The National Employment & Labour Group at Stikeman Elliott advises employers on all facets of the individual and collective employment relationship, both at the provincial and federal level. The members of the group are located at our offices in Montréal (Quebec), Toronto (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia). All members of the group have wide-ranging employment and labour law experience, and each has developed specific expertise in particular niche areas. This approach ensures that we can provide advice in a timely, cost-effective and efficient manner by calling upon appropriate, targeted resources.

The group is a full-service practice area within the firm. In particular, the group delivers its services on a continuing basis to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters including occupational health and safety, collective bargaining, employee privacy, human rights issues, legislative advice, and drafting of all relevant contracts. We also have a National Pension and Benefits Practice Group which assists clients in the sophisticated and complex environment in which pension and employee benefit programs operate today.

As part of our commitment to assist corporate leaders to establish and refine positive management and employee practices, we regularly provide in-house seminars and develop publications that address topical and timely employment issues. For foreign clients looking to invest in Canada, we have produced a Canadian Employment, Labour and Pension Law FAQ, outlining significant issues that companies should consider when entering the Canadian market.

Employment Law Services

Members of the group regularly appear as counsel for employers in the courts and before various employment and labour-related administrative tribunals both under federal and provincial legislation. We are also regularly involved in the employment and labour-related aspects of commercial transactions, including those arising from new business ventures, and in strategic employment and human resource planning.

Labour Law Services

In the field of labour relations, we focus exclusively on representing management. We have expertise in negotiating collective agreements in the context of both federally and provincially-regulated businesses, including experience in Quebec, where we have a leading employment and labour practice. We have also advised numerous clients whose workforce is subject to an organizing campaign. We can advise clients on strategic, but compliant responses to such campaigns, including compliance training for managers.

“We get excellent advice and support. They understand our business and leaders, so can provide excellent legal advice that is also relevant to our corporate culture.”

“Excellent performance: deep and broad knowledge and experience, with the capacity to translate legal requirements into easy-to-understand concepts. Their understanding of business realities allows them to assist us in coming up with approaches based on our context.”

Client Comments, 2017