Labour & Employment

Managing human resources is one of the most challenging aspects of operating a business, not-for-profit or charity.  The ever increasing costs of wages, benefits, accommodation, workplace safety and insurance board premiums are particularly taxing for organizations that rely on fundraising and/or government funding.  PooranLaw represents not-for-profits and charities in all aspects of human resources law and has the sector specific experience and knowledge to understand the complex, competing needs of maintaining a committed and dedicated workforce and achieving your organization mission and objectives.  We represent clients in all aspects of human resources law, including: 


Employment law and strategy

  • Employment contracts –  We prepare employment offer letters that clearly communicate employment expectations and limit liability in case things don’t work out.
  • Performance management – We assist with proactive workplace relations management, from investigating misconduct to dealing with workplace violence and imposing disciplinary action.
  • Disability management – We develop wellness and attendance management programs and advise on  accommodation and disability management in the workplace.
  • Employment policies and practices – We develop employment strategy, policies and practices.
  • Employment standards – We advise on legal obligations and provide representation in employment standards proceedings.
  • Wrongful dismissal – We provide representation in the civil litigation process to quickly dispatch wrongful dismissal claims.

Labour Relations

  • Collective bargaining – We develop and advise on negotiation strategies, draft proposals and negotiate on behalf of our clients to achieve economically viable and timely settlements.
  • Grievance Arbitration and Labour Board Litigation – We regularly appear before arbitrators and tribunals and, where necessary, provide advice on labour dispute preparation and act as counsel on applications for injunctive relief and judicial review.
  • Legislative compliance – We provide quick and expert advice on compliance with legislation that impacts your workplace, including labour relations, human rights, employment standards, pay equity, pensions and benefits, and workplace health and safety.

Human Rights & Accessibility

      • We assist you in developing and reviewing your policies and procedures for conformity with human rights and accessibility legislation and compliance with accommodation requirements;
      • We provide training for managers and employees with respect to discrimination, harassment, accessibility and their obligations under the law;
      • We conduct or advise in conducting internal investigations;
      • We representing clients during human rights investigations and in complaints to the human rights tribunals;
      • We prepare policies, conduct training and otherwise assure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance.

Occupational Health & Safety

      • We provide advise to enable compliance with occupational health and safety regulations and we provide representation with respect to compliance, stop orders and charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Workplace Safety & Insurance

      • We provide general advise with respect to WSIB matters;
      • We assess your liabilities in the areas of return to work obligations, the duty to accommodate, labour market re-entry and entitlement to benefits; and
      • We assist with audits and investigations by government bodies, and provide representation in prosecutions or appeals.