Michael Cleveland

Étudiant 2018, Stagiaire 2019 - 2020 | Toronto

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Portrait de Michael Cleveland

Michael received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2019, earning distinction standing in his third year. Prior to law school, Michael obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from the University of Toronto, graduating with high distinction.

In the summer after his first year of law school, Michael worked for Pro Bono Ontario’s Medical-Legal Partnership, a non-profit organization which provides legal information and assistance to low-income Ontarians. Based out of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Michael provided patients’ families with information on a range of legal topics. That summer, Michael also volunteered with Mississauga Community Legal Services, a community legal clinic in his hometown. While there, he assisted staff lawyers with housing and employment law matters.

Throughout all three years of law school, Michael volunteered with Downtown Legal Services, providing legal assistance and representation to low-income Torontonians on housing law matters. During his studies, he also volunteered as a student tutor with the Law in Action Within Schools program and acted as a student researcher for the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights. In his third year, Michael won a course prize for his mark in Taxation.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys canoeing, hiking, and reading about history and economics.

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2019 Federal Election Reminder: Employees’ Right to Time Off to Vote

In advance of the federal election on October 21, 2019, employers are reminded of their obligation to provide employees with time off to vote on polling day. Three Consecutive Hours for Voting The federal Canada Elections Act provides that all...

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Human Rights Tribunal Finds School Board Provided Reasonable Accommodations for Student with ASD

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently dismissed an application made by a mother on behalf of her son, a Grade 2 student diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a learning disability.  She alleged that the Upper Grand District...

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Transportation Industry Employers Affected By Last-Minute Guidelines Concerning New Canada Labour Code Amendments

Sweeping amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) came into force on September 1, 2019. Just prior to this, on August 30, 2019, the federal government published a set of interpretations, policies, and guidelines (IPGs) in relation to these...

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Update for Federally Regulated Employers: Government Issues Guidelines for New Canada Labour Code Amendments

As discussed in our Communiqué dated August 21, significant amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) came into force on September 1, 2019. Just prior to this, on August 30, 2019, the federal government published a set of interpretations,...

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A Difficult Road Ahead: Transportation Industry Employers Must Navigate Imminent Changes to the Canada Labour Code

Introduction Federally regulated employers in the transportation industry have reason to be concerned about upcoming changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”), which will take effect on September 1, 2019. New scheduling rules threaten the efficiency, reliability and financial...

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A Reminder to Federally Regulated Employers: Substantial Amendments to the Canada Labour Code Are Imminent

Introduction On September 1, 2019, a number of the amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) which we described in our November 5, 2018 communiqué are scheduled to come into force. Many of these amendments create new leave entitlements...

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Recent Changes to Remedial Certification in Ontario

Remedial certification by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) allows a union to be certified as the bargaining agent for a group of employees where, despite failing to demonstrate that a majority of employees favour unionization, the Board determines...

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Union Certification in Ontario’s Construction Industry: A Primer

Union certification is the procedure by which a union gains the right to exclusively represent a group of employees in negotiations with an employer. The Labour Relations Act, 1995, S.O. 1995, c.1, Sched. A (“LRA”) governs the union certification process...

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Labour and Privacy Update

Teacher’s work refusal due to violence of five-year-old student upheld by Labour Board In Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers / Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association v. Toronto Catholic District School Board, 2017 CanLII 37597 (ON LRB), the Ontario Labour Relations Board...

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Ontario Passes Fair Wage Legislation to Protect Certain Workers on Government Contracts

Introduction On May 8, 2018, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation allows Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for people working in construction, building cleaning, and security services jobs under...

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