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  1. Just a note that Alberta articling students have been entitled to the minimum wage for decades, so this is not a novel idea....
  2. This might interest folks: https://tool.myopencourt.org/am-i-an-employee-or-a-contractor Note it may not take into account exclusions for professionals under the various employment standards statutes. In your case, if you don't end up working for the person after articling, consider speaking to an employment lawyer at the end of your articles to see if you are entitled to anything (vacation pay, etc.).
  3. I'm not familiar with the Code of Conduct in Ontario, but at least in Alberta, prosecutors have special duties to act in a fair and dispassionate manner and to seek justice rather than just a conviction (the SCC has set out similar duties in caselaw). While you shouldn't threaten to report the prosecutor, if at the end of the process you feel they have crossed a line, you may want to consider making a complaint to the Law Society. This won't impact your client, but at least it's a step you can take if you have serious concerns about the ethics of this particular prosecutor and the impacts of his or her character going forward.
  4. This post is incorrect and misleading. You shouldn't be posting information on this if you don't have the expertise. EI looks at your previous 52 weeks to determine if you have sufficient hours (this number is variable depending on your region). Most people working full-time will have no issues meeting that hours requirement after 6 months of employment (i.e. the maximum number of hours is 700 for areas with the lowest unemployment: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/reports/regular-benefits/eligibilty.html), and often less. The requirement to issue a Record of Employment is a federal requirement applicable to all employers who have employees engaged in "insurable employment." This applies to law firms employing articling students and associates. Provincial employment standards regulation are completely irrelevant. The typical articling student who has worked for several months should qualify for regular EI (i.e. 55% of their previous salary to a maximum of $573 per week).
  5. We have an equivalent in Alberta, if that's where OP works...
  6. How is this possible? Can you provide a breakdown?
  7. Having your principal present you is definitely customary, but not required. Any active member of the Law Society can apply for you to be admitted.
  8. I find it way more coherent conceptually. If the Legislature thinks the expertise justifies courts staying out, they can choose not to include an appeal clause in the home statute and then the reasonableness presumption stays intact. Otherwise, what's the point of the appeal clause...? Overall, I think the decision is a step forward for admin law.
  9. In-house union is comparatively high because their staff are unionized. That being said, I think it's rare for a new call to move in house to a union. They would generally want some experience first.
  10. In-house union varies, but a safe bet is to look at that union's Labour Relations Officer salaries and ask for something in that ballpark. Most LROs are unionized themselves, so their salaries should be publicly available. I'm in Alberta, where LROs make between $110-$120 k (plus benefits, car allowances, etc.), so I would expect most unions would be expecting to pay at least that for in-house. You can also check out the job board for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (here). Some postings (not all) have salary ranges. Good luck!
  11. In Alberta at least, you are entitled to a certain amount of reservist leave under the Employment Standards Code, but of course clear communication and agreement from your firm is even better .
  12. Articling salaries seemed to hover around $50,000 in Edmonton when I was a student (about a year ago). It's possible the bigger firms were a bit higher (I was in a boutique firm), but I would be surprised if articling salaries exceeded $60 or $65k, even at bigger shops. I suspect first-year associates are looking at $65-$75, with a $10-$15 bump each year after that, but YMMV.
  13. There are plenty of very qualified professors who can teach the basics of law and who are willing to do so for $150k per year rather than $300k (in fact, many practitioners will do it for a nominal fee). There is no justification for UofT's outrageous tuition fees.
  14. I would just reiterate that collective bargaining doesn't have to conform to traditional industrial agreements. Even physicians, who are private business owners with an incentive to maximize profits, bargain collectively with many provincial governments (and in some provinces, like Alberta, that right is enshrined in law). Also, there is often lots of ambiguity between management and employees. Determining whether a "supervisor" is an employee (and in a bargaining unit) or a manager (and therefore excluded) is bread-and-butter work at labour boards. There are established tests and lots of decided cases.... Associates would clearly fall within the employee category.
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