Employment & Labour

Employment and Labour Lawyers available to Assist you in Toronto and Ottawa  

Difficulties in employment relationships can take a toll financially and emotionally.  Whether you are an employer or an employee it is important to obtain professional legal assistance to help avoid potential problems and to protect your interests when problems do arise.

 Spiteri & Ursulak LLP’s experienced employment and labour law lawyers understand how important strong working relationships are.  We take the time to understand our clients’ concerns so that we can provide practical legal advice specific to their needs and objectives.  Where an employment dispute has arisen, we provide strong representation to ensure that our clients interests are advanced and protected.

As counsel to both employers and employees we are well-positioned to understand and anticipate the interests on both sides, a fact which can help to move parties more quickly and efficiently to resolution. 

We assist employers and employees with a wide range of employment and labour issues, including:

  • employment and executive contracts
  • retention and separation agreements
  • wrongful, constructive and just cause dismissal
  • discrimination and human rights claims
  • accommodation issues
  • workplace policies
  • workplace standards and health and safety legislation compliance
  • WSIB claims and appeals
  • privacy issues
  • disciplinary issues
  • non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions
  • termination of employment
  • termination packages
  • collective agreement negotiations
  • grievance arbitrations
  • certification applications
  • unfair labour practice complaints
  • employment contracts revenue-sharing, commission and bonus plans
  • employee benefits
  • employment standards

Experienced Employment Lawyers assist Employees with Dismissal Issues

Termination Pay

Under the Employment Standards Act an employer must provide an employee with written notice of termination within a certain period of time prior to dismissal.  If the employer does not provide sufficient notice, the employee must be provided with termination pay in lieu of notice. 

Under the Act, an employer who has failed to provide sufficient notice must provide an employee with one week of pay for every year the employee has worked for them.  However, what many employees do not realize is that this statutory amount represents the minimum required payment and often employees are legally entitled to far more.  Thus, if you are an employee facing dismissal, it is important to consult an experienced employment lawyer to discuss your case and explore the various options open to you. 

“Just Cause” Dismissal

If you have been terminated for “just cause,” meaning that your employer is alleging that you are guilty of misconduct, you are not entitled to termination pay or a severance package.  Furthermore, you may be ineligible to collect unemployment insurance and will likely have difficulty finding new employment.  If you have been wrongfully accused of misconduct, the lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP will fight to have your case declared a wrongful dismissal. 

Wrongful Dismissal

A dismissal is wrongful where the employer dismissed the employee with “just cause” but no misconduct had occurred or where the employee was dismissed without sufficient notice.  If you have been wrongfully dismissed, you have the right to termination pay, and if the employer has acted in a particularly insensitive or malicious way, you may have an additional claim for aggravated or punitive damages.

Constructive Dismissal

A constructive dismissal occurs where an employer makes a significant change to a fundamental term or condition of employment, such as a major reduction in salary or a significant demotion.  A constructive dismissal can also occur where an employer harasses an employee or makes his or her working environment so uncomfortable that he or she feels there is no option but to quit.  In such circumstances, a resignation will be considered a wrongful dismissal and the employee will be entitled to a severance package.

Employment Lawyers Assist Employers to Limit their Liability.

A well-crafted employment contract, prepared by an experienced employment lawyer, can limit an employer’s liability and bring certainty to the employer-employee relationship.  Where a reasonable employment contract is in place, a court will give effect to its terms.  However, if there is no contract or the contract is weak or seen to be fundamentally unfair, the court will infer what the terms of the contract should have been.  Having a legally binding employment contract in place, therefore, is a wise investment.

An employment lawyer can also help employers limit their liability by helping them understand the obligations placed upon them by legislation and case law and advising them on how to act in accordance with these obligations.  For example, an employment lawyer can help an employer understand how to properly dismiss an employee and thereby avoid accusations of wrongful termination and the financial and reputational costs associated with such claims.

Contact Our Toronto and Ottawa Employment and Labour Law Lawyers to Discuss your Case.

Please contact Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or info@sulaw.ca to find out more about how our employment and labour law lawyers can help protect your interests.

Debt Recovery

Lawyers Dedicated to Debt Collection in Ottawa and Toronto

Debt recovery is one of Spiteri & Ursulak LLP’s main areas of practice.  We have a strong debt collection team that includes lawyers and several staff members, many of whom work solely in the area of debt collection. 

If you are owed a debt, Spiteri & Ursulak LLP has the resources, experience and specialized knowledge required to successfully recover what you are owed.

How Does the Debt Recovery Process Work? 

Spiteri & Ursulak LLP will begin the debt collection process by issuing a demand letter.  Oftentimes receiving a letter from a law firm is enough to motivate the debtor to respect his or her debt.

