Ontario employment lawyer, Maureen Currie, has been practicing law since 1988. Her firm, Currie Law has assisted in resolving countless issues surrounding the employment relationship.
We advise both employers and employees on all facets of the employment relationship.
We offer specialized advice in employment law, including contract negotiation, wrongful and constructive dismissal, disciplinary measures, human rights, harassment and Employment Standards issues. We provide assistance both in negotiating individual employment contracts and severance contracts.
It is in your interests to avoid costly litigation. We can help you avoid this. But where it is impossible to negotiate an amicable resolution to a matter, we have the experience to represent you and take pride in our record of successful advocacy before arbitrators, tribunals and Courts.
Given the amount of time that you spend on a daily basis at your job building a career, a problem at work or a disruption in that relationship can be extremely stressful. You may be fearful, angry or confused about how to deal with it. We have years of experience in resolving employment issues in a reasonable and peaceful manner.
We recognize that a termination of employment can feel very much like a divorce. It affects you not only financially – but also emotionally. Our philosophy is to do everything we can to resolve your issues quickly. It is always in your interest to get the severance you are entitled to - without litigation. The vast majority of our employment cases are settled amicably and quickly – without the need to go to Court. Our philosophy is that litigation should be only used as a last resort. We do everything possible to try and achieve a peaceful and fair resolution as quickly as possible – in order to allow you to close that chapter and get on with your life.
But where it is necessary to resolve the matter in Court, we have 27 years of Courtroom experience in ground breaking cases to represent your interests. Maureen Currie is regularly called upon to teach advocacy to other lawyers.
Currie Law has extensive experience in Canadian employment law, including claims for:
- wrongful dismissal
- unfair dismissal
- constructive dismissal (unfair demotion or change in working conditions, including pay reductions)
- bad faith discharge
and has been instrumental in negotiating reasonable and favourable severance packages and employment contracts.
Our firm has represented clients whose wrongful dismissal has been by way of:
- termination of employment with compensation being only that set out in the Employment Standards Act. Employees are often entitled to considerably more than the amounts set out in the Ontario Employment Standards Act
- termination for cause where an employee's actions did not warrant ending the employment relationship
- changing the working conditions or job description such that it amounts to constructive dismissal
- termination where the employer has not followed proper procedures in ending an employee’s employment
- harassment and mental distress claims arising out of the workplace environment
If you have been fired or laid off, or are about to be, we can help determine if you are entitled to compensation for wrongful dismissal and help you with the steps to recover it.
We can review your severance package to determine if it is fair and reasonable. If you have been fired or dismissed from your job, you may have several important questions, such as:
- can your employer fire you?
- were you entitled to prior notice that you were going to be dismissed?
- can you get more severance pay than they are offering?
- can you get that money without going to Court
- what are your obligations following severance to your former employer
We can help answer those questions.
You should know that the Employment Standards Act protects employees who lose their job. You should remember that you may have three separate entitlements;
- Your rights under the Ontario Employment Standards Act;
- Your rights under the contract of employment. Your contract rights may be greater than your rights under the Employment Standards Act – even if you don’t have a written contract. But regardless, your contract rights cannot provide a lesser benefit than the Employment Standards Act;
- Your rights under the common law
Our firm has represented Companies and assisted Human Resource professionals in addressing the multitude of employment issues that arise in business.Companies often seek our help to determine how to handle a difficult situation. They may be struggling with doing what is right for their workplace or they may find themselves in a situation of unwanted litigation due to past actions. At Currie Law we can help guide you, behind the scene, in decisions or represent you in litigation.
Be aware of how to:
- properly discipline an employee
- determine if the threshold of just cause has been met. In that regard an important case was released recently demonstrating just how high the hurdle of “just cause” can be
- document human resources files to protect company interests in the event that a termination is necessary
- prepare and execute an employment contract
- properly prepare severance packages that are reasonable and would be acceptable to a Court should it be challenged
- address harassment issues in a proper manner
- deal with the continually absent employee
- negotiate and defend, if necessary a claim for wrongful dismissal
For a consultation with an employment lawyer please call 905-847-2826.