Employment & Labour

The Employment & Labour Group at Stikeman Elliott brings a business-focused approach to the advice we provide employers on all facets of the individual and collective employment relationship, both at the provincial and federal level. With a team that includes lawyers in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, Stikeman Elliott provides integrated advisory, litigation and transactional capability across the country.

The Group is a full-service practice area within the firm, delivering advice to employers on a wide range of employment and labour mandates, including all matters of employment and labour disputes, on-going compliance and advisory matters as well as complex transactions. Members of the Employment & Labour Group also work closely with the Pensions & Benefits team to deliver bespoke legal solutions on increasingly sophisticated and complex pension executive compensation matters. This integrated capability ensures that clients receive advice in a timely, cost-effective and efficient manner by calling upon appropriate, targeted resources.

Stikeman Elliott lawyers work proactively with unionized and non-unionized employers to help them structure and manage the human resource aspects of their organizations. Members of the Employment & Labour Group help clients analyze and mitigate their risks with an eye toward business expediency and cost-effectiveness. We provide cutting edge knowledge on emerging legal issues and best practices through our blog, publications and complimentary training.

Our Expertise

  • Business immigration
  • Collective bargaining
  • Compliance with employment statutes
  • Confidentiality and intellectual property
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Discipline and termination of employment
  • Drug testing
  • Employee relations program
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment-related class actions
  • French language requirements
  • HR policies
  • Human rights claims
  • Industrial conflicts
  • Labour arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Labour relations
  • Management and employee training
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Pay equity
  • Privacy and data protection (access to information)
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Successor-employer proceedings
  • Termination, layoffs, severance practices and arrangements
  • Transaction advice
  • Unfair labour practices
  • Union organizing, certification and decertification
  • Worker’s compensation assessments
  • Wrongful dismissal claims
  • Chambers Canada 2020 for Employment & Labour
  • Chambers Global 2018 for Employment & Labour - Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Employment & Labour
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Dispute Resolution
  • Canada M&A Law Firm of the Year and Canada M&A Deal of the Year – 2019 Americas M&A Atlas Awards
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