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Employment law governs the rights and duties between employers and workers. Also referred to as labor law, these rules are primarily designed to keep workers safe and make sure they are treated fairly, although laws are in place to protect employers’ interests as well. Employment laws are based on federal and state constitutions, legislation, administrative rules, and court opinions. A particular employment relationship may also be governed by contract.


The solicitors at Neal & Mara have extensive experience in representing employers. Joe Neal, has 32 years’ experience, and Corinna Traill, the former President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Labour & Employment Law Society, completed her Articles of Clerkship with one of Canada's leading labour law firms in Toronto. Service offered by Neal & Mara to employers include:

  • Termination advice and document drafting;
  • Wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and human rights complaint defences;
  • Hiring advice and employment agreement drafting; and
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy/employee handbook review and drafting.


The breakdown of the employment relationship can be one of the most stressful and and financially trying times in a client’s life. Our lawyers are sensitive to your needs and are here to help.  We offer employment law consultations, flexible hourly rates and contingency fee retainer agreements - where we don’t get paid unless you get paid!  By representing both employers and non-unionized employees, Neal & Mara clients benefit from having counsel who thoroughly understand all sides of an issue.   Our “full service” firm has assisted clients in all aspects of the employment relationship,  including:

  • Severance package review and negotiation;
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation;
  • Constructive dismissal litigation;
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act and Employment Standards Act Claims;
  • Employment contract review;
  • Harassment, human rights and discrimination claims;
  • Employment Insurance appeals.
Contact us for your employment law consultation!

Neal & Law Success Stories

Our lawyers have...

  • Successfully negotiated a settlement of over $120,000 for an employee who alleged discrimination in the workplace, harassment and constructive dismissal;
  • Helped an employee receive $5000.00 in unpaid wages through an Employment Standards Act Claim;
  • Reviewed hundreds of termination packages and negotiated better severance and termination packages for employees;
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement of over $25,000 for an employee who was alleged to have been constructively dismissed;
  • Provided advice to employers on how to deal with issues of progressive discipline and employee absenteeism;
  • Drafted Workplace Harassment and Violence policies for employers in accordance with the requirements of Bill 168.