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TOP TEN TIPS ON EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR START-UP BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO





1 CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT:
New businesses may be tempted to download contracts of employment from the internet but these documents may not always be tailored to individual business needs and also contain details of current employment law changes. Ensure you have properly drafted contracts in place that do not cause problems later on and seek advice on their implementation.



2 EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK:
Have a comprehensive employee handbook in place which has policies suited to your business so that you and your employees are aware of what is expected of them and how to behave in the workplace.



3 PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
Having post termination restrictions in your contracts of employment and comprehensive intellectual property agreements is a priority for every entrepreneur.



4 KEEP DETAILED RECORDS:
Keep detailed records about training and development, appraisals and absenteeism. This will help by identifying problems within the workplace and also help to identify the key individuals who will benefit the business.



5 HIRE SMART:
Avoid hiring the dream-applicant-turned-nightmare-employee by following these rules: have clear job requirements, create candidate profiles, develop an interview plan, and evaluate all candidates using the same criteria.



6 TRAINING FOR MANAGERS:
Larger organizations often have the benefit of having an HR department but smaller businesses may not be able to afford full time HR personnel so it is important to invest in training for managers to keep up to date with employment law changes.



7 DETAILED DISMISSAL PROCEDURE:
Employers should have a detailed procedure to follow when dismissing an employee and such procedures should be followed in accordance with the Employee Handbook and current employment laws and regulations. Failure to follow proper guidelines may result in an employee’s compensation award for wrongful and/or constructive dismissal.



8 KEEP UP TO DATE:
It is crucial for employers to keep up to date with employment law as the landscape in employment is ever changing. A regular employment update from an employment specialist is essential to stay compliant and avoid potential liability.



9 ENGAGE THE RIGHT ADVISER:
Having the right professionals who understand your business needs is cost effective and essential for any business. They can keep you up to date with changes in the law and can help provide practical as well as professional advice.



10 HAVE FUN:
Don’t forget to have fun! Regularly engaging with your employees with effective communication can help generate and maintain the environment you want in the workplace. Rewarding your employees for their good hard work will help you build a positive and successful business.



We can work with you at Sicotte Guilbault LLP to help build your business and stay compliant with the ever-changing employment laws and regulations. If you require information on this subject then please don’t hesitate to communicate with Jessica Houle at 613-590-2515 or email jhoule@sicotte.ca


by: Jessica Houle - Lawyer
posted on: November 23, 2016

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