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,”...
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”
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.
A.M. Pension – 2018: Year in Review Webinar
Miller Thomson invites you to a complimentary presentation of A.M. Pension on December 4, 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...
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...
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, 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 released the results of...
Inna Koldorf is interviewed on the legalities of hiring workers in Canada
For growing businesses, Canada presents some attractive prospects and plenty of potential opportunities. But, while there are similarities in employment law between the US and Canada, it’s important to be able to navigate the differences compliantly to avoid penalties. PGC’s...
Ontario Government Moves to Roll Back Bill 148 with the Making Ontario Open for Business Act
On October 23, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that it will seek to pass the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, legislation designed to roll back many of the changes made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and to...
Legal Cannabis is Here but my Policies are Out of Date. Am I too Late?
After months of anticipation, this morning, Canadians awoke to legal cannabis. Have your workplace policies been updated to reflect this new legal reality? Each province and territory has enacted legislation providing for a variety of models for retail and distribution,...
Pension Plans and Governance Audits
In an earlier blog post, we discussed some of the risks to sponsors and administrators of registered pension plans. In this post, we discuss governance audits, a risk management strategy that plan sponsors and administrators can adopt. What is a...
Sexual Harassment and Intimidation at Work are “Not Connected to Employment”, Court Finds
In a decision that employers should find troubling, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently noted that sexual harassment, intimidation and other “improper conduct” at work are not connected to employment and are therefore not covered by a full and...
New Québec Restrictions on Amendments to Pension and Benefit Plans
As discussed in our last A.M. Pension webinar, the province of Québec recently enacted legislation that impacts the ability of a pension and benefit plan sponsor to amend its pension and benefit plans with respect to Québec employees. Bill 176...
Consider the Addition of Arbitration Clauses to Employment Agreements
In our June 6, 2018 blog post we discussed the case of Lewis v. Westjet Airlines Ltd. and concerns around workplace harassment and discrimination claims being advanced through class action litigation. Obviously the cost and scale of damages for employers,...
Pension Plans: Risk Management – Part II
In our most recent blog post, we discussed some of the risks for directors, officers and other stakeholders in the administration of a registered pension plan. In this blog post, we focus on the risks to sponsors and administrators of...
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, the largest owner and leading consolidator of open deck specialized transportation solutions in North America.
Charter Oak Equity, LP, and co-investor acquire Licaplast Industries – Emballages Inc.
Counsel to Charter Oak Equity, LP.
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
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.