Employment Law for Provincially governed Employers - (705) 268-6492


The Employment Standard Act 2000 (ESA 2000) sets out the minimum standards that a provincially governed Employer must comply with. The obligations under the ESA 2000 are different than under the Canada Labour Code (which is the statute that governs federally governed employers). Under the ESA 2000 employers must insure to abide by the proper standards, such as those pertaining to overtime pay, statutory holidays and leave obligations (maternity leave, parental leave, sick leave, emergency leave).

Our firm can assist Employers in maintaining a safe and productive workplace by drafting or amending workplace/Human Resources policies that address the specific needs of an Employer all while conforming to the ESA 2000 of Ontario, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and other applicable legislations.

Employers can be assured that their interests will be protected during the hiring, discipline and termination process. Our firm will mediate Employer/Employee disputes and conduct confidential workplace investigations that are protected by Solicitor/Client privilege. We also offer seminars and HR/Human Resources Courses/Training to educate Upper Management on various employment related issues.


We draft various types of Employment Contracts such as:

  • Fixed term contracts;
  • Indefinite contracts; and
  • Executive Contracts.

We also draft and revise Employment/Human Resources Policy manuals:

  • To meet the minimum requirements of both the provincial and federal legislation;
  • Tailor the Employment/Human Resources policies to your specific organization.

We also regularly draft on behalf of employers:

  • Discipline letters; and
  • Termination letters.

We also provide guidance with all Human Resources type of disputes.

We also provide guidance of the type workplace investigation you should consider:

  • Conduct the workplace investigation yourself ; or
  • Sometimes the assistance of an investigator from the outside to conduct the investigation is preferable particularly if we are dealing with senior management employees.
  • 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.
  • Lastly, we offer education to Employers through workshops and HR/Human Resources Courses/ Training and seminars