Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Employment & Labour Department

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What the team is known for Advises a range of regional, national and international clients from various sectors, including software, manufacturing, retail and food and drink. Regularly assists employers with workplace investigations, severance and compensation arrangements and employment-related litigation. Noted for its expertise in employment and labour issues stemming from corporate transactions and internal restructurings, including workforce reductions.

Strengths One client noted of the firm's capabilities: "For me their major strengths are very practical and business-oriented solutions to employment matters. They are very collaborative in terms of resolving issues and concerns."

Another client added: "The firm is fantastic. They have many strengths but the best is probably their command of the law in this area and their ability to understand their clients' needs."

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to Yellow Pages on the employment and labour elements of its corporate restructuring, including the divestiture of certain of its subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Allan Wells
often acts for clients on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings. He also regularly represents employers before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. "He has a proven successful track record with us," explained one client, adding: "I am grateful to have him as a resource."

Damian Rigolo
acts before both provincial and national clients, most notably in the finance sector, on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. He is regularly involved in drafting termination agreements and share purchase plans.

Sven Poysa
is recognised for his work on the labour and employment issues stemming from company restructurings. He also demonstrates strength in health and safety and employee benefit disputes. One client elaborated: "Sven is excellent - he's a great partner. He takes into account our business needs, and also helps to support what could happen from a risk perspective. He's very thoughtful in that sense."