Understanding the Canada Labour Code
The Canada Labour Code, enacted by the Canadian Parliament, defines the rights and responsibilities of federally regulated employers and their employees. Some of these federally regulated industries and sectors include, but are not limited to:
- Airlines and airports
- Radio and television broadcasting
- Postal and courier services
- First Nations band councils
- Self-governing Indigenous communities
- And more
We have had the opportunity to serve employers of all distinctions over the years. We have helped valued organizations craft employee-centered Human Resources policies that take everything from compassionate care leave to vacation pay into account. We have aided employers in the drafting of job postings for vacant positions and acted as advocates in time of need.
Aligned with Your Values
You approach your line of work with the best of intentions—but it can be hard to carry out duties as intended without the correct information about labour rights and workplace practices. Thankfully, we are here to help you. Our firm works with you to ensure your workplace practices align with your values.
Easy to Schedule Consultations
We know that you want to strengthen your team’s understanding of federal labour laws. We also know that you only have so much time available in your week. With so many everyday obligations to focus on, it can be hard to sit down with labour law consultants like those at our firm.
We make the scheduling process for workshops, consultations, one-on-one meetings, and more as simple as can be. We will work with you to find a team for sessions that suit the schedules of you, your Human Resources department, your employees and all other interested parties.
Would you like to learn more about our services? Contact us at your leisure.
Federal Labour Law Made Simple
Federally regulated employers have an obligation to comply with the Canada Labour Code. This imposes specific obligations on federally governed Private Practice employers. Our firm can assist in ensuring that workplace/human resources policies comply with the mandatory minimum standards imposed by the Canada Labour Code, such as: overtime pay, vacation time, statutory holidays and various leaves (maternity leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, compassionate care leave, parental leave, etc.).
Our experienced staff can also facilitate the hiring process of new employees from the job posting, the interview questions, the letter of offer, etc. Furthermore, we can draft employment contracts/letters of offer tailored to the particular needs of the employer. Our firm also offers in person and online HR/Human Resources Training Courses for Upper Management, to educate federal private sector employers. It is a must to be aware of the legislation such as: the Canada Labour Code and Canadian Human Rights Act to avoid discriminatory hiring practices.
The firm of Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation (Lawyers) regularly assists federal private sector employers such as First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nations during the discipline or dismissal process by ensuring progressive discipline measures are properly followed, and by drafting discipline or dismissal letters as required. We have the experience necessary to inform employers on issues such as: determining if just cause can be established, the risk of terminating an employee without just cause, the risk of having to rehire a terminated employee under the Canada Labour Code and the negotiation of the termination/severance pay commonly referred to as the severance package.
Federal private sector employers are any employers that are typically doing business across boarders such as:
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nations and their umbrella organizations such as an Education Authority, a Health Authority, a Power Corporation
- Airline Companies
- Bus/ Transport Companies that travel outside the province
- Shipping businesses
- Banks, etc.
Services Offered to both Federally and Provincially Governed Employers
We draft various types of Employment Contracts such as:
- Fixed term contracts
- Indefinite contracts
- Executive Contracts
We also draft and revise Employment/Human Resources Policy manuals:
- To meet the minimum requirements of either the provincial and federal legislation
- Tailor the Employment/Human Resources policies to your specific organization
We regularly draft on behalf of employers:
- Discipline letters
- Termination letters
We also provide guidance with all Human Resources type of disputes.
Our firm also provides guidance of the type workplace investigation you should consider:
- Conduct the workplace investigation yourself
- Conduct an external workplace investigation when:
- The complaint is highly sensitive
- There is a hint of conflict of interest
- The dispute involves more senior individuals in the organization
- The allegations are particularly serious
- The dispute involves complicated legal or technical issues
- When a workplace investigation is conducted by a lawyer the solicitor client privilege is retained which protects the Employer if made in anticipation of litigation
We offer in person and online education to Employers through workshops and HR/Human Resources Courses/Training and seminars. For more information visit our SDLaw e-Learning & Training Centre and upcoming events in our SDLaw calendar.
Speak with Our Law Firm Today
As a federal employer, you have a responsibility to your employees to adhere to the Canada Labour Code at all times. Abiding by the rules and regulations set forth by the federal government does not have to be difficult, though. All it takes is a strong Human Resources team and a firm understanding of Canadian labour laws. Let us be the ones to help you. Schedule your in-depth labour law consultation by calling (705) 268-6492 at your convenience.
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