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Workplace Law for Businesses

Laws governing the relationship between employers and their workers are constantly changing, and differ significantly from province-to-province and industry-to-industry.  McMillan’s employment, labour relations, executive compensation and business immigration specialists are here to help management navigate this complex legal framework.  We provide practical and responsive advice to businesses, with a view to helping companies attract and retain talent, avoid workplace disputes, and maintain labour relations peace.

McMillan’s Employment Law Team advises businesses on all aspects of provincial and federal employment law, delivering practical counsel focused on protecting management’s interests.  We help businesses with hiring and termination (including wrongful and unjust dismissals), employment standards (including wage and hour compliance), drafting and reviewing employment contracts, employee handbooks and workplace policies, hybrid and remote work arrangements, workplace harassment prevention and response, human rights, employee privacy, occupational health and safety, and workers’ compensation matters.  When conflict in the workplace occurs, we provide clients with strong, effective representation that advocates for their best interests.

Our Labour Relations Team advises and represents businesses on a wide range of labour relations matters, from a union’s initial efforts to organize employees, to the negotiation of collective agreements and dispute resolution. We assist management with certification applications, collective agreement negotiations, strikes and lockouts, including drafting communications on the employer’s behalf, securing injunctions and even acting as spokespersons for management. Our lawyers are experienced advocates at arbitrations and before labour relations tribunals, and can assist with either reaching a resolution through mediation or advocating through the arbitration process.

Members of our Business Immigration Team provide advice across all industries and on all aspects of Canadian business immigration, including labour market impact assessments (“LMIAs”), intra-company transfers under CUSMA, CETA, CPTPP, GATS and other free trade agreements, CUSMA, CPTPP professional work permit applications, business visitor and after-sales service issues, rehabilitation applications and permanent residency applications, including provincial nominee applications. We work directly with the client to evaluate the best option in order to obtain the required immigration approvals without having to go through the LMIA process. We develop persuasive and strong applications and make ourselves available to the client or its employees should they require assistance while making the application. We ensure that our clients can continue to run their business with the workers they need, when they need them.

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Dave J. G. McKechnie

Partner, Employment & Labour Relations

Shari Munk-Manel

Office Management Partner, Montréal
Partner | Employment & Labour Relations

Martin J. Thompson

Office Management Partner, Ottawa
Partner | Employment & Labour Relations

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