Grievances & Arbitrations

In unionized workplaces, the common law of wrongful dismissal does not apply. Rather, a collective bargaining agent is selected to bargain all the terms and conditions of employment on the employees’ behalf vis-à-vis the employer.

These terms and conditions are then set out in the collective agreement, which is formed between the management and the union. The collective agreement will contain provisions for the resolution of disputes through the grievance and arbitration process, which is mandated by the applicable labour relations legislation.

Where there is a dispute, such as an alleged violation of the collective agreement, it is initially resolved by way of the grievance process or may be withdrawn through the stages of the grievance. However, if no resolution is reached, then the dispute may be determined usually through a process called arbitration.

At times, either party is free to apply to the Labour Relations Board within the applicable jurisdiction to deal with various labour relations concerns that are not referable to arbitration.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Our experienced lawyers can help navigate the grievance process through arbitrations.. We understand the needs and complexities associated with unionized workplaces, including the high expenses connected with the arbitration process. We will provide guidance on cost-saving strategies to simplify the grievance process while protecting your interests.

Our experienced labour lawyers will advise you on both long and short-term goals. We can provide legal advice on all labour related issues, including but not limited to, disputes regarding discipline and discharge, seniority disputes, human rights and accommodation, management and union rights, benefit entitlement, etc.

 Request a consultation ​or call us at 905-417-2227.

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.