In addition to a carefully drafted employment contract with each employee, employee policies and handbooks are important elements in managing a workplace. Employee policies are an opportunity for employers to outline any critical rules, guidelines, and expectations and can be an effective way to manage risk, minimize uncertainty, and limit potential litigation stemming from workplace disputes. Under Ontario law, there are also certain policies employers are obligated to have in the workplace, including policies around workplace violence and harassment.
At Sultan Lawyers in Toronto, our knowledgeable employment lawyers regularly advise employers on employee policies and handbooks. We can review, advise and amend existing policies, draft new policies, and proactively advise you on any areas of legal risk. We understand that the labour market, and the laws that govern it, are constantly changing and we work hard to ensure our employer clients are always informed and in compliance with these changes. We are dedicated to keeping up to date on all major developments and remaining ahead of the curve on the issues that matter most to our clients. This allows us to always position our clients at an advantage.
All Ontario employers are legally obligated to have written, regularly updated workplace violence and harassment policies in their workplace.
These policies must address:
In addition to having these policies on hand, employers must also provide proper training to all employees, managers, and others about the above procedures.
In addition to workplace violence and harassment policies, other common workplace policies that employers should consider having in their workplace include:
If you are an employer seeking to update your existing workplace policies or to introduce new ones, the knowledgeable employment lawyers at Sultan Lawyers in Toronto can help. We assist organizations in developing effective policies that promote productivity while controlling the risk of liability. We have the experience necessary to guide our clients in the right direction and ensure they strike the appropriate balance between policy and practical implementation. Whether you are dealing with policies aimed at hiring, termination, employment safety or other aspects of a workplace relationship we are here to provide an effective solution. Contact us online or at 416-214-5111 for a consultation.
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