Employment Law for Employers

Are you an employer with a workplace issue? We can help.

Ensuring compliance when letting an employee go

Restructuring your workforce

Reviewing out of date contracts and policies

Conducting a workplace investigation

Employment Law for Employers

Are you an employer with a workplace issue? We can help.

We know that workplace issues have become more complex for Canadian employers now faced with exponential advances in technology, an aging workforce, expanding generational gaps, and increasingly flexible work arrangements. Our team of professionals specializing in employment law for employers can help you and your organization face these workplace challenges. You can take confidence in knowing that our lawyers are recognized as leaders in their field by the legal and human resource communities.

Our lawyers have extensive experience representing employers before tribunals and all levels of court in employment related disputes and litigation. We bring our insight to every workplace situation, finding solutions that work for you.

We frequently speak at seminars and workshops for employers on a wide range of subjects related to employment law. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the seminars and workshops we can offer you.

Our team of employment lawyers at Nelligan Law is very experienced in all aspects of litigation. Whether you’ve received a demand letter from a current or former employee, you’ve been served with a lawsuit, or a claim from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour or other similar body, we are here to help. We will discuss your potential risk with you, strategize as to next steps and end goals, and work with you to craft the strongest possible response or defence. As skilled litigators, dealing with these issues is an everyday thing for us, but we still realize just how stressful the litigation process can be when you’re trying to run a business. We will manage these challenges for you, so that you can focus on moving your business forward!

In recent years, the law surrounding workplace harassment and discrimination has become increasingly important. All employers have an obligation to investigate allegations of harassment or other similar breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act or the Canada Labour Code. Failure to do so can result in significant penalties and other orders being levied against an employer. From a staff morale standpoint, failing to address issues of harassment or other health and safety issues in the workplace, can also take a toll, leading to loss of talent, and reduction in productivity. Initiating a timely investigation and getting experienced advice on these processes is key to their management.

At Nelligan Law we have lawyers who are experienced investigators and who can act as a neutral, third-party investigator for any claims you receive. Our team of lawyers can also act as your legal counsel throughout any investigation process, guiding you to ensure you’re meeting all your legal obligations and helping you find the right third-party investigator for whatever your needs may be.

At Nelligan Law we understand that all businesses go through periods of flux. New leadership, corporate mergers, or simply a new way of doing things might mean you need to restructure your team. Sometimes this will mean letting people go, sometimes it will mean moving people to new or different positions. You decide what changes you want or need to make with respect to a restructuring or workplace shuffle, and we’ll help you figure out how to do so in the most efficient way, while taking all the steps we can to reduce or eliminate unnecessary headaches or fallout.

Terminating an employee can be daunting. Whether the reasons be fit, economics, restructuring, behavior or anything else,  we can guide you through this stressful process and help with this challenge all businesses face from time to time. An experienced member of our Employment Law team will advise you on all steps of the termination process, including what has to be provided to the employee in each individual case, what the termination meeting should look like, tools that are available to help transition employees to new employment, and strategies to limit liability and try to avoid litigation following a termination.

Well-drafted employment contracts and workplace policies are key to employers managing expectations and entitlements during the employment relationship, and after it has ended. The significant elements covered by these important workplace documents include:

  • How and when can an employee take vacation time
  • Setting out the process to deal with workplace violence and harassment.
  • Ownership of intellectual property developed during the employment relationship
  • Protecting employer interests through non-solicitation and confidentiality
  • Defining employee notice payment entitlements in the event of termination

These are just some of the elements employers should cover in their employment contracts and workplace policies. In recent years, the law has changed considerably with respect to many of these areas, and in particular termination clauses in contracts, and post-employment obligations not to compete. Contract and policy reviews can help keep these documents up to date and appropriate to the workplace.

Furthermore, implementation of employment contracts and workplace policies is just as important as the documents themselves. Our team of experienced employment lawyers will talk to you about your particular workplace and establish an approach that is tailored to your specific needs. We can provide contracts for new hires, help you transition existing employees to revised contracts, and review and revise all workplace policies to make sure your workplace has its bases covered and is compliant with all its legal obligations.

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