Littler Global

Littler Global
Littler Global
Employment & Labour

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,500 attorneys in 80 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. 

Littler’s international offices span three continents – North America, South America and Europe – and include: Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. The firm’s global capabilities also include a number of U.S.-based lawyers who are qualified practitioners in Australia, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and South Africa, among other countries. Littler is experienced in handling multi-country labour and employment matters that span the globe and often work with leading attorneys in jurisdictions worldwide to provide clients with global legal services and a single point of contact.

With its collective knowledge and experience, it provides clients with comprehensive legal services covering the full range of workplace issues, including General Labour and Employment Advice, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Labour Relations, Compliance, Codes of Conduct, Workforce Management, Data Privacy, Employment and Transfer Agreements, Corporate Labour Governance, and Knowledge Management and Training.

Littler Global In The News
Arbitrator reinstates nurse who misappropriated narcotics from patients for her own use and falsified records to cover it up

Earlier this year, a labour arbitrator rendered a decision in  Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) v Ontario Nurse’s Association , 2019 CanLII 43 (ON LA), that sends a clear warning to employers in Ontario about how to handle employees with substance abuse disorders. Read more

Ontario, Canada: a tale of violence and harassment in the workplace and judicial sanctions for an employer that handled it poorly

As employment lawyers that represent management, we invariably counsel our clients that they must treat complaints of harassment in the workplace seriously, and take immediate steps to investigate them.  A recent case,  Bassanese v. German Canadian News Company Limited et al ., 2019 ONSC 1343, tells the story of an employer that did the opposite, and paid a steep price. Read more

Canada: how to manage unresponsive employees on leave

Canadian law clearly requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities unless it causes an undue hardship. But how are employers to deal with employees on medical leave who do not communicate with the employer? At what point do silent employees effectively abandon their jobs? Read more

Ontario, Canada: court takes on employer termination conduct

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently rendered a decision in  Ruston v. Keddco MFG. (2011) Ltd. , 2019 ONCA 125, which serves as a cautionary tale for employers whose termination conduct reveals that they do not take their obligation of good faith and fair dealing in the manner of an employee’s dismissal as seriously as they should.  Read more

Court of Appeal affirms that employees in British Columbia, Canada must continue to meet a high standard to establish "family status" discrimination

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently affirmed that it continues to be bound by the existing legal test for adverse discrimination on the ground of “family status” established in  Health Sciences Assoc. of B.C. v. Campbell River and North Island Transition Society. 1   Read more

Littler Global Guide - Canada - Q1 2019

Browse through brief employment and labor law updates from around the globe. Contact a  Littler attorney  for more information or view our  global locations . Read more

Bill 66, restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 has received royal assent, amending Ontario, Canada’s labour and employment laws once again

Bill 66,  Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018  (“Bill 66”) received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019. 1  Amendments to the  Employment Standards Act, 2000  (“ESA”) made by Bill 66 have not changed since we  first reported  on the Bill when it passed First Reading. Read more

Ontario, Canada: employers can provide candid job references

Ontario employers can speak candidly about former employees' weaknesses when providing job references, as long as the dominant motive for the reference is not malicious, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently indicated. The SCC declined to review a lower court's finding that a plaintiff failed to prove her former manager defamed her by giving her a negative reference that led to revocation of a job offer. Read more

Ontario, Canada companies beware: class action lawsuits alleging worker misclassification are on the rise

It appears there is a movement afoot in Ontario to change behavior around the classification of employees as independent contractors.  Beginning in 2015, we began to see a number of class action lawsuits that allege misclassification and claim significant monetary liability.  Read more

Littler global guide - Canada - Q4 2018

Browse through brief employment and labor law updates from around the globe. Contact a  Littler attorney  for more information or view our  global locations . Read more

Decisions involving termination of long-term employees should concern employers

Employers considering terminating long-term employees in Canada should be aware of two relatively recent decisions.  Read more

10 key developments in Canadian labour & employment law in 2018

Canada saw significant developments in labour and employment law in 2018.  As we embark on a new year, we will undoubtedly see the landscape in this ever-changing area of law continue to evolve.  Below we provide an overview of 10 key 2018 developments for your review: Read more

New Ontario, Canada Employment Standards poster available (Poster 8.0)

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released a new employment standards poster (link below) to coincide with recent legislative changes due to Bill 47,  Making Ontario Open for Business Act , which effectively reverses certain changes made by a widely publicized law enacted last year—Bill 148,  The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 . Previously, we wrote about both  Bill 148  and  Bill 47 . Read more

Changes to Ontario, Canada's Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act Keep on Coming

On December 6, 2018, Bill 66,  Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018  (“Bill 66”), passed First Reading. 1  If Bill 66 is passed in its current form, it will impact several statutes in the province.  Read more

Ontario, Canada: Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, receives royal assent

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47,  Making Ontario Open for Business Act , received Royal Assent, repealing a number of amendments made to Ontario labour and employment law. Read more

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