Labour law is an essential legal area that helps to regulate and mediate relationships between workers, employers, trade unions, and the government. There exists between employers, employees, and unions a tripartite relationship which is covered by collective labour law. Employee’s rights at work, including contracts, are covered by individual labour laws.
What Is The Difference Between Employment and Labour Law?
Put simply, the difference between employment and labour laws is the number of people it relates to. Employment law covers the individual, focusing on contracts of employment where the employee is not a member of a union, or bound by a collective bargaining agreement.
Labour law, on the other hand, applies to environments where the employee is a member of a union, and subject to collective bargaining. This law generally applies to work environments governed by the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
One easy way to tell the difference is to look at the nature of the contract. Employment contracts—governed by employment law –can be either oral or written. Collective bargaining agreements, however, cannot be verbal.
What To Look For In A Quality Labour Law Attorney
A good labour lawyer should pride themselves on providing top quality service, value human rights, and believe that no-one should put up with working in a negative work environment or be subjected to additional costs due to restructurings which are poorly managed. They should be knowledgeable in all legal workplace issues.
How To Find A Good Labour Law Attorney
First, you want to look for a lawyer with experience in the labour law specialty in particular. While many firms may offer business law services, not all of them have a focus on labour law or have the experience necessary to help.
Second, you want to see a proven track record for labour law related cases. Experience in workplace related cases doesn’t mean much if all of those cases were losses. Of course, no firm can win them all, but an overall trend of positive outcomes is definitely to be desired.
Chances are these two qualifiers will leave you with a short list to choose from. You can reduce it further by checking for unbiased reviews online for each lawyer. While lawyers are clearly not a product to be ranked, you can bet those who have had a poor experience are quick to share. The easiest way to do this is simply to type the lawyers name into a search engine and see what comes back.
The final step is to meet with your prospective choices in person. In-person consultations can help you get a better feel each lawyers style and personality. Whether you have questions about your position, wish to find out if you have a case, or are looking to instigate action, your lawyer should be willing and able to help and support you every step of the way.
No matter the issue, from contract concerns to discrimination dilemmas hiring a qualified labour law attorney is the first steps towards justice.