SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS
Howard Employment Law (HEL) provides the full range of employment law services to employers covering the full life cycle of the employment relationship in all Canadian provinces including the following:
We recommend all employees sign employment agreements with shorter letter form agreements for non-executives and more formal agreements for executives. All agreements should define and limit employer severance obligations.
Employee Handbooks and Policies
We have assisted many employers in adapting handbooks from other jurisdictions and in conducting legal reviews of handbooks prepared by clients.
Employment Standards Compliance
We provide practical advice on how to ensure compliance with employment standards, including overtime, vacation pay and rights of employees returning from statutory leaves such as maternity leave. We have an unrivaled understanding of lesser-known ESA liabilities and how to avoid them.
We provide advice and strategies for managing employee disabilities, including the duty to accommodate, obtaining medical information on employee disability and when employers can terminate for prolonged/repeat absenteeism due to disability.
We advise employers on their options for dealing with employee misconduct and performance issues, including drafting warnings and other sanctions and undertaking investigations.
Bullying and Harassment
HEL helps employers implement bullying and harassment policies. We provide training on them and help to respond to complaints.
Planning for Terminations
We work with employers in advance of terminations to assess risks and liabilities and take steps to reduce them. We draft termination letters and severance offers for our employer clients. We advise on compliance with “mass lay-offs” regulations.
Defending and Resolving Severance and Other Post-Dismissal Claims
HEL represents employers in responding to the full range of post-termination claims from discrimination through severance. We have a sterling record of reaching early, cost-effective and realistic settlements.
Enforcing and Defending Post-Termination Competition Claims
We advise on the drafting and enforcement of non-compete and non-solicit covenants. We have extensive experience in court enforcing such covenants.
HEL advises employers on privacy policies, compliance, and complaints.