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
Nafisah Chowdhury named 2018 Lexpert Rising Star
We are pleased to announce Nafisah Chowdhury has been named one of the 2018 Lexpert Rising Stars. Rising Stars annually honours the outstanding young lawyers across Canada at the top of their profession, selected on the basis of their legal...
Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2019
Miller Thomson earned a top “Band 1” ranking for two practice areas in the 2019 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded as being “leaders in the charitable sector,” and praised for their ability to “help find solutions in complex situations.” Our Agribusiness group...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
Miller Thomson continues strategic growth
Miller Thomson recognizes that the complexities of today’s business landscape increasingly call for legal solutions that span multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. With a continued focus on building our national platform, we are pleased to welcome the following lawyers who have...
Labour & Employment group selected as Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice winner
Miller Thomson has been named one of the 2018 Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choices for ‘Best Employment and Labour Law – Full Service Firms’. Canadian HR Reporter magazine has served as Canada’s guide to human resources management for over 30...
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,”...
Inna Koldorf presents seminar on investigating workplace harassment
Inna Koldorf gives a presentation on “Obligations to Investigate Harassment at Work” for HR Insider.
David Tsai speaks at the FACL 12th Annual Conference and Gala
David Tsai speaks at the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ 12th Annual Conference and Gala on a panel covering “Top Employment and Labour Law Issues in 2018 and What’s Ahead for 2019”.
Inna Koldorf speaks at the “A Review of Making Ontario Open for Business Act” seminar
On January 29th, Inna Koldorf speaks at Vaughan City Hall for a seminar on “A Review of Making Ontario Open for Business Act”.
Damien Buntsma speaks at the Labour & Employment Law Breakfast Series
Damien Buntsma speaks at the Labour & Employment Law Breakfast Series on pre-litigation negotiation and shares his insight on optimizing negotiation tactics from the start of a file on September 28, 2018 in Toronto.
Kim Ozubko co-chairs the OBA Pensions & Benefits Law / Taxation Law Program
Kim Ozubko co-chairs the “Pensions & Tax Update: Executive Compensation and Registered Plans” program, part of the Ontario Bar Association’s Professional Development series on November 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Damien Buntsma speaks at OBA Labour and Employment Program
Damien Buntsma speaks at the “Pre-Litigation Negotiation” program, part of the OBA Labour and Employment seminar series.
Gerald Chipeur speaks at the Human Resources Management for Indigenous Organizations Conference
Gerald Chipeur speaks at the Human Resources Management for Indigenous Organizations Conference on the topic of Principles of Termination and Constructive Dismissal.
Thomas Duke Speaks at Thomson Reuters “Workplace Law Reform in the Gig Economy”
Thomas Duke speaks at Thomson Reuters “Workplace Law Reform in the Gig Economy” on changes to the Labour Relations code on November 14, 2018. Register for the in-class course or webinar here.
Pat Forte speaks to Insurance Institute Hamilton Chapter
Pat Forte will be speaking at the Insurance Institute Ontario Hamilton Chapter’s half day interactive presentation on the topic of “Fundamentals of Employment Law for Team Leads, Supervisors and Managers”. This presentation is designed to provide a practical understanding of...
Sandra Gogal chairs “The 2018 Legal and Practical Guide to Consultation with Indigenous Peoples”
Sandra Gogal is the faculty chair at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development program on the topic of “Legal and Practical Guide to Consultation with Indigenous Peoples”
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Embaucher les plus de 60 ans : une solution à la pénurie de main-d’œuvre
NOUVELLE DATE Miller Thomson a le plaisir de vous inviter à un petit-déjeuner conférence portant sur l’embauche des plus de 60 ans, ainsi que sur les aspects légaux et fiscaux connexes. Cette présentation sera donnée, le mardi 19 mars 2019,...
Calgary Labour & Employment Night at the Glenbow
Join Miller Thomson’s Alberta Labour & Employment team for an interactive evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres and presentations while taking in the galleries at the Glenbow. Seminar topics include: Employee Fraud Mental Health Issues in the Workplace Human Rights 101...
A.M. Pension – 2018: Year in Review Webinar
Miller Thomson invites you to a complimentary presentation of A.M. Pension on December 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., entitled “2018: Year in Review“, presented by Kim Ozubko. 2018 was another busy year in the area of pensions and benefits law....