If the demand letter is not enough, the next step is to issue a court claim.  If the matter proceeds to a hearing, one of Spiteri & Ursulak LLP’s experienced paralegals or litigators will provide you with skilled representation at court. 

If the debt is for $25,000 or less, the action will proceed in Small Claims Court.  If it is for more than $25,000, the action will proceed in the Ontario Court of Justice. 

Once a judgment is obtained, if the debtor does not have the funds to repay, an alternative way will be found to ensure that you receive your money.  For example, the debtor’s wages could be garnisheed, meaning that a percentage of each of his or her pay cheques would go toward satisfying the debt.

Our Team Defends Against Debt Demands

Our experience as debt recovery lawyers places us in a ideal position to successfully defend clients against whom wrongful debt collection demands have been made.  We have an intimate understanding of the debt collection process and have considerable resources to put toward defending any claims made against you.

Toronto and Ottawa Debt Recovery Lawyers Available to Assist you to Collect Debts or Defend against Wrongful Debt Demands

If you are owed a debt or if someone is wrongfully claiming that you owe them a debt, please contact the experienced debt recovery lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or info@sulaw.ca to find out how we can assist you.

Supreme Court of Canada Agency

Our Supreme Court of Canada Agency Services make the Process Seamless

Any lawyer outside of Ottawa who is involved in a Supreme Court of Canada matter is required to retain an agent in Ottawa.  However, even if you are in Ottawa, there are good reasons to hire an agent. 

Filing documents with the Supreme Court can be an onerous and expensive process.  It is often too much for a lawyer with a busy practice to manage and for clients to afford.  However, Spiteri & Ursulak LLP offers a reasonably-priced Supreme Court agency service that makes the process seamless.

Our Ottawa Lawyers Assist with Drafting and Filing Supreme Court of Canada Documents

As agents, we:

  • ensure all documents meet the technical requirements set out in the Supreme Court of Canada Rules;
  • arrange for documents to be printed and bound;
  • serve documents on the other party and file hard and electronic copies with the Court; and
  • liaise with the Court on your behalf.

We are available to draft Supreme Court documents, including Leave Applications, Responses, Replies and Memoranda of Argument, or to edit any documents that you have prepared.

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If you have a matter before the Supreme Court of Canada, please contact the experienced lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or info@sulaw.ca to find out how we can assist.

Wills, Estates and Powers of Attorney

Experienced Wills and Estate Lawyers in Ottawa and Toronto

 The experienced Wills and Estate Lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP routinely provide the following services:

  • preparation of wills

  • preparation of powers of attorney for personal care and property
  • preparation of Applications for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (probate)
  • assistance with estate administration
  • representation in estate litigation matters
  • reliable estate planning advice.

 Skillful Estate Planning can Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Contemplating illness, injury and death falls low on most people’s list of preferred activities.  However, the importance of having a well-thought-out plan regarding what will occur in the event of one’s death or incapacity cannot be overstated.  Skillful planning can save on estate taxes, avoid costly, stressful litigation and ensure that you and/or your loved ones receive proper care in the event of illness or injury.

The experienced lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP take the stress out of estate planning by working closely with our clients so that we understand their needs and are able to provide them with the solid legal advice they need to make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Our Wills and Estate Lawyers Assist Executors to Administer Wills and Avoid Liability

Acting as an executor or administrator of a will is a big responsibility.  Among other things, you must:

  • determine whether you are required to apply to the court for an Application for Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (commonly referred to as probate);
  • ensure that the debts of the estate are paid prior to distributing the assets; and
  • ensure you always act in the best interest of any beneficiaries of the will. 

As an executor, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the myriad tasks you are being asked to undertake and confused by the legal processes involved.  Moreover, it is important to realize that you could be held personally liable for any mistakes you make regarding the use or distribution of estate assets.

The experienced lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP can help you navigate the complex estate administration process and protect you against liability.

Our Lawyers Provide Skilled Representation in Estate Litigation Matters

Unfortunately, the administration of estates does not always go smoothly and families often find themselves in disputes over the interpretation of a will or over conflicting views of what the deceased wanted.  Family disputes are stressful at the best of times and become particularly difficult when individuals are in mourning and emotions are running high.

We at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP understand how stressful these disputes can be.  We work with our clients to achieve solutions as efficiently and painlessly as possible.  If the matter goes to court, our clients receive skilled representation by one of our experienced litigators.

Contact our Ottawa and Toronto Wills and Estates Lawyers to find out how we can Protect your Interests

Contact the lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or info@sulaw.ca to find out how we can help take the stress out of wills and estates matters.