Employment Law Services
Lecker & Associates – Employment Lawyers Toronto Office
The last 45 years have seen relentless reform in employment law for non-unionized workers in Canada. However, the last decade has also witnessed a rise in precarious employment. Seemingly, our progressive laws have done little to curtail the daily stream of complaints we hear. Our employment lawyers Toronto office exclusively represent employees. With over 35 years of experience in this area of law, we have the knowledge, experience and ability to handle almost any type of case.
Here are some of the employment law services we provide:
Your employer can let you go for any number of reasons. They can do so “with cause” for misconduct or “without cause” due to an economic downturn. In the latter case, our law requires that they provide you with adequate notice when they make this decision. In lieu of notice, your employer can also offer you equivalent severance pay. A wrongful dismissal case is usually about whether the notice or severance was fair for your circumstances.
A constructive dismissal occurs if you quit your job because of a toxic work environment. The situation was so bad that you could no longer continue. This is one of the most emotionally charged areas of employment law. It is a window into corporate culture at its worst. In over 30 years of practice exclusively representing employees, we have seen it all. Countless employment relationships degenerating to the lowest common denominator.
Nobody understands just how precarious job security can feel more than a woman who is pregnant and contemplating maternity leave. Consequently, legislators passed laws specially to protect her from the time she announces her pregnancy or is suspected of it. Furthermore, our laws also grace both parents with time and space away from work to care for and bond with a newly arrived infant.
Workplace harassment is illegal in Ontario. We introduced legislation specifically to address and eradicate it in 2009. You have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace. When left unchecked, workplace harassment can escalate to violence. It can causemental or physical health problems and lead to staff absences. At its peak, it can result in a toxic workplace and constructive dismissal.
It well understood that in tough economic times, it is the employer and not the employee, who carries the higher financial risk. They must do everything they can to ride out the tide without job layoffs. Sometimes however, businesses have valid temporary reasons for reducing payroll. In these circumstances, joblayoffs provide employers with some maneuvering flexibility to reasonably manage unnecessary expenses.
Does your employer offer group benefits to cover you for short term disability and long term disability claims? Most people never need them however it is great to know you will be covered should you need to take time off to recover from an illness or injury. However, most employees face difficulties when they apply for these benefits. If you have been denied your disability benefits by your employer or the insurance company, then you need legal intervention right away. This is an area of employment law that we specialize in.