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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.
This bulletin discusses new employer obligations for job postings, tip and wage protections, and more as proposed in the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023.
Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld an astounding 30-month notice period awarded to a non-managerial employee with almost 40 years of service.
Join us for McMillan's annual Employment and Labour Webinar as we review and discuss current trends, emerging employment legal issues and provide practical solutions to help you manage your workforce.
Ontario will propose legislation aimed at providing additional transparency to Ontario workers, including salary ranges and use of artificial intelligence.
This bulletin discusses a recent BC Court of Appeal decision where an employee was dismissed for cause for secretly recording workplace conversations.
As if November 1, 2023, employers will be required to disclose the expected salary or wage in all publicly advertised job listings.
At this session, our panel of experts will provide a panoramic view of the evolution of automotive class actions across Canada, a review of best practices for managing disputes with distributors and franchisees, and
insights into litigation and disclosure obligations arising from automotive industry labour issues.
Hotel faces employees' class action over employment benefit changes.
This bulletin discusses the recent decision in Williams v. Vac Developments Limited regarding gag defamation proceedings commenced by employers.
Amendments to the Canada Labour Code require federally regulated employers to provide existing employees with employment statements by October 7, 2023.
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