A.M. Pension – 2nd Annual Back to School Webinar
Miller Thomson invites you to a complimentary presentation of A.M. Pension on September 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., entitled “A.M. Pension – 2nd Annual Back to School Webinar“, presented by Kim Ozubko. The pensions and benefits landscape in Canada continues...
Edmonton Occupational Health and Safety Seminar: What All Employers Need To Know
Tom Duke, Jill Wilkie and Dan Stachnik host a complimentary 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 complimentary 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...
Pensions and Benefits: 2019 Update
Welcome to the first A.M. Pension blog post of 2019. In this post, we highlight some of the key legislative and regulatory developments in the area of pensions and benefits law in January 2019. Federal: Canada Pension Plan Effective January...
Workplace Harassment Policies – Did You Know it’s the Law?
Workplace policies provide guidance and direction to employees on topics such as vacation accrual and time off, internet and email usage, and scheduling overtime. While not mandatory, these types of workplace policies ensure uniformity and consistency in decision-making and operational...
Inna Koldorf quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily article on harassment in the workplace
The Lawyer's Daily, "Engage employees on hot button policy issues, labour and employment panel says"
Labour and employment concerns can run the gamut, from cannabis and harassment in the workplace, to culture, compliance and employee suicide. Perspectives on how to handle these hot button topics were shared by a panel of in-house and external counsel...
Pensions and Benefits Part 2: Key Case-Law Developments in Canada
As discussed at our last A.M. Pension Webinar on December 11, 2018, there have been a number of significant legislative and case-law developments in the area of pensions and benefits law in 2018. In Part I of a two-part blog...
Ontario Update: Bill 57 delays the Pay Transparency Act and Bill 66 proposes changes to the Hours of Work and Overtime Rules
On December 6, 2018, Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 (“Bill 57”) received Royal Assent. Bill 57 postpones the coming into force of the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 from January 1, 2019 to a date to be...
Seasonal Gifts & Entertainment: Avoiding ethical, reputational and legal pitfalls
This time of year is when we typically reach out to our customers, suppliers and employees to show appreciation and celebrate the season and end of year. Businesses foster relationships and build trust by interacting with their network, an important part...
Pensions and Benefits Part 1: Key Legislative Developments in Ontario and the Federal Jurisdiction
There have been a number of significant legislative and case-law developments in the area of pensions and benefits law in 2018. In Part I of a two-part blog post, we highlight some of the key legislative developments in Ontario and...
Ontario is Open For Business: Bill 47 Receives Royal Assent
On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, received Royal Assent. The legislation is designed to repeal many of the amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 introduced...
Bill C-86 – Major Changes Proposed to Federal Labour and Employment Legislation
Introduction Employers should be aware of proposed changes which would provide federally regulated employees with new entitlements and corresponding employer obligations relating to leaves, hours of work, pay equity, vacation, termination of employment, reimbursement of work-related expenses, information related to...
FSCO Targeted Reviews – An Update
As we discussed in our April post entitled “FSCO Targeted Reviews,” in late 2017, the Ontario pension regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO”), announced that it was undertaking a series of “targeted reviews” of selected pension plans. FSCO recently...
Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan rules in favour of employee (2018 SKQB 223)
Counsel to the plaintiff
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Foundation sell Lynde Creek Retirement Community for $34.5 million
Counsel to Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Foundation, as well as the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Housing Corporation
Allcard Ltd. to purchase the Canadian subsidiary of CPI Card Group Inc.
Counsel to Allcard Ltd.
Global Private Investment Firm acquires one of Canada’s preeminent consumer electronics distributors
Counsel to a global private investment firm
Daseke acquires Aveda Transportation and Energy Services in $42.6 million transaction, plus payoff of $54.8 million in Aveda debt
Canadian counsel to Daseke
Charter Oak Equity, LP, and co-investor acquire Licaplast Industries – Emballages Inc.
Counsel to Charter Oak Equity, LP.
Bonterra Resources Inc. closes transaction with Metanor Resources in $78 million acquisition
Counsel to Bonterra Resources Inc.
Sterling Concrete & Hauling LP acquires assets of Sterling Concrete & Hauling Ltd. and R.G. Sterling & Son (Concrete) Ltd.
Counsel to Sterling Concrete & Hauling LP
DISA Global Solutions acquires Permax Permit Service Ltd. and 730 Permit Services Inc.
Counsel to DISA Global Solutions
GP Strategies acquires IC Axon
Canadian counsel to GP Strategies