Osler’s Employment and Labour Department delivers clear, practical and results-oriented legal advice on all aspects of employment and labour law. We offer strong, effective representation where workplace disputes arise and valuable insight into the best way to establish and implement realistic and reliable employment and labour practices. We partner with a broad range of companies, from small- and medium-sized to global entities, and have worked closely with clients in most industries and understand the business and legal issues that are unique to different business sectors. Our lawyers understand the reputational risks inherent in implementing workplace initiatives. We respond promptly because we recognize that employment and labour issues are usually pressing ones and need to be addressed quickly and effectively.
Our lawyers regularly represent clients before Labour boards and other tribunals dealing with employment and labour-related issues, at arbitration hearings and before the courts. We provide comprehensive advice and representation in all areas of employment and labour law including:
- Collective Agreement Administration
- Collective Bargaining
- Directors’ Liability
- Employment Contracts and Executive Compensation
- Employment Standards
- Grievance Arbitration
- Human Rights
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Pay Equity and Employment Equity
- Restructuring Solutions
- Strikes and Lockouts
- Terminations and Layoffs
- Union Certification and Decertification
- Workers’ Compensation
- Workplace Investigations
We keep our clients up-to-date on new legislation, recent court and arbitration decisions and the evolution of policies of labour relations tribunals and government agencies.
We can call on legal professionals in our Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montréal and New York offices. In addition, we are a founding member of a network of Canadian law firms and we are able to call on local counsel in all Canadian jurisdictions.
Our lawyers receive frequent inquiries about Canadian employment and labour law from U.S. counsel and clients. We have extensive experience guiding U.S.–based employers through downsizings, executive terminations and union organizing efforts, all of which raise different issues and require different solutions in Canada.
As part of our firm’s Executive Compensation Group, we help domestic and multinational businesses create appropriate employment arrangements for their employees and senior executives. We also advise boards of directors and their human resources committees in discharging their duties related to executive compensation matters.
Osler has one of the most competitive practices with respect to emerging and high-growth technology companies in Canada.
Our Employment & Labour team has extensive experience working with companies in this increasingly important sector of the Canadian economy. Our Employment & Labour lawyers understand and routinely advise on the unique business and legal issues that these organizations face, including executing with respect to “make or break” financings, successfully navigating founder departures and managing reputational and brand risk. We recognize that effectively addressing workplace risks issues requires proactive solutions, creative advice and a keen sense of market practice in order to minimize cost and management distraction.
The Employment & Labour team is routinely sought out for our breadth of expertise in this area, and our lawyers regularly speak on the variety of issues that affect emerging and high growth workplaces, including the following topics from recent client seminars: