Hicks Morley is pleased to announce the hiring of nine new associates. Working out of the firm’s Toronto office are Amanda Cohen, Ashlee Common, Matin Fazelpour, Diana Holloway, Sarah Iaconis, Will McLennan, Kate Shao, and Evan Taylor. Practising out of the Waterloo office is Nicholas Smith.

Hicks Morley congratulates 30 of our lawyers for being recognized in Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2019 in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Law and Workers’ Compensation Law sections.

The 2018 July/August edition of Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Jordan Fremont in an article titled “The Long Journey to Safety.” Even as regulators move to expand decumulation options for Canadians in defined contribution pension plans, the degree to which employers will actually adopt the solutions available, including variable benefits, remains an open question. Various factors fuel the conundrum, but exposure to liability and litigation risk loom as perhaps the most daunting obstacles.

Hicks Morley’s Amanda Hunter authored an article titled “Canada: 18 month maternity leave” which appeared in the June 2018 edition of Taylor Vinters’s International Employment Law Update. The article discusses recent amendments to the Canadian federal Employment Insurance (EI) program and changes to other federal/provincial legislation, have significantly increased the combined length of job-protected pregnancy and parental leave to, in some cases, 18 months.

Hicks Morley’s Thomas Agnew was interviewed by PrecedentJD  in a July 4, 2018 article featured in their “Meet the Expert” section, titled, “Meet Labour and Employment Lawyers Thomas Agnew.” Thomas provides his responses to a series of questions regarding how he prepares for a case, what it’s like to argue a case, and the traits that he believes make a good labour and employment lawyer.

The July 24, 2018 issue of Labour Notes® newsletter features an article authored by Hicks Morley lawyer Ryan Plener. In the article “Appeal Court Rules on Termination Clauses and Proper ‘Failsafe’ Language,” Ryan discusses how a recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal, where it reversed the lower court decision, could serve as an example to clarify the different interpretations of the employment contract provisions which limit entitlements upon termination.