Labour and Employment

Rasmussen Starr Ruddy acts for non-union employers and employees as well as dealing with management-labour law issues.

Our management side labour law services include:

  • Certifications and terminations of bargaining rights
  • Advice and services through the collective bargaining process
  • Federal and Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings
  • Management side labour agreements and contracts
  • All matters related to labour relations and grievance arbitration

Our employment law services include:

  • Directors’ duties and responsibilities
  • Disability claims
  • Drafting employment policies and procedures
  • Employment standards issues
  • Executive compensation and incentive packages
  • Human Rights complaints
  • Mergers and acquisitions employment implications
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Preparing and reviewing letters of offer, employment contracts, cost-sharing agreements, independent contractor agreements, association agreements, workplace policies
  • Termination/severance packages
  • Wrongful dismissal claims
  • Workplace reorganization and constructive dismissal claims
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board issues

I have referred several people to Melody MacDonell over the years. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone at Rasmussen Starr Ruddy.

— Dawna Christy

A big thank you to Melody and her staff. Melody is straight forward and knows her stuff. Although going through a separation is hard, I was very confident things would work out in my favor. And they did. Looking forward to the next new chapter to begin. Thanks again Melody.

— Kristina Dowsley

I don’t know what I would have done without them. You may not remember every word they say, but you’ll never forget how they make you feel.

— Judy Everson

Their personal skills are great: they’re very easy to deal with. I question a lot and they’re very accommodating.

— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

I like the fact that I can pick up the phone and talk to my lawyer, not an assistant. Other firms are getting too big to provide personal service.

— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

They have a clear understanding of our business and are very responsive. The partners are well respected among their peers.

— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

They’re prompt, intelligent, give good advice, and charge reasonable rates.

— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.