Areas of Expertise

Employment & Labour

Our employment lawyers provide creative and pragmatic solutions for a wide variety of employment-related issues that arise in today’s workplace. Our approach is to provide expert advice that will minimize the time, costs and disruptions associated with resolving workplace disputes, including wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, or labour arbitrations. We provide employers with advice to manage workplace issues to prevent them from becoming bigger problems. However, when issues do erupt, we represent our clients’ best interests from settlement negotiations through to appearances before provincial Tribunals and in Court.

We provide support to management with drafting employment contracts, developing compliant workplace policies and procedures, collective agreement administration and grievance arbitration. Our lawyers also provide advice on a wide range of employment issues, including performance management, compensation, benefits, overtime and bonuses, as well as managing compliance issues, disability and accommodation, lay-offs, hiring and recruitment, and discipline and termination.

Our lawyers work for a diverse range of employers in the private and broader public sectors, and we have specialized expertise in construction industry hearings. We also review and provide advice regarding contracts, severance packages, and compensation packages for executive and managerial employees, and independent contractors.

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What we offer:

Workplace Management
  • Hiring and Recruitment
  • Contracts and Compensation Packages
  • Discipline
  • Termination
  • Workplace Policies and Procedures
  • Employment Standards Compliance
  • Management Training
Employment Litigation
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Injunctions and Breach of Restrictive Covenants
  • Ontario Labour Relations Board Proceedings
Human Rights
  • Human Rights Code and Canadian Human Rights Act Compliance
  • Accommodation
  • Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
  • Human Rights-Related Policies and Procedures
  • Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Proceedings
Privacy
  • Privacy Legislation Compliance
  • Privacy Policies and Procedures
Labour Relations
  • Collective Agreement Administration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Grievances and Arbitration
Business Management
  • Sales, closures, and restructuring
  • Amalgamations and acquisitions
Health and Safety
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance
  • Occupational Health and Safety Compliance
  • Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
Workplace Audits
  • Privacy
  • Workplace Policies
  • Contracts and Agreements
Workplace Investigations
  • Harassment and Discrimination
  • Workplace Misconduct
  • Code of Conduct Violations
  • Policy Breaches
  • Toxic Work Environments

Areas of our Employment & Labour practice include:

  • Collective Agreement Administration
  • Construction Labour Relations
  • Discipline and Termination
  • Human Rights and Harassment
  • Ontario Labour Relations Board Proceedings
  • Privacy
  • Management Training
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance
  • Workforce Risk Management System
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employment Standards
  • Grievance and Arbitration
  • Injunctions
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Sale, Closure and Restructuring
  • Workplace Contracts and Policies
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Workplace Investigations

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