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On the Radar: Rules about time off and pay for public holidays
May 13, 2016
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Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) gives many workers the right to time off work with holiday pay on public holidays. But some employers don’t follow the rules.

With the summer’s public holidays fast approaching, this month’s On the Radar looks at the rules and what workers can do to protect their rights.

On the Radar: Many workers in Ontario have no right to paid sick leave
April 12, 2016
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Recent reports point to the many negative effects that lack of paid sick time has on workers. Illnesses spread because workers can't afford to take time off and hospital emergency departments see people who can't get to their doctors during office hours.

This month's On the Radar talks about the personal emergency leave available to people covered by rules in Ontario's Employment Standards Act and how these rules fail to meet the needs of many workers.

On the Radar: Filing tax returns after separation or divorce
March 17, 2016
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Many things change after separation or divorce, including what tax credits and benefits someone might get. By filing a tax return, some benefits apply even if a person has little or no income.

This month's On the Radar talks about some of the things that a person who is newly separated or divorced should think about when doing their tax return.

On the Radar: Income support options for people with disabilities
February 23, 2016
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The two main public income support programs for people with disabilities are Canada Pension Plan disability (CPPD) benefits and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits.

This month's On the Radar talks about key differences between these programs, and how some people may be able to get benefits from one or both of them.

News Release - January 21, 2016
January 22, 2016
Posted in:CLEO News

Launch of LawConnect promises enhanced public legal education in Ontario

Last evening a crowd gathered at the Law Society to celebrate the launch of LawConnect. Leaders in the public legal education community, including The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith and Law Society Treasurer Janet Minor joined over 100 teachers, judges, lawyers, community partners and funders for this celebratory event.

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.