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OHRC policy provides framework for employer vaccine mandates

OHRC policy provides framework for employer vaccine mandates

Ontarian employees will need more than a personal preference against Covid-19 vaccines to defy workplace mandates, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin.  Since Sept. 22, Doug Ford’s provincial government has required patrons to show proof of vaccination with...

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Clarity emerging on COVID-19 leave: shield not sword

Clarity emerging on COVID-19 leave: shield not sword

Some employers may have taken advantage of a pandemic-related leave meant to shield employees, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin. The Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) was first enacted in March last year – right after the pandemic took hold and the...

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Court strikes blow against Covid quarantine hotel challenge

Court strikes blow against Covid quarantine hotel challenge

A civil liberties group face an uphill battle to defeat the federal government’s quarantine hotel policy after a judge refused to step in to the fray immediately, according to Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin. In his March 22 ruling, Ontario Superior Court...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments on extreme intoxication defence

Supreme Court to hear arguments on extreme intoxication defence

Canada’s top court could offer some clarity over the use of extreme intoxication as a defence to serious criminal charges after agreeing to hear arguments on a controversial case, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin.  Ontario’s Court of Appeal sparked outrage...

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Concerns around extreme intoxication defence overblown

Concerns around extreme intoxication defence overblown

Fears about loosening restrictions on the use of extreme intoxication as a defence to criminal charges may be overblown, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin. In R v. Sullivan, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled that s. 33.1 of the Criminal Code – which...

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Decision clarifies rescission notice under AWA

Decision clarifies rescission notice under AWA

A recent decision provides both franchisees and franchisors with some clarity on what constitutes notice of rescission under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (AWA), says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin, who acted for the successful...

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Employees have options when harassed at work: Mandin

Employees have options when harassed at work: Mandin

Victims of harassment should not be afraid to seek legal advice, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin.Mandin, principal of Mandin Law, has been involved in a spate of recent matters dealing with workers or students who took action against their employers or...

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Harassment complaints part 1: Employers’ duties

Harassment complaints part 1: Employers’ duties

In the first installment of a two-part series on harassment complaints, Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin discusses an employer’s duty to investigate.Organizations without a robust system for investigating harassment complaints are exposing themselves to...

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New legislation not always the answer: Mandin

New legislation not always the answer: Mandin

An Ontario Superior Court judgment awarding damages to a “revenge porn” victim demonstrates that legislative change is not necessarily the best path to justice, Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin tells AdvocateDaily.com.In the case, the court awarded $100,000 in...

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Ford government finding new ways to elicit change

Ford government finding new ways to elicit change

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's new government has dug deep to find the rarely used parliamentary tools to quickly push through legislative change without having to draw up new bills, Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin tells Law Times.Usually, the provincial...

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Mandin optimistic Bill 139 can offer balance

Mandin optimistic Bill 139 can offer balance

Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin tells Law Times she’s optimistic that last month’s enactment of Bill 139 will help balance a municipality’s power to make decisions with the province’s authority to step in.The bill, called the Building Better Communities and...

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#MeToo can help clarify acceptable workplace behaviour

#MeToo can help clarify acceptable workplace behaviour

While the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement has made some people feel safer coming forward with sexual harassment allegations, it has also revealed a lack of understanding of what constitutes harassment and what is inappropriate in a workplace environment, says Toronto...

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‘Tis the season to be aware of social host liability

‘Tis the season to be aware of social host liability

People planning to host a holiday party have legal responsibilities to ensure their guests stay safe, says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin.Mandin, principal of Mandin Law, says there are a few common-sense steps that hosts can take to mitigate liability."As a...

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Ontario seeks to modernize Construction Lien Act

Ontario seeks to modernize Construction Lien Act

BY JEFF BUCKSTEIN Ontario is proposing major changes to the province’s Construction Lien Act to modernize the province’s construction lien and holdback rules, create a prompt payment system to ensure timely payment for contractors,...READ FULL...

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Sex workers facing increased safety risks

Sex workers facing increased safety risks

BY AMANDA SILLIKER Jade is going into a client meeting alone. She does not have a lone worker monitoring device and knows very little about the client. These meetings often occur after hours and out of public view. Like many jobs, she is at risk for a variety of...

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