Employment Law

We provide practical and timely assistance to both employers and employees on the ever-evolving law that governs employment relationships.

We are at the forefront of emerging trends in employment law. We provide employers with proven tools, documents and advice to simplify the management of the legal aspects of employment matters.

We help employers implement best practices in key employment law areas, including hiring, compensation, termination, occupational health and safety, discrimination and harassment, accommodation and employment policies. We assist with the preparation and enforcement of non-disclosure, non-solicitation, non-competition and other restrictive covenants. We advise on employment-related disputes and, when necessary, represent our clients in litigating and mediating these matters. Our team provides integrated employment, immigration and Canadian tax advice in relation to transfers, secondments and other cross-border employment issues. Our lawyers are skilled at addressing legal risk arising from employment issues ancillary to complex transactional matters, including mergers and reorganizations. We frequently assist with the preparation, review and implementation of employee stock option plans, and advise on the corporate legal issues ancillary thereto.

We advise employers of all sizes and at all stages of business development. Our client roster spans many industries and includes manufacturers, distributors, national and provincial franchisors and franchisees, foreign entities with Canadian employment presences and professional, technological and other service providers. Occasionally, we act for employees in connection with negotiating their terms of employment and negotiating and litigating the terms of their exit from employment.

We work closely with human resources and management personnel to provide recommendations tailored to our clients’ organizational cultures and operational requirements. Our clients benefit from access to seasoned practitioners who can solve problems quickly and efficiently.

We can assist with compliance with employment standards and related legislation and regulations including policies to address public health and safety issues and provincial “disconnecting from work” requirements. We have considerable experience with human rights investigations and responding to applications made to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. We assist employers in responding to Employment Standards Investigations and in appeals from Orders made following such investigations. We have skilled litigators who regularly handle contested matters before tribunals and the courts, if needed.