For many businesses, the area of employment law is a constantly changing minefield, particularly for organizations that do not have a senior HR resource in-house. On the one hand, recruiting and developing new talent in your organization is critical for meeting the current and future needs of the business. On the other hand, any misstep along the way could result in a dispute that is lengthy and costly and which distracts you from the on-going running of the business.
Our Services for Employers
Our experienced labour and employment law lawyers are here to help businesses avoid costly disputes by providing regular and proactive counsel to employers and human resources staff on their day-to-day HR issues. Our team works with clients so that they remain up-to-date on changes to employment legislation and are in full compliance with all the requirements of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, workplace safety and health standards, and employee privacy rights.
Proactive Solutions for Employers
Our day-to-day advice also includes:
- Drafting employment policies and procedures
- Preparing employment contracts and agreements
- Advising on executive compensation and incentive packages
- Advising on the employment law implication of mergers, acquisitions or the sale of the business employment implicationsMergers and acquisitions employment implications
- Advising on recruitment practices to comply with human rights requirements
- Consulting on employee terminations and packages
- Ensuring employeers meet Occupational Health & Safety obligations
- Preparing enforceable non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Advising on directors’ duties and responsibilities
By tapping into our expertise as and when needed, businesses can help avoid employment disputes in the future.
Resolving Employment Law Disputes
- Human rights complaints, including allegations of discrimination based on disability, sex, marital status, race and age
- Employment standards claims such as claims for Termination Pay, Severance Pay, unpaid vacation pay, unpaid overtime pay and claims for allegedly violating the leave provisions of the Employment Standards Act
- Unjust dismissal complaints under the Canada Labour Code
- Proceedings under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, such as work refusals, harassment complaints and reprisal complaints
- Wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal claims, including claims for unpaid bonus compensation, unrealized options, damages for mental distress and aggravated and punitive damages
- A wide variety of proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, including grievances and jurisdictional disputes in the construction industry and common employer or successor employer applications
- All types of grievance arbitrations under collective agreements