Employees who are terminated from their employment are often concerned about potential financial difficulty arising from the termination, while at the same time trying to determine whether they have received a severance package that complies with the relevant laws.
Employees who have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace are often unsure of their rights and legal options available to them.
If you have experienced workplace bullying, harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination or any other matter that has affected your career and livelihood, you need a lawyer who knows your rights and can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF) has a skilled group of employment lawyers who can handle your employment case, including matters related to the following:
Because we act on behalf of both employers and employees, we can better anticipate the arguments of opposing parties, making us the ideal advocates for employees who are having issues with a current or former employer.
In certain cases, DSF offers a deferred fee arrangement, which allows the client to delay payment of fees incurred during litigation until the matter settles or is otherwise concluded.
Employment law includes legal matters, such as employee terminations, employee contracts and labour law. Layoffs and terminations can be a potential minefield for many employers. Timely advice from our employment lawyers can help you to manage the process, avoid many of the pitfalls that await the unwary, and minimize the cost of staff reductions.
Beyond terminations, we can help you with all of your Human Resources questions such as: overtime, vacations and leave, employees who require accommodations due to illness or disability, discrimination and human rights, retirement, pensions, workplace safety, and issues related to drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. We can also help you develop a set of legal documents for you to use in your business such as: employment contracts, policy handbooks (including workplace harassment and violence policies) and other agreements.
We can help you navigate the Employment Standards Act, 2000 the Canada Labour Code, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
We can conduct independent investigations of employee complaints related to bullying, harassment, discrimination, etc.
Obligations of employees to an employer such as: duty of confidentiality, fiduciary duty, duty of good faith, non-competition, and non-solicitation, are complicated and can result in significant losses to the company if not enforced properly. We can help you understand these obligations.
Most employment litigation is based on the legal concept that there is a contract between the employer and the employee, even though very often its terms are not spelled out. Concepts such as “severance package”, “wrongful dismissal” and “constructive dismissal” all derive from the contractual nature of the employment relationship. These relationships are two-way, however, and departing employees also have continuing obligations to their former employers.
Our employment lawyers can assist you in navigating the complexities of workplace legal matters and our high calibre services achieve favourable results for our clients.
For additional information on finding an employment lawyer, Toronto and GTA clients should refer to our database of Employment Law videos featuring advice and tips to help you better understand your legal rights and the legal process.
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