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Unsolicited: The Blog

The legal world can be tough to navigate – even for lawyers! But understanding your rights is the first step towards protecting them. That’s why we’ve launched Unsolicited, Goldblatt Partners LLP’s blog.

On Unsolicited, we’ll break down the basics on the various areas of law that we practice, and provide commentary on important legal issues.

And, because we’re lawyers, we have to add that these blog posts are for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. If you want to know more or need advice, feel free to contact us.

If you’re looking for information and blog posts on issues related to COVID-19, you can find them here.

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Canada’s new public holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government recently enacted a new public holiday, to be observed every year on September 30, which honours Indigenous People and commemorates the legacy of the residential school system. Gabe Hoogers explores what the day means and who will get the day off.

September 15, 2021
Gabriel Hoogers

Employment class actions in Ontario: Where are we now and where are we headed?

It has been nearly nine years since the Ontario Court of Appeal’s unpaid overtime class action certification trilogy was released, settling the law regarding the certification of unpaid overtime and employment misclassification class actions. Since then, misclassification class actions have become commonplace, with claims being certified across a wide range of industries and contexts.

July 7, 2021
Joshua Mandryk Jody Brown

Wrongful Dismissal for Federal Employees (Canada Labour Code) – What are my rights?

If you’re a non-unionized employee working in a federal sector job, what are your rights if you are dismissed? Erin Moores sets out Wrongful Dismissal 101 for employees covered by the Canada Labour Code.

June 23, 2021
Erin Moores

The ABCs of gig work

There are many ways to address the growth in precarious work and the social and economic challenges it brings. By simplifying the legal test for determining an employer-employee relationship, we could make a significant and immediate difference to millions of workers in the gig economy and beyond.

May 4, 2021
Joshua Mandryk Simon Archer Steven Barrett Ethan Poskanzer

Protecting whistleblowers in the public service

If public servants witness a wrongdoing in the public service, they have options. Gabe Hoogers examines how the law aims to protect whistleblowers.

April 21, 2021
Gabriel Hoogers

Employment status is the only fair future for gig workers

Uber has announced that it will lobby Canadian governments to exempt its drivers from employment protections. Steven Barrett and Josh Mandryk tell us why that’s bad for gig workers and what systemic legal reforms are needed to properly protect them.

March 17, 2021
Steven Barrett Joshua Mandryk