Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Group provides private and public sector employers with practical and strategic support, advice and guidance to assist senior management in making sound decisions consistent with applicable federal and provincial labour relations and employment law and best practices. Our expertise includes traditional labour and employment law services, plus specialized advice in many areas, including human rights, occupational health and safety (including workplace harassment), pay equity, accessibility, workers’ compensation and pension and benefits.
Our Group assists employers in anticipating and preparing for opportunities and challenges as the workplace and the legal landscape evolve. We provide the strategic planning, advice and day-to-day legal assistance that is necessary to address the wide range of challenges and initiatives that involve labour relations and employment issues. With our in-depth expertise, we are able to anticipate potential problems, suggest proactive approaches and recognize the immediate and long‑term impact of available solutions.
Some of the areas in which we can provide guidance include:
General (applicable to union and non-union employees)
- Recruiting and hiring practices and policies
- Employee handbooks
- Compliance with employment and labour standards legislation
- Discipline and termination of employment
- Human rights advice, training and litigation
- Workplace harassment and occupational health and safety matters
- Attendance and disability management and return to work plans
- Policy development and implementation
- Specialized advice on labour and employment implications relating to corporate restructuring, outsourcing, corporate integration, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships
- Compliance with privacy legislation
- Compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Non-Union and Executive Employment
- Employment contracts, severance packages and wrongful dismissal litigation;
- Structuring alternative compensation
- Union free strategies
- Responding to union organizing
- Certification applications
- Unfair labour practice applications
- Collective bargaining
- Picket line management and injunction applications
- Collective agreement interpretation
- Grievance and interest arbitrations
- Public sector restructuring governed by the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act
Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...
Miller Thomson ranked in 2018 edition of Chambers Global
Miller Thomson has once again been ranked among leading firms for Labour & Employment in the 2018 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Business Lawyers. Each year, Chambers & Partners conducts extensive research of legal markets around the world...
Miller Thomson doubles its labour and employment group in Montréal
Miller Thomson welcomes prominent Québec labour and employment lawyers Gary Rosen and Lawrence Witt, who join the firm as partners along with associates Philippe Larochelle, Marjolaine Lessard-Jean, and Silvia Ortan, doubling the size of our Labour & Employment group in Montréal....
Michelle MacGillivray named 2017 Lexpert Rising Star
We are proud to announce Michelle MacGillivray is one of Lexpert’s 2017 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. This prestigious honour celebrates the rising stars of Canada’s legal community. Finalists are selected on the basis of their legal accomplishments, business acumen, leadership, and community involvement. In...
Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018
Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...
Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...
Miller Thomson recognized in Chambers Global 2017
Miller Thomson’s national Labour & Employment group has been named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers and law firms. Chambers & Partners conducts extensive annual research of legal markets to identify the leading firms...
Miller Thomson receives top honours in 2017 Chambers Canada guide
Thirteen Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups are named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada. The guide ranks lawyers and law firms in over 40 specialist practice areas across Canada, based on client feedback, peer interviews and an assessment of...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Gerald Chipeur provides opinion before Senate Committee on constitutionality of Bill C-14
On June 6, 2016, Gerald Chipeur, QC was called to testify before the Senate Committee studying Bill C-14. The Globe and Mail reported that in his testimony he expressed the opinion that Bill C-14, a bill creating safeguards to protect...
Jeff Grubb to sit on panel at the CBA Labour and Employment Conference
Jeff Grubb will be a panelist on the “Mental Illness – the impact on the Workplace” panel during the CBA Labour and Employment Conference in Ottawa in November. This plenary session will explore mental illness and its impact on the...
Ashley Mitchell speaks on “Cannabis in the Workplace”
Ashley Mitchell gives a presentation at the Burnaby Board of Trade AGM on the upcoming legalization of cannabis and implications for employers.
Evan Campbell speaks about Marijuana and the Workplace
Evan Campbell speaks at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce on the topic of “The Buzz: Marijuana and the Workplace” on May 9, 2018.
