical Evaluations Inc., the Court noted the employer’s “horrendous conduct”, and not only awarded the plaintiff employee twenty-four months’ pay in lieu of notice, but also awarded $20,000 in damages to compensate the plaintiff employee for injuries to her “dignity, feelings and self-respect”, contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. In addition, the court awarded punitive damages for the employer’s woeful conduct in the amount of $15,000.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Ninth Annual Not-for-Profit LAB Update - Save the Date!

by Kimberley Cunnington-Taylor on July 4, 2016

Ninth Annual Not-for-Profit LAB Update - Save the Date!

Nelligan O’Brien Payne will once again be joining Collins Barrow Ottawa and RBC Royal Bank in presenting the ninth annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB Update.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Suspending Board Members: Lessons From George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation

by Christopher C. Rootham on June 10, 2016

Suspending Board Members: Lessons From George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation

Many unions are incorporated under federal or provincial not-for-profit corporate legislation. That legislation contains rules that unions need to navigate, particularly when dealing with a board member who has behaved inappropriately.

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently dealt with some of these issues in George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation, which sheds light on the rights of a board of directors to deal with a director who has acted inappropriately in the course of his or her duties.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

8th Annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB - Nov 18th

by Blog Editor on November 12, 2015

8th Annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB - Nov 18th

Nelligan O’Brien Payne will be joining Collins Barrow Ottawa and RBC Royal Bank in presenting the 8th annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB Update. Topics this year include: going paperless, dispute resolution and proper authority, investment policy management, and payment processing solutions.

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday November 18, 2015

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Centurion Conference Center, 170 Colonnade Rd Ottawa, ON K2E 7J5 map

You can view the full program here.

To register for the 8th Annual LAB Update, visit the online registration page. To register by mail, click here to view the printable PDF registration form.

Space is limited, so make sure to register if you are interested.

For more information, contact Lindsay Sherman by email or at 613-231-8205.

This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.


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The Domain Game: The Tall Task of Controlling Consumer Criticism in the Age of dotSucks

by Blog Editor on June 29, 2015

The Domain Game: The Tall Task of Controlling Consumer Criticism in the Age of dotSucks

Nelligan O'Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Alex Dezan, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post.

Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved over 500 new “top-level” domains. Although a number of them, like dotPorn and dotAdult, have stirred up controversy online for obvious reasons, none have attracted the business community’s attention quite like the recently approved dotSucks domain.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.