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Welcome to Pinto Wray James LLP, one of Toronto's most innovative law firms offering superior advice and representation to clients involved in legal disputes. Our goal is to generate the best outcome in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible.

Litigation

Litigation is at the heart of our practice. We have comprehensive civil litigation experience representing businesses, federal, provincial and municipal governments, post-secondary institutions, professional associations, and individuals in a wide variety of matters.
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Workplace Law

Our team of experienced employment and labour lawyers provide advice and litigation support regarding all issues arising in the workplace.
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Administrative & Regulatory Law

Our firm has a diverse and comprehensive administrative and regulatory law practice and our lawyers remain at the cutting edge of developments in these complex areas.
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Recent Blogs

Antunes v Limen Structures Ltd, 2015 ONSC 2163: Employers beware, honesty is the best policy when making offers of employment.

The Ontario Superior Court’s recent decision in Antunes v Limen Structures Ltd is an important caution to employers who embellish the attributes of their company or a particular position when courting future employees. [...]
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Caution! Put all Necessary Evidence before an Administrative Decision Maker

A recent case of the Federal Court of Appeal, Bernard v Canada (Customs and Revenue Agency), 2015 FCA 263, is a cautionary tale on the importance of collecting all necessary evidence and putting it before an administrative decision maker in the first instance, and not before a Court on judicial review. [...]
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CAN YOU RESIGN DURING A WORKING NOTICE PERIOD AND STILL GET SEVERANCE PAY?

From time to time we meet with employees who have been given notice of termination by their employer and want to know what happens to their severance pay if they decide to resign during the working notice period. Are they still entitled to it? [...]
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ACCESS DENIED: LIMITS ON EMPLOYERS’ RIGHTS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES’ MEDICAL INFORMATION

The issue of an employer’s right to itsemployees’ medical information is a fiercely contested one in the Ontario workplace. Ontario law provides employees with a degree of security that their employment will be protected while on medical leave. [...]
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Defamation in the internet age means you can sue in Ontario for statements made abroad

In a recent decision released in August 2015, an Ontario Court held that a plaintiff could bring a defamation action in Ontario over allegedly defamatory statements made in a foreign based news publication which were posted online. The plaintiff is a Canadian billionaire owner of a soccer club [...]
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Preparing your Business for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

The Ontario Government has begun the roll-out of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (“Retirement Pension Plan”) which is intended to provide a predictable source of retirement income for Ontarians. The costs associated with the Retirement Pension Plan may come as a sudden shock to employers and [...]
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Legally Compelled to Buy: Specific performance in Contracts for the Sale of Property

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court refused to grant leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision of InStorage Limited Partnership and InStorage Trustee Corp. v. Matthew Brady Self Storage Corporation. In refusing to grant leave, the Supreme Court implicitly approved the Court of Appeal’s holding that specific performance is an appropriate remedy for vendors of commercial properties when buyers back out of a deal. [...]
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DEPENDENT CONTRACTORS VS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Distinguishing at law between a dependent contractor and an independent contractor can be challenging at the best of times. This issue is important to businesses and organizations because like employees, dependent contractors are owed reasonable notice upon termination, while independent contractors are not. [...]
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When Does the Duty to Accommodate Survive Dismissal

In his decision in Khaper v. Air Canada, 2015 FCA 99, Justice Webb states the principle that the duty to accommodate does not survive the termination of employment if the employer legitimately had no knowledge of the employee’s disability at the time of termination. [...]
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OFF THE CLOCK OR NOT? TERMINATION AND OFF-DUTY CONDUCT

The recent termination of a Hydro One employee following an incident at a Toronto FC soccer match earlier this month has been the subject of extensive public debate. The employee, Shawn Simoes, was part of a group of men who made obscene comments to a City TV reporter, Shauna Hunt. Following the video of this exchange going viral, Hydro One announced that it had terminated Mr. Simoes for a breach of their employee Code of Conduct. [...]
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Ordinary vs Key Employees

Distinguishing at law between an ordinary employee and a key employee who owes an employer fiduciary dutiescan be challenging at the best of times. In his decision in Optilinx Systems Inc v Fiberco Solutions Inc, 2014 ONSC 6944 Justice Perrell provided some additional guidance in making this important distinction [...]
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MATERNITY LEAVE AND EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY

We previously wrote about the Small Claims Court decision Bray v Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, 2015 CanLii 3452 here. In addition to the lesson for plaintiffs in choosing the right forum, the Bray decision is also a cautionary tale for employers/respondents. Let us start by reviewing the facts. [...]
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Pinto Wray James Reviewed by Mark C.

Their team is highly focused and incredibly professional - from our experience it would be difficult not to believe that Pinto Wray James LLP is one of Ontario's leading Firms in Labour and Employment law. The mindful client care and complete understanding of the case eased fears and the stress that comes with any legal dispute. Expect to find high-level smartly crafted legal solutions at Pinto Wray James LLP – could not recommend more.