Employment and Labour Law

Employment and Labour Law issues are constantly evolving.  We at Low Murchison Radnoff will help guide you through this sometimes complex area of the law and help you find practical solutions to your legal problems.

While Low Murchison Radnoff is a law firm based in Ottawa, we handle employment and labour law matters throughout the province.  The members of the firm’s Employment and Labour Law Group have appeared before administrative boards and tribunals, and at all levels of trial and appellate courts, including the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  We are also skilled at traditional negotiation techniques and the use of alternative dispute resolution strategies including mediation and arbitration.

We handle all areas of Employment and Labour Law including:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Recruitment
  • Privacy
  • Human Rights
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Interest and Rights Arbitrations
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Employment Policy/Compliance
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Disability & Accommodations

Lawyers Practicing in Labour Law

Gary Boyd
Angela McLaughlin
Barbara Nicholls
Chris Rutherford


I am a unionized employee can I directly negotiate with the employer?

No. Your union represents you. It is only the union who may negotiate with the employer.

Is my employer required to give me a letter of reference?

No. However, most employers make it a policy if asked for a letter of reference to provide a letter confirming the employee’s start and end dates and job title at termination.

If an employee has a job title of manager, are they entitled to overtime pay?

It depends. A job title alone is not definitive, there are a number of factors that must be considered such as what is the nature of the work performed by the employee, i.e. is it truly managerial in nature.

Can I schedule when my employee takes vacation time?

Yes. However, it is always beneficial to reach a mutually agreeable time with an employee as to when they will take their vacation.

What Act governs my employment rights in Ontario?

The Employment Standards Act