Employer Clients

SERVICES

Our relationship with our employer clients strives to provide proactive advice with a view to minimizing future costs, and the likelihood of future litigation proceedings. We regularly provide services to our employer clients in each of the following areas:

We represent clients in all aspects of collective bargaining, including initial Priority & Costing Analysis, Negotiating Strategy, Language Analysis, Strike Contingency Plans, and representation in Bad Faith Bargaining Complaints. We understand the significance that collective agreements play in the unionized workplace, and we therefore work proactively with our clients to secure favorable agreements, and to minimize the likelihood of disruptive work stoppages.

We offer a broad range of specialized advisory services, involving Human Resources Policies (including Harassment Policies), Corporate Reorganization and Downsizing, and Sale of Business Transactions. We understand the value of Preventive Maintenance Strategies, and we work closely with our clients to minimize future costs, and the likelihood of future litigation proceedings, associated with human resources initiatives.

More than ever before, the legal rights and obligations associated with an employment relationship are being documented in formal employment contracts. We are regularly called upon to draft, interpret and challenge such contracts, and have therefore acquired a specialized expertise in dealing with such matters as Termination Provisions, Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation Restrictions, Stock Option Agreements, Change in Control/Golden Parachute Provisions, Independent Contractor Agreements, and other related employment contract issues.

As a specialty labour and employment law firm, we have extensive experience in all aspects of Wrongful Dismissal Litigation, and have represented clients before all levels of courts in Ontario, and in the Federal Court of Canada. We are also experienced advocates in related employment litigation, including matters involving Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation Agreements, Fiduciary Duties, Intellectual Property Rights, and related Injunction Litigation. In addition, we offer specialized advice and representation in connection with Judicial Review Applications involving arbitration decisions, and decisions of the federal and provincial labour boards.

We advise clients on the requirements and potential consequences associated with provincial and federal employment standards legislation, including such issues as Hours of Work, Overtime, Terminations & Lay-offs, Pregnancy & Parental Leave, and the potential Personal Liability of Directors & Officers. Our involvement in these issues ranges from the preliminary assessment of employment standards requirements, to the ultimate adjudication of formal employment standards complaints.

We have extensive experience advising and representing clients in connection with formal proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board. In this regard, we regularly appear as counsel in Union Certification & Decertification Proceedings, Related/Successor Employer Applications, Unfair Labour Practice Complaints and Construction Industry Grievances.

We advise and represent employer clients in the full range of disputes that can arise under a Collective Agreement, including Discipline & Discharge, Promotions/Demotions/Transfers, Management Rights, Absenteeism and Contracting-Out. We regularly appear as counsel before Boards of Arbitration, and we welcome invitations to serve as Employer Nominees on tri-partite boards.

We are experienced counsel in matters involving allegations of Discrimination and/or Harassment in the workplace environment. We regularly represent clients involved in formal complaint proceedings before the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We also provide specialized advisory services in connection with internal Harassment Policies and Harassment Complaints/Investigations.

We are experienced counsel in matters involving allegations of Discrimination and/or Harassment in the workplace environment. We regularly represent clients involved in formal complaint proceedings before the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We also provide specialized advisory services in connection with internal Harassment Policies and Harassment Complaints/Investigations.

As a specialty labour and employment law firm, we have extensive experience in all aspects of Wrongful Dismissal Litigation, and have represented clients before all levels of courts in Ontario, and in the Federal Court of Canada. We are also experienced advocates in related employment litigation, including matters involving Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation Agreements, Fiduciary Duties, Intellectual Property Rights, and related Injunction Litigation. In addition, we offer specialized advice and representation in connection with Judicial Review Applications involving arbitration decisions, and decisions of the federal and provincial labour boards.

We offer a broad range of specialized advisory services, involving Human Resources Policies (including Harassment Policies), Corporate Reorganization and Downsizing, and Sale of Business Transactions. We understand the value of Preventive Maintenance Strategies, and we work closely with our clients to minimize future costs, and the likelihood of future litigation proceedings, associated with human resources initiatives.

We frequently advise employer clients in relation to appropriate Severance Packages when they are required to implement terminations.