We help employers manage people; and help employees with employment problems.

The members of our Employment and Labour Law Team act in all aspects of labour relations and employment law on behalf of both employers and employees. From our Halifax – Dartmouth offices, our lawyers represent institutional clients, private business and individuals in drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining negotiations, at arbitrations and before labour relations boards. We also advise on employee terminations and wrongful dismissal claims.

Members of the Team appear before tribunals concerned with employment relationships, human rights and occupational health and safety, and before the courts. Our Labour, Workplace and Employment Law lawyers regularly work with our corporate clients to write employment policies and practices and to deal with the administration of collective agreements.

Advising Employers and Employees

The Team can advise in the following areas:

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Areas of Focus

Contract Negotiation

Employment contracts set out important terms that affect an employee’s rights and responsibilities. Often these types of contracts contain legal jargon pertaining to an employee’s rights including payment arrangements, probation periods, vacation allotments, termination, confidentiality and post-employment restrictions, to name a few. BOYNECLARKE’s Employment Law Team is experienced in negotiating employment contracts.

Dispute Resolution

When employers and employees do not see eye to eye, we believe the best solutions for employment disputes are found out of the courtroom. BOYNECLARKE’s Employment Law Team is experienced in acting on behalf of both employers and employees to effectively resolve disputes, saving the client both time and money.


We understand the challenges employers face when it comes to employee termination, layoff or dismissal. The Labour Standards Code or the Canada Labour Code sets out only the minimum obligations on employment termination. An employer needs to be aware of their legal obligations. It is important that employers seek legal advice prior to taking any action to avoid a wrongful dismissal claim.


Good hiring practices can reduce the risk of performance management problems and the need to end employment relationships. Seeking advice before hiring a key employee is part of an effective human resources plan.

Performance Management

Apart from legal issues, performance management is an effective tool that helps companies evaluate employee contributions. Performance management extends far beyond a yearly review; it is a thorough and ongoing process of feedback and communication. Effective performance management programs are essential for employers because without them employees typically cannot be terminated for cause.

Wrongful Dismissal

The law recognizes the importance of protecting employees from unjust actions taken by employers. A wrongful dismissal can negatively impact both an employee and employer.  An employee may have a basis for a wrongful dismissal action if an employer terminates them without notice of termination or for alleged just cause. BOYNECLARKE’s Employment Law Team has acted on behalf of employers and employees in numerous wrongful dismissal cases.

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Employment & Labour Team

Ian D. Brown

(902) 460-3425

James D. MacNeil

(902) 460-3457

Perry Yung

(902) 460-3409

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Recent Blog Posts

Blog Post | Monday April 27, 2020

Options for Your Business During the Pandemic (Besides Layoffs)

Authored by: Ian D. Brown Posted in: COVID-19 Employment Law

Employers have been faced with immense challenges in this unprecedented situation, including the possibility of employee layoffs. While this may be an option to consider, we want to let you know that there are other options available.

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Blog Post | Monday June 15, 2015

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted in: Employment Law

The Government of Canada has made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) with the stated purpose of ensuring that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.On June 20, 2014, the Government created two separate programs: TFWP which requires a Labour Market Impact

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