Services

Contracts

The employment contract is arguably the most important document defining the employment relationship. A poorly drafted employment contract can be costly and disastrous. A well drafted employment contract provides protection to individuals and businesses. Our firm offers the following:

  • Contract negotiations ranging from basic employment contracts to executive employment contracts
  • Drafting contracts, including executive employment contracts
  • Contract interpretation
  • Assist in resolving contract disputes

Human Resources

Next to employment contracts, human resource policies are essential in defining the employment relationship: it provides clarity to employees and affords protection to businesses. Our firm provides the following services:

  • Drafting comprehensive human resource policies in accordance with employment laws of the applicable jurisdiction(s).
  • In addition to compliance with applicable laws, our policies are designed to meet a business’s unique needs and workplace culture.

Employment Standards

Most employees are entitled to basic rights and benefits as outlined in employment standards legislation in each Canadian province. Employers are obligated to comply with the minimum standards outlined in employment standards legislation. Our firm advises on all aspects of the applicable minimum employment standards legislation in each Canadian jurisdiction and federally, which includes, but is not limited to the following matters:

  • Probationary employees
  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Vacation time
  • Vacation pay
  • Statutory holidays and holiday pay
  • Leaves of Absence, which includes but is not limited to: pregnancy leave, medical leave, bereavement leave, reservist leave
  • Lay-offs
  • Terminations

Recruitment and Hiring Process

Advise on all aspects of the recruitment and hiring process, including:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Interview process
  • Extending an offer
  • Employment contracts

Dismissals:

  • Review and advise on appropriate severance packages
  • Advise on "with cause" terminations
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Dismissals arising from restructuring
  • Mass terminations

Human Rights

Competent advice and representation on all aspects of human rights matters in employment, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Harassment
  • Accommodation in employment
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace Investigations

Accessibility in Employment

In Ontario, all businesses with at least one employee must ensure that they comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 S.O. 2005, CHAPTER 11 ("AODA") and its Regulation. This legislation imposes comprehensive obligations on Ontario businesses and a timeline for compliance. Failure to comply with these obligations within the timeline prescribed can result in exorbitant fines. This can be avoided with proper legal advice. Our firm provides comprehensive advice and materials on how to comply with the mandatory requirements outlined in this legislation, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Training seminars on accessibility in employment
  • Establishing accessibility policies
  • Drafting accessibility plans

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety legislation expects each organization to take an internal responsibility approach to compliance with health and safety in the workplace. This means that both the employer and employee have certain obligations, which must be met. Our firm provides comprehensive legal advice on compliance with the applicable occupational health and safety legislation.

Cross Border Compliance

Our firm provides advice to Companies outside Canada that have existing operations, or are considering starting operations in any Canadian jurisdiction.

 
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