Labour Relations

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Labour Relations

We represent employers in their relationships with trade unions and assist employers in responding to trade union applications to become the exclusive bargaining representative for employees.

The receipt of a union application to certify a workplace can be confusing and stressful for employers to manage. The Ontario Labour Relations Act imposes very tight timeframes for responding to an Application for Certification which, in most cases, cannot be extended.  The Act also poses stringent obligations concerning employer-employee relations following an Application for Certification. Our lawyers help demystify the process for employers, respond to the Application in a timely way and provide the best opportunity to defeat the application.

We assist employers in bargaining collective agreements with trade unions by serving as the employer’s bargaining spokesperson.

We provide cost effective and expert representation to employers in grievance arbitrations concerning alleged violations of a collective agreement.  Where appropriate, we will seek cost effective resolutions of grievances to avoid costly arbitration proceedings.

"The biggest mistake employers make when dealing with an employee application to have a union represent employees is failing to engage legal counsel as soon as the application is received. Deadlines for responding to the application are tight and unforgiving. A missed deadline often means that the employer will have no right to participate in the certification process. Unaware of anti-discrimination laws concerning unionization efforts, employers can create liability for themselves. Experienced labour relations counsel, providing proactive and privileged legal advice, is certain to add value and minimize issues relating to unionization."

– Rishi Bandhu

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Contact Us

2650 Bristol Circle, Unit 200
Oakville, ON  L6H 6Z7

Phone : (289) 815-4524
Fax : (289) 815-4525
 



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