Carol VandenHoek and Evan Campbell speak on “The Buzz: Marijuana and the Workplace”
Carol VandenHoek and Evan Campbell speak on: “The Buzz: Marijuana and the Workplace” at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
Kim Ozubko speaks at Benefits Canada event
Kim Ozubko speaks at Benefits Canada event on the topic of “A Pot Primer for Plan Sponsors.”
Kim Ozubko speaks on “Cybersecurity and Pensions and Benefits”
Kim Ozubko speaks on “Cybersecurity and Pensions and Benefits” at the CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference in Boston.
Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber speak at the HR Undefined Event on Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber present at the HR Undefined 2018 event put on by CPHR Alberta on Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace on April 11, 2018.
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston speak on Changes and Updates on the Recruitment, Hire and Retention of Foreign Workers
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present to the Human Resources Managers with the Petroleum Services Assocation of Canada (PSAC) on Changes and Updates on the Recruitment, Hire and Retention of Foreign Workers on March 13, 2018.
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present at HR conference
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present “”Alberta’s Ramping Back Up – What’s Changed in Business Immigration Since 2014” at the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR AB) Conference.
Inna Koldorf speaks at Employment Law Q&A session
Inna Koldorf is the featured guest at the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre’s “Employment Law Q&A Session for Employers”. Inna will be available at this informal drop-in session to answer questions on new amendments to the Employment Standards Act, minimum wage,...
Edmonton Occupational Health and Safety Seminar: What All Employers Need To Know
Tom Duke, Jill Wilkie and Dan Stachnik host a complementary breakfast seminar on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This seminar will focus on recent changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. Date: Tuesday, May 15,...
Calgary Occupational Health and Safety Seminar: What All Employers Need To Know
Laura Mensch, Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber host a complementary breakfast seminar on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This seminar will focus on recent changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. Date: Thursday, May 17,...
Marijuana Legalization in Canada: Employers, Are You Ready?
Miller Thomson is pleased to invite you to a breakfast seminar where our labour law lawyers, in collaboration with Jean-Marc Schanzenbach, Commanding Officer of the Montreal police service (SPVM), will provide practical advice for managing marijuana in the workplace. Please...
Webinar: Ending Employment Relationships – Recent Trends & Best Practices
This presentation is archived on our YouTube channel. As the saying goes, ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, and this is particularly true when the break-ups are between employers and employees. A few years ago, Canada’s highest court confirmed that...
Miller Thomson 2018 Montréal Construction Law Conference
Featuring: claims, blockchain, quantification of damages, insurance, AMF, tax, cannabis and more! Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for a daylong conference intended for all construction and real estate sector stakeholders and keep appraised of the most recent developments...
Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series
Miller Thomson invites you to join us for our complimentary popular Morning Recess webinar series Principals’ 201 Mental Health – When does a Mental Health Need become a Disability? This informative 45-minute webinar is the fifth in our 2017-2018 school year...
Navigating Global Skills Strategy Labour Mobility for Foreign Talent in IT and Tech in Canada
Miller Thomson’s national Immigration group is hosting a breakfast seminar to address immigration programs recently announced by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that will facilitate the recruitment and hiring of foreign talent...
Labour & Employment Seminar: Alberta’s Workplace Shake-up
Stephen Torscher, Cole Lefebvre and Teri Treiber host a complimentary breakfast seminar on the changes to the Alberta Labour Relations Code & Employment Standards Code on Tuesday, November 7th 2017. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m Breakfast and Registration 8:00...
Labour & Employment Seminar: Alberta’s Workplace Shake-up
Tom Duke, Liza Wold and Alisha Hurley host a complimentary breakfast seminar on the changes to the Alberta Labour Relations Code & Employment Standards Code on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m Breakfast and Registration 8:00...
