Technology – Employment and Labour

The pandemic has transformed workplace environments across sectors, accelerating the trend of technology-enabled remote work and introducing new considerations like staffing shortages and questions over vaccination mandates and regular testing requirements. In an uncertain and rapidly evolving climate, employers are looking to establish new workplace norms while attracting and retaining the best talent.

Osler’s lawyers work with many technology companies — both established giants and emerging start-ups — on all aspects of their employment and labour needs. We have significant experience advising Canadian and multinational enterprises on key employment contracts and executive compensation, cross-border issues, occupational health and safety, pensions and benefits, post-acquisition integration and restructuring, workplace investigations, resolving employee disputes and other sensitive labour matters.

Technology is a fast-paced and ultra-competitive industry where staying ahead of the curve, and having the talent to get you there, is paramount. With broad experience and a deep understanding of market practices, Osler’s Employment and Labour team provides creative and practical legal advice to help your organization optimize its workforce.

Recent experience

Artech Information Systems, LLC

In October 2018, Artech Information Systems, LLC, announced its acquisition of the Talent & Technology Solutions business unit of CDI Corporation. The acquisition significantly enhanced Artech’s market position and expanded its global talent pool of billable team members and support staff to more than 10,000.

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In February 2021, Toronto-based fintech company Borrowell acquired Refresh Financial. By integrating Refresh Financial into Borrowell, the deal provides Borrowell’s user base with a way to build credit history and access payment products, and is expected to double its revenue and number of employees.

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In August 2021, Vancouver-based social media management platform Hootsuite announced it acquired artificial intelligence chatbot start-up Heyday. This acquisition allows Hootsuite to tap into social media-based e-commerce.

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IBM purchased Montréal-based Expertus Technologies Inc., a pioneer in cloud solutions, in December 2020 to bolster its electronic-payments capabilities. The deal allows IBM to provide financial institutions with the full breadth of intelligent workflows, end-to-end business processes embedded with AI, data and analytics.



In February 2021, Astreya announced it signed an agreement to acquire Yolk, an agile software company in the enterprise automation space. The acquisition will reinforce Astreya’s commitment to building technology-enabled services that elevate human potential and experience in a digitally transformed work environment.

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