OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

 

“They always know the answer and provide me with clear guidance, and they have representatives across the country – they are very efficient that way.”

Client comments, Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

 

In Canada, the framework governing employment relationships is complex, and there can be significant liability for failing to comply with applicable law.

A wide variety of private- and public-sector clients, including some of Canada’s largest employers, retain Blakes for strategic advice on contractual and compensation issues, dismissals, human rights complaints, immigration, disability accommodations, pay equity, occupational health and safety, union activities, collective agreements, and workplace safety and insurance issues.

Our clients rely on us for practical day-to-day guidance on numerous facets of employment law, including advice on hiring, employee relations, employment standards, outsourcing arrangements and employment terminations, as well as compliance with Canadian privacy law. Clients also call on us for advice on creating, revising, implementing and enforcing personnel and other workplace policies and to provide manager training programs to ensure that they are current on employment and labour law developments. Additionally, we offer strategic guidance to clients to ensure that their Canadian business operations are equipped to respond effectively to union-organizing drives and certification applications.

We often work with our colleagues in complementary areas of law, such as corporate and commercial, tax, immigration, intellectual property, and employee benefits and executive compensation to help clients expand into Canada or to acquire and sell existing Canadian businesses.

When workplace disputes result in litigation or complaints to an administrative tribunal, clients feel confident retaining Blakes. Our Employment & Labour lawyers are experienced in employment litigation, including enforcement of non-competition and trade secrets agreements, wrongful dismissal litigation and related mediation processes. Our lawyers have defended clients against employment-related claims brought on behalf of province-wide classes of employees or former employees. We regularly litigate matters before courts at all levels throughout Canada as well as appear before provincial and federal human rights tribunals and labour relations boards. Additionally, we attend arbitration hearings on behalf of management and have represented clients in judicial reviews of arbitrators' decisions.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
Members of the Blakes Employment & Labour team are recognized as leaders in the following publications:
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4277
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4336
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, United States
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5250
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
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
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4112
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9666
Areas of Expertise: Construction, Energy, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9709
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3176
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Employment & Labour, Corporate & Commercial, Employment Litigation
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
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5223
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Arbitration, Employment Law, Construction Dispute Resolution
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, Government & Public Sector
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9770
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Labour Law, Defence
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4149
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Pensions & Benefits, Employment Litigation, Human Rights & Accommodation, Health & Safety
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9798
Areas of Expertise: Employment Litigation, Labour Law, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Executive Compensation, Pensions & Benefits, Privacy, Cybersecurity
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9613
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy, Government & Public Sector, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9698
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Employment Litigation, Development, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Banking, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5255
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Human Rights & Accommodation, Employment Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9749
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2496
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9616
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Construction Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2430
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Litigation
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9722
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Insurance Litigation, Construction, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Arbitration, Product Liability, Shareholder Activism, Employment Litigation, Energy Litigation, Energy Regulatory, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9683
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Oil & Gas, Arbitration
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