OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Employment laws continually develop and change in Canada through legal decisions and legislative intervention, making compliance particularly difficult for Canadian employers and companies with Canadian business operations. Businesses operating in more than one province must comply with the laws of each province in which they do business, and depending on a business’s industry, both federal and provincial governments may have jurisdiction over employment matters.

Faced with the challenge of determining which laws apply and assuring compliance, clients retain Blakes for advice. Our leading Employment Law lawyers are highly experienced and skilled at managing the interplay of regulations and ensuring all legal requirements are met.

Our clients are from a range of industries and include manufacturers, publishers, financial institutions, transportation companies, communications organizations, e-commerce and Internet companies, as well as construction companies, municipalities and cultural institutions. Representing these clients provides us with insight into their specific practices, their particular business challenges and the employment issues they face. Applying that insight and our knowledge of the regulations and governing laws ensures that our clients receive effective, proactive counsel.

Blakes lawyers advise on a wide variety of related workplace issues, including human rights, pay equity, outsourcing arrangements, workers’ compensation, immigration, privacy, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance. We remain at the forefront of new developments in employment practices, policies and laws, and often provide manager training programs to ensure that our clients also stay current. Employers also seek our advice on establishing, implementing and enforcing personnel and other workplace policies. They also request our guidance on day-to-day employment law issues, including hiring, drafting employment contracts, managing employment relationships, employment standards matters, disability accommodations, employee discipline, and termination and post-termination matters.

When employment disputes arise, clients rely on our employment litigation expertise. We have successfully litigated and mediated a wide range of disputes, including the enforcement of confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements and wrongful dismissal claims, among others. Blakes lawyers have represented clients before employment standards tribunals and other regulatory bodies as well as in courts at all levels throughout Canada.

 

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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4080
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pension Litigation, Employment & Labour, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Human Rights & Accommodation, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Cannabis
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5050
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Freedom of Information
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3329
Areas of Expertise: Construction Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Corporate Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5263
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation
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