Labour and employment law
The Myers Weinberg labour group has a long history of exclusively representing trade unions, professional associations and employees in a broad range of labour and employment law matters. Mel Myers, the Firm's founding labour lawyer, was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and was the first Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Members of our labour group continue to uphold Mel's values as we advocate exclusively for the rights of working people.
Our labour department provides complete services in all labour and employment fields and forums. In addition to representing unions in grievance and interest arbitrations and matters before the provincial and federal labour boards, we offer advice on
- Collective bargaining strategies
- Occupational health and safety
- Human rights and other matters related to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Privacy issues
- Health and welfare plans
- Pension plans and legislation
- Workers' compensation
- Construction labour relations
Members of our labour department regularly appear in provincial and federal court on matters related to judicial review applications, appeals and injunctions. Our union clients range from large national and international trade unions and their locals, to professional associations and small independent unions. Our clients represent members in public services, education, emergency and essential services, medical and hospital settings, industrial plants, transportation, the aerospace industry, construction trades and many other private industries and public sector workplaces.
Lawyers at Myers Weinberg also represent and advise non-unionized employees on a wide variety of employment law issues, such as:
- Wrongful dismissal
- Constructive dismissal, including those triggered by a demotion or the creation of an intolerable work environment
- Resignation from employment
- Questions about severance packages and employment contracts
- Questions about restrictive covenants, including issues surrounding non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality clauses
- Human rights issues in the workplace, including the accommodation of disabilities
- Manitoba Employment Standards Code and Federal Canada Labour Code questions and complaints
- Questions about employment benefits, including pensions and maternity/parental leaves
- Issues relating to harassment, violence, and bullying in the workplace
- Professional disciplinary and licensing issues
- Workers’ Compensation Board questions and issues
- Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) questions and issues
- Problems with insurance coverage, including the denial of short and long-term disability benefits
Our firm strongly believes in the ongoing promotion of the labour movement, and we actively participate in the education of union activists. In addition to our annual conference, members of our labour department conduct a number of seminars each year which focus on more narrow or specialized topics. We regularly appear as speakers and panellists at other labour and employment law seminars and conferences held by our clients and are frequently requested to speak at conferences or prepare materials for other organizations that provide educational seminars to their respective clients.
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