Federal employment and labor

Employers regulated by federal labor laws face constant challenges as hundreds of new regulations are introduced each year. Increasing penalties for non-compliance intensify the need to stay proactive and informed.

Clients depend on us for bilingual strategic advice and representation before courts, tribunals and arbitrators in all matters of employment disputes and human rights complaints. We represent private and public employers across Canada in a range of industries including media and telecommunications, rail, road and air transportation, financial services, energy, postal and courier services, passenger transit and security, and federal Crown corporations and agencies.

Our integrated team monitors regulatory developments to ensure that employers fully understand their own rights and obligations — and those of their employees. Our lawyers possess extensive experience in appearing before the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Federal Court, and have also been involved in the negotiation of myriads of national collective agreements.

We have expertise in employment disputes including advising and representing employers in matters of:

  • Certification applications
  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Unfair labor practice allegations
  • Bad faith bargaining charges
  • Successorship and common employer applications
  • Bargaining unit consolidations
  • Essential services disputes
  • Unlawful strikes and binding interest arbitration
  • Collective agreements in many key sectors of the economy
  • Individual and group terminations and layoffs

We also handle human rights and related issues including advising and representing employers with respect to development of policies and strategies or defense in investigations or complaints related to:

  • Human rights issues
  • Workplace privacy
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Workplace compensation
  • The duty of accommodation
  • Employment and pay equity
  • Remuneration, pension and benefits issues
  • Official Languages Act

Top tier

Chambers Global
Employment, Labour and Pensions

PLC Which Lawyer
Labour and Employee Benefits

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Labour Relations

Rankings and awards

  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Canada, Alberta: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Canada, Ontario: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Canada, Quebec: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Employment and Labour, Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Legal 500, Canada: Labour and Employment (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2019

News

Client Work