Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Canada

Proposed Ontario Legislation Expanding Employer Duty to Prevent Sexual Harassment

On October 27, 2015, Ontario’s Liberal government, as part of its “It’s Never Okay” plan, proposed a means to further prevent sexual harassment and violence. Among the changes proposed by the plan are that to the area of employment law. While the proposed plan would not significantly change the duties and responsibilities of employers in […]

Surveillance Evidence

Surveillance Evidence Update | Iannarella v Corbett

Surveillance evidence may be called for two purposes at trial: as substantive evidence or as evidence used to impeach or discredit a party. Surveillance as substantive evidence is surveillance that the defendant intends to rely on at trial in order to prove the plaintiff’s injuries are not as alleged. If being used for this purpose, […]

Right to Privacy in the Workplace

Right to Privacy in the Workplace Guidelines

In an age of information, many people worry about their right to privacy at home and in the workplace. Although workplace privacy laws vary between provinces and occupations, the Office of the Privacy Commission provides a list of guidelines for employers to use when making decisions about handling their employee’s right to privacy. While these […]

Legal Calendar 2015

Welcome to 2015 – How will the Ontario workplace change this year?

Ontario’s workforce is ever-changing as our economy grows and new markets expand. As a result, employment laws need to be reviewed on a regular basis. Government regulations must reflect the needs of Ontario’s workers and protect the province’s labour force. Employers need to be held to a high standard of ethics and compliance in order […]

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Understand the various types of workplace leave

Time off is required by employees for numerous reasons. Positive life experiences such as a much anticipated vacation or a maternity leave to care for a new baby require a break from an employee’s duties. Some unexpected life events such as a serious illness can also force an employee to step away from their job. […]

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Testimonials

One day, after over 30 years of a successful career and hundreds of priceless relationships built, you are handed an envelope at 5 o’clock, told you are no longer needed, handed an envelope and that you should get a lawyer.

Not the best day for sure, but it did get considerably brighter once I met with Kathy Chittley-Young and her team at KCY at LAW.

Upon arriving at KCY at LAW I was greeted with warmth and consideration. Kathy carefully walked me through the structure of the severance process. Lots of people will give you lots of advice and opinions once you are severed, but Kathy was able to manage my expectations framing it from the perspective of the employer, myself and the courts. It is evident that she has had a lot of experience handling these matters from both sides. She kept me informed regularly by copying me the correspondence, saving me the cost of inquiring phone calls. The staff made sure the other team was working on the matter by reminding them of the lag time if they hadn’t heard back at regular intervals.

Kathy’s attention to detail gives you the confidence that no money has been left on the table. She checks figures for accuracy and uses relevant comparables. As a result, my agreement was wrapped up quickly and was very fair from both sides.

During this emotional and stressful time of life I couldn’t recommend anyone more equipped or competent than Kathy Chittley-Young to have on your side.

Laurel MEmployment Law

I was experiencing pay equity issues and matters of company policies / compensation not being enforced fairly or unilaterally with fellow employees. It was a challenging decision to proceed with the matter under legal consultation with Kathy and her Team. Kathy’s strategy of forward thinking and planning assisted to steer the matter for a positive outcome. The Team at KCY is very professional and compassionate for their clients who are dealing with trying and challenging matters.

Debbie AEmployment Law

We approached Kathy and her team late last year when it became apparent we would need some help with employment issues. Although the process to resolve those issues was longer and more challenging than we hoped for, Kathy’s guidance and advice was invaluable.

Kathy always took care to make sure we knew the up and down sides of any decision, and represented our interests to others in an informed and robust way, but for us the most important part of Kathy’s support was the ongoing encouragement to keep the legal matters in perspective and focus on all the steps necessary to move past a difficult situation. We’d strongly recommend KYC at LAW to anyone that needs help with employment issues.

Julie AEmployment Law

I am grateful to have worked with Kathy Chittley-Young after my dismissal from my job. Kathy is very professional, she was thorough, an effective communicator, and very timely in all her responses and correspondence. During my times of doubt and impatience, Kathy was reassuring and gently encouraged perseverance on my part which in the end worked to my benefit. Additionally, the KCY at Law office was a pleasure to work with and I felt comfortable reaching out anytime with my questions. I would without hesitation recommend the services of Kathy Chittley-Young.

Gabriella PTermination of Employment

I was referred to Kathy Chittley-Young by a business colleague to assist me in handling an employment matter.

Kathy was very clear in her explanations of the law as it applied to my case and in explaining my options. Ultimately it was my decision on the direction we took. Follow up was complete, timely and very thorough.

Kathy is a superb writer and I was very impressed at how she was able to sort through the ‘stuff’ and get to the point with the other side. We were successful in securing a reasonable severance/exit package.

I would highly recommend Kathy as an employment lawyer.

Rosemary CEmployment Law

When I was unexpectedly terminated, I had no idea where to turn. My employer told me the reason was ‘a business decision’ and cited ’restructuring‘. They told me I had been an exemplary employee. So I went and saw Kathy at KCY. She walked me through the contract I had signed with my employer and explained how it related to both ESA and the common law. I proceeded with my case and Kathy and her team worked to obtain a substantially larger settlement for me.

Ron FTermination of Employment

After being wrongfully dismissed from my last position, I did not hesitate to contact KCY at LAW to represent my interests. Throughout the litigation Kathy took the care to closely review the details of my case, educate me on employment law, and explain my options at every stage. Ms. Chittley-Young used a concentrated proactive approach in an effort to expedite proceedings and minimize legal costs.

Jay SWrongful Dismissal

Thank you very much for getting me through a very stressful time. There were a number of times I was willing to give up and throw in the towel but your dedication and willingness to stand up for me was a great sense of strength for me. The process did fully overwhelm me. I was stymied that anyone would have to go through this ordeal. You certainly made things a lot easier to deal with.

Tom TEmployment Law

Thank you for your excellent negotiations and very generous time to reach a severance settlement for me. I truly appreciate your extra efforts on my behalf! You and your law team are outstanding professionals. I learned a great deal from you during this process. I’m very pleased with the positive outcome!

Cheryl S Termination of Employment

Kathy’s ability to clearly map out the legal process, act as a true advocate and strategically negotiate the best settlement possible are only a few of the tremendous services KCY at LAW provided. Kathy and her team are always professional and very personable. They are always prepared to listen to your concerns and questions, leaving you with a tremendous sense of confidence and trust in representing your case as well as avoiding costly litigation.

Stephen AEmployment Law

As a previous client, Kathy kindly helped review my employment offer and suggested some important areas to negotiate. My new employer accepted those terms immediately and I am now in a much better position should my employment be terminated without cause. I would recommend Kathy to anyone that needs legal advice or assistance regarding an employment matter. Thank you so much Kathy!

Charles FEmployment Law

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