Employment Contracts Preparation or Review

Employment contracts are used as a means to describe and formalize the terms and conditions that will apply to the employment relationship…

At Zeilikman Law, we understand the importance of drafting contracts that are clear and concise. Our lawyers can help draft employment contracts and other agreements that comply with legal requirements and statues while meeting the employer’s requests.

About Employment Contracts

Once signed, this contract becomes a legally binding and enforceable document between the employer and employee, unless the contract is unconscionable or illegal, or there are “boilerplate” terms that undermine the validity of the document.

A good employment contract will account for changes in the employment relationship because the employment relationship is not frozen in time from the initial start date, as it may include modified terms when the employment relationship evolves such as through promotions, organizational restructuring, or increases in pay that are agreed on either expressly or by way of the parties’ conduct.

Employment contracts

Employment contracts provide many benefits to the employment relationship, such as clearly expressing the expectation of the employment, and providing the ability to negotiate the terms of the contract it may also protect an employer from certain liabilities upon termination of the employment relationship.

What can an Employment Contract contain?

Since employment contracts operate at two levels – being work in exchange for pay and a promise to employ and be employed until at least reasonable notice has been provided – several specifics regarding the entitlement, obligations, and restrictions of both parties, can be covered in the contract.

Such specifics can include: duties, salary, job title, geographic work location, standard to which reasonable notice will be determined, compensation and benefits, the duration of employment, what constitutes grounds for termination, confidentially (especially where the employee is privy to proprietary information – to prevent that employee from disclosing the confidential information legally), incorporation and employment policies, non-solicitation/non-compete clauses, and the policies for resolving workplace disputes.

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Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.