Ottawa Employment Lawyers
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP is Ottawa’s leading labour & employment law firm. Our lawyers deliver proven results consistently and have appeared and been quoted on CBC, Global, CTV, Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail and others.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP has a reputation for achieving client-oriented practical solutions to workplace problems. Our lawyers act for both employees and employers in resolving employment disputes in a cost-effective manner.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP has earned the respect of many because we refuse to compromise on the quality of our advocacy. We act strong and always keep our eye on our primary objective, which is to get the best results for our clients.
Employment Law Services
If you or someone you know has been wrongfully dismissed, our lawyers are here to help. We fight hard to ensure that our clients receive full compensation. Our preference and strategy is to try to negotiate a settlement without litigation. This is often possible, and matters can resolve very quickly, sometimes within a few weeks. Where litigation is necessary, however, we are strong and efficient, and we are widely respected by the legal community for our fierce advocacy and our refusal to back down.
For most people, losing a job can be a traumatic event. We can help you assess your legal entitlements to notice and severance and make sure that you are compensated adequately as a result of the termination of your employment.
Documents that outline severance packages can often be intimidating. Without the guidance of an experienced employment lawyer, it is virtually impossible to assess whether a severance offer is adequate. We take the time to find out all the required information about you, your job, the company, your compensation and the events leading up to termination. We will then tell you what your severance package should contain, allowing you to compare our assessment with what you have actually been offered by the company.
Employment Standards Compliance
In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act provides employees with basic rights regarding hours of work, overtime, vacations, public holidays, termination pay, pregnancy and parental leave, and so on. These are important rights to which most employees are entitled, even if employers are not always aware of these entitlements.
Employment contracts are among the most important legal documents that individuals have to sign in their lifetimes. Despite this, most employees do not take the time to understand properly what their employment contract provides. Our lawyers routinely help individuals who have been offered a new job or a promotion to better understand the terms of the proposed contract of employment.
Duty to Accommodate
When an employee is unable to perform his or her job due to religious reasons, as a result of a disability (either physical or psychological), because of child care or due to other constraints, the employer must provide assistance to the employee. This may mean changing the job requirements, providing someone to help the employee perform job duties, or making changes to shifts.
Discrimination and Harassment
The Ontario Human Rights Code provides that everyone has the right to be free of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, place of origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, family or marital status, among other prohibited grounds.
This legislation also prohibits harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, such as racial or sexual harassment. We speak with many employees who have been subject to mistreatment by their employers or co-workers. These can be very serious matters that can greatly affect an individual’s health and well-being. The law mandates that we are all entitled to work in harassment-free workplaces and that an employer has a positive obligation to create an environment appropriate for working.
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Severance Pay
- Employment Standards Compliance
- Employment Contracts
- Duty to Accommodate
- Discrimination and Harassment
Ottawa Employment Law Team
Ottawa Employment Law Team
Lior Samfiru B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.
Partner, Labour & Employment Law Group
Lior Samfiru is a co-founding member of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP and heads the firm's Labour and Employment Law practice group.
Lior resolves workplace problems. He has established a reputation as a leading employment lawyer in Ontario. Lior represents and advises both employees and employers with respect to all workplace matters, including employee terminations, wrongful dismissal, disciplinary issues, employment contracts and human rights.
Alex C. Lucifero B.A. (Hons.), B.C.L., LL.B.
Managing Associate, Labour & Employment Law Group
Alex is Managing Associate of Samfiru Tumarkin’s Labour and Employment Law practice group in Ottawa.
Alex provides both employers and employees with strategic advice on all aspects of employment law. His employment practice consists of reviewing and negotiating employment contracts, advising and acting for clients with respect to wrongful dismissals, terminations, severance packages, constructive dismissals and the enforcement of post-employment obligations, including non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants.
Kyle Shimon B.A. (Hons.), J.D.
Associate, Labour & Employment Law Group
Kyle Shimon is an associate lawyer with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP's Labour and Employment Law practice group
He provides sound advice and representation to both employees and employers in all areas of employment law. His practice includes wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, employment contracts, workplace and employee policies, human rights, and post-employment concerns such as severance packages, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements.
Charles (Chuck) D. Tahirali B.A. (Hons.), M.I.R.
Senior HR Consultant
Chuck possesses over twenty years of experience providing assistance to human resources management and corporate clientele with respect to labour and employee relations.
His areas of knowledge include employee terminations, progressive discipline, performance management, labour and employment standards legislation, collective agreement interpretation and administration, absenteeism, disability and leave management, human rights, harassment and other workplace investigations, pay equity and job evaluation, as well as conducting employee opinion and custom compensation surveys.