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 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,”...
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...
Damien Buntsman speaks at OBA Labour and Employment Program
Damien Buntsman 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”
Kim Ozubko speaks at the Canadian Benefits Plans program on the topic of “International Transfers”
Kim Ozubko speaks at the Certificate in Canadian Benefits Plans program on October 3, 2018 on the topic of “International Transfers”. The program will be hosted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans at the Fairmont Royal York in...
Kim Ozubko speaks at the Canadian Pensions Certificate Program
Kim Ozubko speaks at the Canadian Pensions Certificate Program hosted by the Human Resources Professionals Association on October 30, 2018 in Toronto
Kim Ozubko speaks at the CPBI 2018 Ontario Regional Conference
Kim Ozubko speaks at the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute 2018 Ontario Regional Conference on the topic of “Government Legislation Update – How do these policy changes impact your benefit program?” in Ottawa on October 18, 2018.
Amy Groothuis and Jon Danyliw present on “Hiring, Disciplining & Terminating Employees”
Our Labour & Employment lawyers are speakers for Square One’s Business Growth Tools Luncheon on “Hiring, Disciplining & Terminating Employees”. Amy Groothuis presents the Regina session and Jon Danyliw is the presenter in Saskatoon. More information here: Regina | Saskatoon
Nadya Tymochenko and Gillian Tuck Kutarna present at the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) annual conference
Nadya Tymochenko and Gillian Tuck Kutarna present at the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) annual conference in Ottawa on Friday, July 6, providing a summary of key concepts from the new book “An Educator’s Guide to Internet and...
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...
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...
Independent Contractors Take Another Step Closer to Employees
A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal has brought the worlds of independent contractors and employees closer together. In Mohamed v. Information Systems Architects Inc., the defendant Information Systems Architects Inc. (“ISA”) hired Mr. Mohamed as an independent...
Kim Ozubko comments in Benefits Canada article on division of pensions for common-law couples upon separation
Benefits Canada, "Alberta common-law couples can now divide pensions upon separation"
Until recently, Alberta common-law couples that were splitting up couldn’t divide their pension assets, even if both parties wanted to. This changed in April 2018, after the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta heard Lubianesky v. Gazdag. It determined the provision of...
Recreational Cannabis in the Workplace – Lessons from Workplace Impairment Cases
Under current legislation, the production, possession and trafficking of marijuana is prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C. 1996, c. 19, subject to certain exemptions such as medical marijuana. Federal Bill C-45 (also known as the Cannabis Act)...
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...
DISA Global Solutions acquires Permax Permit Service Ltd.
Counsel to DISA Global Solutions
DISA Global Solutions acquires 730 Permit Services Inc.
Counsel to DISA Global Solutions
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.