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  1. No co-sign, no hope?

    While I recognize this to be an inherently personal value, my own personal value is that people should (if able) support their children. I know you have said your family could not afford to help you, and I take that as face value and pass no judgement. However, I (personally, recognizing others may not agree) believe if you have the resources later in life, you ought to be supporting your children. There is a difference between encouraging your children to stand on their own, and not providing the foundation for them to do so.
  2. 90k in house v 110k at firm

    I think you may find that practice area has a significant impact on work hours, but I could be wrong. Just because you have two lawyers working for the same organization does not mean they will have the same hours, particularly if they practice in different areas. This effect is true in firms as well, but as with firms, it makes it really hard to generalize to an "expected experience", because if it can vary so much between to lawyers in an in-house environment, how can you possibly expect to compare all in-house lawyers across all company sizes/legal department sizes/areas of law. The only thing I think you can reasonably safely assume is that, as compared with the same practice in private practice, in-house will generally offer a better work/life balance. That doesn't mean it will be a perfect work/life balance or an ideal work/life balance, just that the same role/responsibilities at a firm would likely involve working more.
  3. Typing speed

    My recollection is that at U of T, handwritten exams were graded against other handwritten exams, for this exact reason.
  4. Typing speed

    Why exactly? Like I agree that focusing on typing is not a goal, but why would any threshold be objectively bad to exceed.
  5. Fasken and Norton Rose Toronto raises

    First of all, the notion of "sisters" is ridiculous. Nobody cares about 2003 deal volumes. Second, it's extremely unlikely that any of those folks are going to respond, or not, based on what it is posted or believed on an Internet message board. Third, these things tend to happen far more organically than seems to be believed in this thread.
  6. Fasken and Norton Rose Toronto raises

    Honestly, who cares? You're not picking your firm based on what your going to make in year 4, and practically speaking, the firm isn't going to be swayed because some other firm pays more or less. Like, I agree that it's useful to have an idea of what you're worth, but that's about the end of it.
  7. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    We don't know what's going on in the employer's business - it might well be worth keeping the person for a couple more months to see what happens, or it may also be an opportunity for Sunnyskies to find another job without having to fire them. The employer may be sending a message. Certainly, I would take it that way based on the new information. Also, I'm not sure how you would handle things is good advice... because, I think you know enough to know that your way is not the right way, and the reality is that not everyone reading your posts will know that.
  8. I've never worked the week between Christmas and New Years, because I've either (a) not worked in the city in which my family was located, or (b) not worked in an environment where it made sense to work. That said, I generally only took the three days in the middle off, and even then, I always had my cellphone and laptop with me for any work issues that might arise.
  9. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    As an aside, in Ontario, lawyers are exempted from a number of provisions in the Employment Standards Act too... see O. Reg. 285/01, which exempts lawyers from Parts VII, VIII, IX, X, and XI of the ESA... but notice and severance are set out in Part XV, and the restriction on contracting out is set out in Part III... But again, this is part of why generalities are important, the rules are going to be very specific depending on where you are, and of course, a strict reading of the rules one way or another is not going to tell you much about what to do from a practical perspective (in most cases).
  10. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    Oh, I don't disagree with you that strict assertion of and reliance upon one's legal rights is not always in one's best interest on a practical level. That's part of why I included the disclaimer. My commentary was not intended to be a direction to Sunnyskies or anyone else; it was merely about the fact that, I found it interesting that there was no discussion of that aspect of the legal issues surrounding the situation. There are other legal issues here too, some of which are being discussed, but I found that omission rather glaring. I would direct you to my initial response:
  11. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    That case really has no application to the current discussion as you note (though I agree it is interesting). People assume probation periods are automatic, they're not. There's also different laws in different jurisdictions with respect to statutory notice/severance, some of which may provide for a probation period and others may not. There's common law considerations too. Let's assume though that all of these issues are addressed, the fact scenario described is about extending the probation period by three months, or in other words, granting the employer additional contractual benefits. I'm not seeing any consideration (except continued employment, which is not valid consideration) for this change. Moreover, to the extent that the change is intended to provide the employer with the ability to terminate without cause and without notice, the amendment is likely in contravention of the relevant employment legislation. People in situations like that described would be wise to seek appropriate legal advice. Note: The above is intended as a discussion of general employment law principles. It is not legal advice and should not be applied to any specific facts. It should not be relied upon by any individual. If you need legal advice, please consult a lawyer in your jurisdiction.
  12. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    I don't have time to weigh into this right now but I'm on the side that the comments tend to be over the line, and that there is likely not a future fit between sunnyskies and the current employer. I also am reasonably confident that there's a significant misunderstanding about what probation periods are, what they get you, and what employment law is... though none of that really matters in the OPs circumstances (except the human rights issues), it's kind of sticking out like a sore thumb on a law student/lawyers forum. Beyond that, I completely disagree with pretty much everything Diplock said in his first post; which was enough to prompt me to jump in with an abbreviated post.
  13. TWU - The Big Show

    I'm not sure they could provide a secure and happy home to an LGBT child, based on the information provided in that article. The article makes it appear as though they would not support the child. Now, I'm not saying they in fact wouldn't support the child; since I suspect they would, but what you quoted doesn't tell us that.
  14. Transitioning from Gov to Firm

    I know people who have transitioned from government to private practice. I haven't asked them if they were recruited or if they wanted to make the move, but it definitely does happen.
  15. TWU - The Big Show

    http://www.scc-csc.ca/WebDocuments-DocumentsWeb/37209/FM020_Respondent_Law-Society-of-Upper-Canada.pdf Paragraph 20 (b), Page "8" of the Respondent LSUC Factum, states: 20. Consistent with its obligations to ensure non-discriminatory access to the prerequisite legal education and to the bar itself, the Law Society has determined that it is in the public interest to have a profession that is diverse and reflective of the population of Ontario. Hence: ... (b) the Law Society has imposed on its members an obligation to promote equality, to protect individuals’ dignity and to respect Ontario human rights laws; 21 and .... ----------- I knew that obligation was connected to their submissions before the SCC.