Hiring employees, with or without a written agreement, creates an employment contract.  As with all contracts, a good contract clearly defines the rights and obligations of the parties.

Employment is basically a contract which is complicated by specific legislation such as the Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  This legislation deals with matters such as vacation pay and establishes minimum standards for how employees are to be treated (such as when being dismissed).  It is important that the minimum legal standards are met.  Failure to do so can result in involvement of the Labour Board or other government bodies.

We can assist you in drafting employment contracts.

We can assist you in determining the appropriate amount of notice to provide an employee being terminated and whether "working notice" or "pay in lieu of notice" should be provided.

We can assist in defending complaints and wrongful dismissal litigation.