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How To Seek Legal Help In The Workplace

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How To Seek Legal Help In The Workplace

In Ontario, there are several ways to seek legal help in the workplace. Here are some options:

  1. Employment Standards Act, 2000: The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) is the main law that governs employment standards in Ontario. It sets out minimum standards for things like hours of work, overtime pay, vacation time, and termination notice. If you believe your employer has violated the ESA, you can file a complaint with the Ministry of Labour or commence a civil action in a court of law.
  2. Human Rights Code, 1990: The Ontario Human Rights Code, 1990, protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on factors like race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, etc. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment, you can file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario or commence a civil action in a court of law if the discrimination arises out of a cause of action.
  3. Union representation: If you are a unionized employee, your union has to provide you with legal representation and help you negotiate with your employer.
  4. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board: The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) provides workers’ compensation benefits to employees who have been injured on the job. If you have been injured at work, you can file a claim with the WSIB.
  5. Legal Aid Ontario: If you cannot afford a lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario provides legal services to low-income individuals. They offer some assistance with employment law matters, including wrongful dismissal claims.
  6. Private lawyers: If you are seeking legal representation for a workplace matter, you can hire a lawyer who specializes in labour and employment law.

In general, it’s important to seek legal help if you believe your rights have been violated in the workplace. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options and guide you through the process of seeking redress.

The above article is for general information purposes only, does not constitute legal advice or create a solicitor-client relationship. Because each case is unique and factually driven, if you have concerns with regard to the foregoing issues, please make an appointment with one of our lawyers or a qualified legal practitioner elsewhere. We represent clients in the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, North York, Markham, Vaughan, Thornhill, Newmarket, Aurora, Brampton, Mississauga, Barrie, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa.

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.