Windsor-Essex County Labour Lawyers Advising Employers on Workforce Reductions

Workforce reductions are a standard part of business reorganizations or a shutdown of operations. In the context of unionized workplaces, layoffs require careful planning and consideration of any collective agreement in place. If handled poorly, employers may be left vulnerable to costly labour actions and business disruptions.

Willis Business Law works closely with businesses during periods of restructuring or other operational change. The firm’s skilled labour lawyers develop proactive workforce reduction strategies that minimize risk and maintain the union-employer relationship whenever possible.

Mass Layoffs & Workforce Reductions in Unionized Workplaces

The process for workforce reductions and mass layoffs in unionized workplaces highly depends on the collective agreement. Employers need to be mindful of job security protections built into the collective agreement, including provisions relating to:

  • Reduction of hours;
  • Layoffs;
  • Bumping rules (i.e. an employee’s ability to take another position after their position has been eliminated);
  • Seniority rights;
  • Recall rights; and
  • Severance pay.

The collective agreement may also require the employer to notify the union of any planned workforce reductions. The employer may be required to make reasonable efforts to consult with the union on a reduction strategy, including options for re-training or relocating employees.

Trusted, Strategic Advice on Workforce Reductions in Ontario

Willis Business Law helps businesses navigate all facets of organizational change and restructuring, including staff layoffs. The firm’s labour lawyers work closely with unionized employers to develop tailored, pragmatic workforce reduction proposals for discussion with union representatives. Willis Business Law also advises clients on available options for employee re-education and re-assignment wherever possible.

When disputes regarding workforce reduction cannot be resolved through negotiations, the skilled labour lawyers of Willis Business Law advocate to secure the best financial and operational outcome for employers in arbitration.

Willis Business Law: Providing Unionized Employers With Trusted Advice on Workforce Reductions in Windsor-Essex County

Willis Business Law creates pragmatic, comprehensive workforce reduction solutions for unionized employers across the private and public sectors in Windsor-Essex County. The firm’s dynamic labour lawyers provide comprehensive advice to employers on their options under applicable collective agreements and represent them in any disputes that may arise.

Conveniently located in the heart of Windsor’s financial district, Willis Business Law proudly serves employers throughout Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh, Chatham-Kent, and Sarnia. To schedule a consultation with a member of the firm’s dynamic labour law group, please contact us online or call 519-945-5470.

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