Employment Standards Compliance & Litigation

In Ontario, many employers are required to abide by the basic obligations, which are set out in the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). These basic requirements involve hours of work, overtime, vacation entitlement, public holidays, leaves of absence, deductions from wages, internship, minimum wage, keeping records, etc. The ESAalso specifies the minimum requirements for notice of termination, severance, and termination pay.

Employers that are federally regulated in Ontario, such as banks, would use the Canada Labour Code (Code) to determine the basic requirements and obligations. Under the Code, both employers and employees must abide by the set out minimum standards to ensure a level playing field for all federally regulated industries.

Employment standards compliance

For employers that are unionized, it can be complex to properly interpret and apply the basic requirements and obligations while ensuring compliance with the collective agreement. However, unless specifically provided for by statute, the basic requirements and obligations cannot be contracted out through the collective agreement, and where the collective agreement provides greater rights or benefits than the ESA, then the agreement will prevail.

It is important for the applicable statutes to be interpreted and applied properly in practice, as failure to do so could result in legal action. In Ontario, the Ministry of Labour conducts proactive inspections and investigates claims and complaints, through the Employment Standards Program, to ensure fairness in the workplace. Violations found by the Ministry can result in compliance orders, orders to pay wages/fees, Part I Notice of Offence (“tickets”), and even prosecution.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Our experienced lawyers understand the importance of correctly interpreting and applying the ESA’s or Code’sprovisions. Our lawyers can help employers understand and accurately implement provisions required by the Employment Standards Actor Canada Labour Code and represent them in the course of a regulatory proceeding. 

At Zeilikman Law, we approach these issues with logical and creative solutions. Our lawyers are professional, friendly, and determined. We have the know-how to navigate through the psychology of any given dispute. 

Request a consultation or call us at 905-417-2227 today!

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.