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Big Win by Firm for Employees with Questionable Employment Agreements
What happens when employers terminate employees and try to rely on questionable written employment contracts? That was the question in Andros v Colliers where our client was terminated on the basis of a written employment contract with an ambiguous clause that attempted to severely limit his severance package. Andrew Pinto and Jonas Granofsky argued that the clause was so poorly drafted that it violated the Employment Standards Act and was unenforceable, and that the more generous provisions of the common law based on precedent should apply. We also argued that our client was entitled to his proper bonus after he stopped actively working. We won big. The court agreed and provided much needed clarity on the enforceability of termination clauses in employment agreements.
The May 2018 court decision can be found at the following link: http://canlii.ca/t/hrwpf
Andrew Pinto spoke at the Law Society of Ontario in March 2018 on the “standards of review”
Andrew Pinto spoke at the Law Society of Ontario in March 2018 on the “standards of review”, a topic of importance to parties appearing before administrative tribunals, agencies boards and commissions. Andrew explained the legal nuances concerning the standards of review which determine the degree of deference courts show to administrative tribunals when reviewing their decisions.
CENOBAR PARKER PRESENTED AT THE LAW SOCIETY’S RECENT ‘DRAFTING PLEADINGS: A GUIDE FOR PARALEGALS’
Cenobar Parker presented at the Ontario Law Society on February 26, 2018 on the best practices for drafting pleadings before administrative tribunals and the Small Claims Court.
PATRICK JAMES PARTICIPATES AS GUEST FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL'S INTENSIVE TRIAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM
On February 24th and 25th, 2018, Patrick James participated as Guest Faculty as part of the University of Notre Dame's Intensive Trial Advocacy Course. This prestigious program is regarded by many as one of the top trial advocacy programs in the United States.
Robert tarantino presented at the recent six-minute employment law conference
On June 20, 2017, Robert Tarantino presented his paper entitled Frustration of Contract in Employment Due to Employee Disability and Illness
at the perennially popular Six-Minute Employment Lawyer conference hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Robert was pleased to present his paper alongside esteemed colleagues and friends in the employment bar across Ontario.
June 20, 2017 – Andrew Pinto will once again co-chair the popular Six-Minute Employment Lawyer Program
For the third consecutive year, Andrew Pinto was invited to co-chair the popular Annual Six Minute Employment Lawyer conference at the Law Society of Upper Canada. The conference features prominent speakers on the latest developments in employment law. Topics include just cause terminations, constructive dismissal, non-compete agreements, legislative changes, and the impact of robotics on employment law: https://store.lsuc.on.ca/the-six-minute-employment-lawyer-2017
Andrew Pinto will be addressing the annual conference of the Federal Bar Association in Hawaii, U.S. in December 2016.
The Federal Bar Association consists of more than 18,000 federal lawyers including 1,500 federal U.S. judges. Andrew will be speaking on a panel with two judges, one from New Zealand and another from the United States, on the topic of Democracy, Pluralism and the Rule of Law.
On October 20, 2016, Andrew Pinto will be a panelist at the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)
On October 20, 2016, Andrew Pinto will be a panelist at the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) conference reviewing major developments in employment and human rights law over the last 25 years. Andrew is a regulator speaker at HRPA conferences and provides expert guidance concerning human resources best practices, policies and law.
On May 30, 2016 Robert Tarantino spoke at the Bike Summit 2016
On May 30, 2016 Robert Tarantino spoke at the Bike Summit 2016 on a panel entitled "Managing Risk and Interpreting the Law".
On May 26, 2016, Andrew Pinto co-chaired the popular Annual Six Minute Employment Lawyer conference at the Law Society of Upper Canada.
On May 26, 2016, Andrew Pinto co-chaired the popular Annual Six Minute Employment Lawyer conference at the Law Society of Upper Canada. The conference featured a range of expert speakers presenting on the latest developments in employment law. Andrew was invited again to co-chair the conference after doing so in 2015.
