Are you an employee with an issue at work? We are the employment lawyers who can help.

If you are an employee who is starting a new job, experiencing problems at work, or has recently been dismissed, we are ready to help. Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s experienced employment lawyers can help you at any stage of your employment relationship.

We understand that work is an essential part of your life, and that your employment issues need prompt attention. 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 employees in employment related disputes and litigation, and have appeared before all levels of court.

We bring our insight and expertise to every workplace situation, providing you with services that focus on finding solutions that work for you. Our services for employees include:

Employment Contracts
If you are starting a new position, we can review your contract to ensure it meets both legal standards and your needs.

Notice of Termination and Severance
If your employment has been terminated we can help you assess your notice and severance entitlements.

Wrongful, Constructive and Unjust Dismissal
We can provide you advice on different types of dismissal, as well as what rights and remedies may be available to you.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination
If you have a workplace issue that involves discrimination or harassment that is prohibited under human rights or occupational health and safety legislation, we can help.

Disability in the Workplace
We provide practical advice to employees with disabilities who are experiencing workplace barriers.

Class and Other Group Actions
If several people have similar employment law claims, it may be possible to consider a class action or group lawsuit. We achieve effective results in these actions.

When you have a new employment contract or a workplace issue, we encourage you to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to review your options before taking any action or signing any documents. You should also be aware that there are various deadlines, or ‘limitation periods’, for making a regulatory complaint or starting a legal action. Failure to comply with these limitation periods may impact your rights. For example, you might lose your ability to claim employment insurance (‘EI’) benefits if you wait too long to apply. It is also very important not to discuss your workplace issues online or with your co-workers.

Preparing for your first meeting with a lawyer

Taking a few preliminary steps to prepare for your first meeting with a lawyer can help you reduce costs. Steps that you could take include:

  • Preparing a brief outline of the issues that you want to discuss;
  • Keeping careful records of important information related to your workplace issue, and bring them with you to the meeting;
  • Preparing a written history of related events in chronological order;
  • Assembling and bringing any key documents, such as your employment contract and/or termination letter, and relevant written and electronic communications to the meeting;
  • Providing the name and address of any parties and witnesses that could be involved in your matter;
  • Bringing health issues you may have had during or develop after your employment to your lawyer’s attention, and keeping records of medical appointments.

About our fees

When you retain our services, you are contracting for our experience and breadth of professional expertise. Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s general policy is to charge for the time we spend providing you with the legal services you require. The cost of retaining a lawyer depends on the nature of the legal issue, its complexity, and the time it takes to conclude the matter. We will attempt to recover your legal fees either by way of settlement or judgement; however, it is not always possible to have your legal fees completely covered by the amount of the award designated as legal costs. You will need to make sure your accounts are paid on time in order for us to continue work on your file. We make efforts to bill you on a regular basis so that the amount of each account is manageable. We encourage you to bring up any questions about fees, invoices, or expenses at any time.

How can our employment lawyers help you?

Thank you for your interest in our employment law services. For more information about an employment law issue or to meet with one of our employment lawyers, please send us an email or call us at 613-238-8080, or toll-free at 888-565-9912. Our friendly staff will ask questions to start the intake process and help you find the right employment lawyer to handle your matter.