Droit de l’emploi : Quoi faire lorsque vous devenez un employeur?
Votre entreprise connait une croissance exponentielle et vous songez embaucher? Vous avez mis des processus RH en place mais vous doutez de leur efficacité? Participez à ce « Lunch & Learn » d’une heure présenté à La Gare|Espace collaboratif et...
Suncor Saga Update: Suncor’s Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy will be Sent Back to Arbitration
In our last update on the ongoing legal saga between Suncor and Unifor, Local 707 (the “Union”), the majority of the Alberta Court of Appeal had upheld an injunction that prevents Suncor from carrying out random drug and alcohol testing...
Adoption of Bill no 176: An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance
On March 20, the Quebec Minister of Labour introduced Bill 176 (the “Bill”), amending the Act respecting Labour Standards (the “LSA”). The Bill proposed sweeping changes to the LSA. The Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly...
Ashley Mitchell comments in Burnaby Now article on legalization of cannabis and implications for employers
Burnaby Now, "Cannabis changes worry Burnaby employers"
Burnaby businesses have to be careful not to let the stigma of marijuana use affect how they treat employees once it’s legalized, according to Ashley Mitchell, a labour and employment lawyer with Miller Thomson.
Age Discrimination in Benefit Plans: Ontario
In a long-awaited Interim Decision issued on May 18, 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “HRTO”) found in favour of Wayne (Steve) Talos, an applicant who is over 65 years of age and who claimed that he had experienced...
Labour and Privacy Update
Teacher’s work refusal due to violence of five-year-old student upheld by Labour Board In Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers / Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association v. Toronto Catholic District School Board, 2017 CanLII 37597 (ON LRB), the Ontario Labour Relations Board...
Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act: Update
On April 26, 2018, Ontario passed Bill 3, An Act respecting transparency of pay in employment. The Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the “PTA”) received Royal Assent on May 7, 2018. As previously reported, the PTA, which comes into force on January 1, 2019, is intended to increase transparency in...
“Owners” of Forestry Licenses in British Columbia can receive Administrative Penalties, even if the Owner is not the Injured Worker’s Employer
May 18, 2018: the Supreme Court of Canada releases its decision in West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2018 SCC 22. Click here for the full text of the SCC’s decision. Introduction The Supreme Court...
Ontario Passes Fair Wage Legislation to Protect Certain Workers on Government Contracts
Introduction On May 8, 2018, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation allows Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for people working in construction, building cleaning, and security services jobs under...
Arbitrator Clarifies Application of New Personal Emergency Leave Provisions
Ontario employers have been anxiously awaiting guidance from adjudicators concerning the interpretation of the amendments of the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) introduced by Bill 148. In particular, many unionized employers have been concerned about the interaction of paid disability...
Workplace Impairment: The Latest for Employers on Recreational Cannabis Use
During our recent seminars, we commented on the legal issues arising from the use of cannabis in the workplace and offered strategies to assist employers to comply with their obligations to provide a safe workplace for their employees, while also...
GP Strategies acquires IC Axon
Canadian counsel to GP Strategies
TVA Group to acquire Serdy Média and Serdy Vidéo in $24 million transaction
Counsel to Serdy Média Inc. and Serdy Vidéo Inc.
Crown Holdings completes acquisition of Signode Industrial Group Holdings
Canadian counsel to Crown Holdings, Inc.
CanLII acquires Lexum
Counsel to CanLII
Nuera Transport and TexTrail combine to create fastest growing trailer parts distributor in North America
Counsel to Nuera Transport Inc.
Norcan Fluid Power acquires Hi-Tech Hydraulic
Counsel to Norcan Fluid Power Ltd.
FRONTSTEPS completes cross-border acquisition of Evercondo
Counsel to Evercondo
SGS Canada acquires BioVision Seed Research
Counsel to SGS Canada Inc.
ANGLE PLC acquires assets of Axela Inc.
Counsel to ANGLE PLC
Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution
Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.