Law Blog

Long Term Disability: What does “Totally Disabled” Mean?

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 am

Many disabled people are denied long term disability because their insurance companies say that they are not “totally disabled”. What does that term mean anyway and can the disabled person do anything about the insurer’s denial? The answer to the latter part of the question is “yes!” It is important to understand that the term… Read more »


Can You Retract a Resignation?

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 9:00 am

Picture the following scenario, which may be all too familiar for many in today’s fast-paced and stressful workplace:  you find yourself growing continuously unhappy at work – perhaps as a result of a difficult boss, having to meet unrealistic deadlines, inadequate pay, or the overall feeling that you are under-appreciated. Then, you have one of… Read more »


Severance and the Construction Industry

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 8:00 am

The Ontario Employment Standards Act was constructed in part to promote the fair treatment of both employers and employees with respect to provincially regulated businesses.  But does that mean that all employees in Ontario are covered by all aspects of the province’s employment laws? Not quite.  As is the case with law generally, nothing is ever… Read more »


Bonus Entitlements upon Termination

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 am

It is a simple and well-established legal principle that an employer who dismisses an employee without any notice and without cause must provide that employee with pay in lieu of notice of termination (i.e. “severance”). How much notice (or severance) a dismissed employee should receive is often not a very complicated question. However, a question… Read more »


How to Best Use the Ministry of Labour

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 8:00 am

You have just been terminated from your employment for the first time. For all but the most iron steeled, this is an extremely traumatic experience and an emotional roller-coaster. On top of all of this, you are now faced with the extremely difficult decision as to whether you should take a severance offer that the… Read more »