Labour and Employment
Legal Services

O’Neill Associates is the only law firm in Northwestern Ontario practising exclusively in labour and employment law. We bring to the table a deep understanding of the realities of working in Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario, and decades of experience.

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Employment Law

  • advice regarding compliance with governing workplace legislation and standards (both federal and provincial)
  • preparation and negotiation of employment contracts
  • drafting and design of workplace policies
  • advice regarding workplace disciplinary matters

Termination and Wrongful Dismissal

  • advice regarding “just cause” and options on termination of employment
  • representation before the courts in constructive and wrongful dismissal claims
  • negotiation and settlement of wrongful dismissal and related claims

Labour Relations

  • advice and representation during the grievance procedure and at grievance arbitration hearings
  • advice and representation during collective bargaining
  • advice and representation during discipline and termination of employment
  • representation in all matters of Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings including unfair labour practices, bad faith bargaining, certification, and decertification

Human Rights

  • advice in relation to discrimination and sexual harassment claims
  • assistance with modified work plans, accommodation and undue hardship issues
  • representation in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commission

Workplace Accidents and the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)

  • advice and representation during Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) matters
  • advice regarding issues arising under health and safety laws
  • assistance in relation to claims of workplace harassment and bullying

Planning and Counsel

  • guidance through all manner of reorganization, from layoffs and downsizing to sale of a business, restructuring and hiring decisions
  • presentation of practical seminars and workshops for managers and clients groups
  • facilitation of mediations and harassment investigations under client policies