On May 6, 2016 Andrew Pinto presented on the topic of managing administrative and regulatory law matters from the start of the case to hearing.
On May 6, 2016 Andrew Pinto presented on the topic of managing administrative and regulatory law matters from the start of the case to hearing. The session at the Law Society of Upper Canada focused on the diverse set of issues and client matters that involve tribunals, agencies, boards and commissions.
On April 06, 2016 Jonas Granofsky was a panelist at Osgoode Professional Development’s Next Step: Succeeding in Today’s Legal Market
On December 16, 2015 Pinto Wray James was delighted to sponsor Eat, Drink and Be Charitable
A holiday fundraiser in support of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The event, which was organized by one of our own associates, Cenobar Parker, was a huge success! With over a 100 young professionals and leaders from across the legal profession in attendance, Cenobar and her co-organizers raised about $8,000 for MSF! PWJ is thrilled to support such a great cause.
Andrew Pinto was a panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada's 16th Annual Employment Law Summit on October 29, 2015
Andrew Pinto was a panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada's 16th Annual Employment Law Summit on October 29, 2015. He presented the paper "Recent Developments in the Law of Workplace Accommodation", co-authored with Dina Awad of Pinto Wray James LLP and Neena Gupta of Gowlings.
Andrew Pinto has once again been invited by organizers of the Law Society of Upper Canada's 2015 Employment Law Summit to speak on the topic of the Duty to Accommodate in Canadian law.
Pinto Wray James LLP welcomes and congratulates Jonas Granofsky on becoming an Associate with our firm. Prior to becoming an Associate, Jonas was a Student-at-Law with Pinto Wray James LLP.
Pinto Wray James LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick James will serve as Chair of the Just. Magazine Editorial Board effective July 1, 2015. Just. is the official magazine of the Ontario Bar Association, shedding light on industry developments and providing a wide range of fresh perspectives on issues that matter to today’s lawyer. It is circulated to 17,000 lawyers, judges, students and law professors across the province of Ontario.
On March 17, Andrew Pinto appeared on the TV news channel CP24 to provide commentary regarding a Jewish camp's desire to restrict its membership to Jewish children. The legal issue raised by the camp’s position is whether a summer camp with a substantial religious, cultural and ethnic heritage preservation component may lawfully restrict its membership to persons who are similarly identified.
We welcome Jonas Granofsky to our legal team. As part of his program rotation at Pinto Wray James LLP, Jonas will be working in the areas of civil litigation, workplace law, and administrative and regulatory law. Jonas studied law at New York Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Jonas brings with him experience working as a legal intern at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Schwartz & Perry LLP, a prominent New York City employment law firm, and Seiden Health Management Inc.
We welcome Cenobar Parker to our legal team of professionals. Cenobar has a vast array of experience and provides advice and assistance to clients in all our practice areas including civil litigation, workplace law, and administrative and regulatory law.
Niiti Simmonds of Pinto Wray James LLP will be presenting a paper on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s Long Term Disability Conference: Good Faith Practices and Bad Faith from Coast to Coast.
Andrew Pinto will be speaking at the session on Exploring the Growth of Active Adjudication which runs from 1:30 pm to 4:50 pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. He will speak on representing clients before administrative tribunals that utilize active adjudication to streamline hearings. More >>
No Contracting out of Limitations Act, 2002 for Group LTD Policies: Ontario Court of Appeal
Kassburg v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
, 2014 ONCA 922, a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal released on December 29, 2014, represents a big win for Long Term Disability (“LTD”) claimants and provides much needed clarity on the law of limitation periods applicable to group LTD insurance contracts in Ontario.
and Niiti Simmonds
of Pinto Wray James LLP and Geoffrey Larmer of Larmer Stickland PC were co-counsel and successfully argued the case for the plaintiff and respondent, Karen Kassburg before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. More >>