How is HTW Law making a difference in the Employment Law Space as a company that represents the rights and interests of employers and employees before Ontario courts and administrative tribunals?
Employers frequently put off consulting with an employment lawyer for much too long. An employee lawsuit always starts with a minor issue, but if nothing is done, it will fester and grow like a tropical sore. Time is of the essence. HTW Law Professional strives to make a difference in the Employment Law Space by: 1. Using good drafting practices following the most recent legislation and case laws to reduce uncertainty in the enforceability of employment contracts while safeguarding contractual freedom; 2. Making the legal process more affordable for clients by providing pragmatic legal advice at the contract formation stage and using sound alternative dispute resolution techniques and strategies in case of legal disputes; 3. Pushing the envelope to the full extent of the law for our clients by using out-of-the-box thinking while closely following the latest legal trends, and keeping up-to-do with current case law and statutes; 4. Raising situational awareness of the evolving employment law landscape. Employment law is one of the most litigated areas of the law. Civic movements such as the MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and LGBQT+ movements have caught many companies off guard if company handbooks, harassment and discrimination policies, and employment contracts are not kept up to date regularly.
What impression do you get from your interactions with business managers and owners about the difficulties they are currently facing in the Employment Law Space, and how is HTW Law effectively handling these issues?
In my experience as a lawyer who represents both employers and employees, businesses of all sizes want for three things: contractual freedom, cost savings, and efficiency. At least in non-unionized workplaces, the current state of the legislation has produced a great deal of uncertainty. Even if the contractual terms are bargained for, it is no longer clear if any particular termination clause will be enforceable. Remote working exacerbates the situation by generating uncertainty and confusion about whether a specific employee or company is subject to Canadian federal and provincial employment law regulations or tax responsibilities at any given time. The key to resolving these problems is better contract drafting. LESS IS MORE. Between contractual autonomy and enforceability, there is a fine line to walk. The ultimate goal is to increase enforceability and minimize ambiguity, which will lead to reduced costs and increased effectiveness.
“The legal process is stressful, time consuming, and could, sometimes, be costly. Tony will try everything in his power to keep you out of court and to resolve your legal matter as quickly as possible in a cost-effective manner. If necessary Tony is prepared to aggressively represent you in court, and Tony will stop at nothing until every possible legal revenue is exhausted, so that you can leave with a good smile on your face, with money in your pocket at the end of the day." Could you please go over this declaration with us?
We believe in creating long-term relationships with our clients while delivering employment law services and practical legal advice tailored to their specific needs. We cherish each and every client who retains our services, even if only for a legal consultation. Every client is a live, breathing individual who holds a special place in our minds and hearts. We like helping others, which is why we founded HTW Law. We are passionate about employment law and stay current on employment court decisions and legislation by attending seminars and conferences. No one in our office would put a client under pressure to settle a legal dispute superficially, and we consistently strive to help our clients save money by choosing the path of least resistance. We are often able to settle a legal matter swiftly by finding common ground and hammering out an amicable settlement in which everyone comes out a winner. If a dispute cannot be resolved, we will litigate zealously to the full extent of the law to preserve our client's interests. We want each and every one of our clients to succeed because we firmly believe that word-of-mouth advertising based on success stories is the greatest advertising no money can buy.
Could you kindly provide two case studies of how you helped clients surmount obstacles and achieve their goals?
Regrettably, we all know that litigation is sometimes unavoidable. It is expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally taxing. Nonetheless, most disputes can be resolved quickly. Sexual harassment and discrimination claims against companies and key employees are rising. An employee files a complaint with the human rights tribunal alleging sexual harassment or discrimination (disability, ethnicity, age, religion) against the supervisor and the company. The employee then demands that the employer reach a compromise for the complaint to be dismissed. In these cases, we must first assess how strong the worker's evidence is against the company and key employees before deciding whether to litigate. Settlement is often the answer. Another prominent area of litigation is the enforceability of termination and non-competition provisions in employment contracts. The vast majority of these disputes are the result of poor contract drafting. To tackle the problem, we must first conduct a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate whether it's more cost-effective to settle. We must also correct the defective contractual clauses to ensure that similar instances do not occur again until employment legislation changes again, which happens every few years.
What makes HTW Law unique in your view, and what gives it a competitive edge?
Many clients pick HTW Legal law. Below are the top five reasons: 1. Client-Orientated: We listen. And from listening to our clients’ needs and wants, we formulate our legal approaches. 2. We Care for Our Clients: We take the guesswork out of legal services. All our clients are informed of all their legal options at all times, and get to decide on things that matters to them. 3. Full Range Service: HTW Law is a full-service employment law firm. If it is a matter of employment law, we handle it. 4. Expertise: HTW Law has the necessary professional expertise and knowledge required to effectively safeguard our clients' rights and interests. 5. Committed: When the chips are down, we will fight zealously for our clients in Court to the full extent of the law.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our Canadian and American audiences?
As a result of the work-from-home, remote workplace situation, many American companies are now recruiting Canadian workers, producing a plethora of demands for Canadian lawyers' aid in matters involving Canadian workers, and vice versa. We are living in an exciting time. To make matters even more interesting. Tornado Law LLP, a sister company, was recently formed. Tornado Law LLP is a partnership between HTW Law, an employment law firm, and Ben-zvi Law, a family law firm. This enables us to tackle complex cases involving employment law and family law issues in high-net-worth divorce proceedings.