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On the Radar: Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
January 15, 2016
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Recent reports show that labelling workers as "independent contractors" rather than employees has become widespread in many sectors of the labour market. This leaves many workers with little job security, no benefits, and working conditions that don't meet minimum standards.

This month's On the Radar describes what it means for workers if they've been misclassified as independent contractors.

On the Radar: Keeping the heat on
December 8, 2015
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With temperatures dropping, this month's On the Radar has some information to help tenants stay warm.

On the Radar: Creative services make family law legal help more affordable
November 6, 2015
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Getting separated or divorced can be one of the most stressful times in a person's life. And more than half of the people in Ontario's family courts are representing themselves, often because they can't afford a lawyer.

To help address this problem, some lawyers now offer "unbundled" or "limited scope" services for people who can't afford to hire them for the whole case.

This month's On the Radar explains how this works.

2015 Guthrie Award Recipient - Julie Mathews
November 5, 2015
Posted in:CLEO News

CLEO's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our executive director, Julie Mathews, is this year's recipient of the Guthrie Award. The Guthrie is awarded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, and acknowledges the contribution of individuals and organizations to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.

On the Radar - Getting out the vote
October 6, 2015
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It's almost time to elect the next federal government. But people who are young, homeless, have been evicted, or have no permanent address may not be on the voters' list.

This month's On the Radar looks at what they can do if they want to vote.

On the Radar - Court strikes down rule denying appeal rights to refugee claimants from "safe countries"
September 10, 2015
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There was good news this summer for refugees from countries on the government's Designated Country of Origin (DCO) list.

The Federal Court said that DCO claimants can now appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, if the Refugee Protection Division refuses their claim.

This month's On the Radar explains why this is an important decision.

On the Radar: Government looking at changing rules for payday lenders
July 22, 2015
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Many people with low incomes have little access to regular types of credit like bank loans and credit cards. So when they can't pay the rent or have an unexpected expense, they're often forced to get short-term loans from payday lenders.

Until August 14, the provincial government is asking for public input on whether the rules about payday lenders should be changed. This month, On the Radar looks at some of the problems with the current rules.

On the Radar - Beat the heat: Air conditioners in rental housing
July 3, 2015
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It's that time of year when keeping cool at home can become a challenge – at least on some days and in some parts of the province.

This month's On the Radar looks at some of the legal issues that tenants can face when trying to stay cool.

On the Radar: Taking time off work for illness and emergencies
June 9, 2015
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Many workers in Ontario have the right to take time off work for illness or other urgent situations without losing their jobs.

This month's On the Radar highlights rules in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) about taking an unpaid leave from work.

On the Radar: When can a landlord legally take a tenant's belongings?
May 6, 2015
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For centuries, landlords had a legal right called "distress" which let them take a tenant's personal property if the tenant failed to pay the rent. While Ontario banned this in 1970, there are still situations where landlords can take or throw out a tenant's belongings.

As the spring moving season is upon us, this month's On the Radar reviews some of the legal rules that protect tenants' belongings.