Toronto Employment & Labour Lawyers Helping Employers Comply with Their Workplace Obligations
At Mallins Law in Toronto, we help employers ensure their business is running successfully and efficiently through the effective management of their most valuable resource: their employees. As part of this, we regularly help our clients navigate the web of legislation they must comply with to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, ensure employee rights are protected, and ensure employment standards are in place.
Obligations of Employers
Employer obligations result from a complex network of applicable laws and regulations which outline employer responsibilities as well as the consequences of non-compliance.
For provincially regulated employers these include: the Employment Standards Act, the Human Rights Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act among others. For federally regulated employers these include: the Canada Labour Code and the Human Rights Act among others.
Whether they are federally or provincially regulated, employer obligations include the following:
- Having up-to-date and written policies and handbooks in place, including sexual harassment policies and health and safety policies;
- Providing training to employees on all written workplace policies;
- Investigating and responding to all complaints of workplace violence and harassment;
- Ensuring their workplace is compliant with disability accessibility requirements; and
- Minimum employment standards, including minimum wage, vacation time and pay, leave from work, and similar standards.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
The failure of an employer to comply with their various obligations can result in significant financial liability, lengthy litigation, and an erosion in employee happiness, morale, and productivity. All of this can have a serious impact on your business and its continued success.
How Can Mallins Law Help?
Ensuring compliance with these various pieces of legislation can be challenging, but with effective guidance and advice, you can ensure you are doing everything you should be as an employer.
At Mallins Law in Toronto, we provide our clients with the tools and information they need to maintain a successful, safe, and efficient workplace. We make sure every employer client who comes to us is armed with all the resources they need to proactively address and eliminate potential problems and issues and to minimize their risk. We regularly audit our clients for their compliance with various applicable pieces of legislation and ensure that their obligations are being met.
We can update and improve your existing employment agreements to ensure they are in line with new legislation and ever-changing case law. This includes adding protections for employers on termination with enforceable provisions as well as restrictive covenants such as non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions.
Proactive, Forward-Thinking Advice for Employers
At Mallins Law, we pride ourselves on our proactive and preventative approach to workplace relations. We provide ongoing risk management guidance to our employer clients so that they can stay ahead of any potential problems or issues. We work with each of our clients to understand their business and the unique workplace dynamics that exist within that business. We can help you ensure you have measures in place to foster a safe workplace and to create a shield against potential problems.
Contact Mallins Law in Toronto for Assistance with Legislative Compliance
If you are an employer and would like assistance and counsel about your obligations and responsibilities towards your employees, contact one of the experienced employment lawyers at Mallins Law in Toronto. We represent employers of all sizes and across all industries. Reach out to us online or at 647-792-0310 to schedule a consultation.