Toronto Employment Lawyers
Lecker & Associates are Toronto employment lawyers specializing in all areas of employment and disability benefits law. We have the knowledge, experience and skills to handle challenges that often surface in relationships between employees and their employers. For well over 35 years, our Toronto employment lawyers have regularly litigated precedent setting cases, successfully adding clarity to laws which previously remained open to interpretation.
We Exclusively Represent Employees
Unlike many firms, our singular mission is to provide employment law services exclusively to the employees of Ontario. We operate with deep expertise in this field. Our clients are generally under a lot of stress when they seek out our services. We clearly understand this and treat you with professionalism, sensitivity and tact. Our first order of duty is to take care of that stress. Therefore, when we take on your case, we represent your best interest and nothing else. Our team of Toronto employment lawyers specialize in wrongful dismissal, job layoffs, severance and notice calculations, denied disability benefits, constructive dismissal, disputes following maternity leave, constructive dismissal and many such aspects of employment law. We know how to handle these cases extremely well and have been doing exactly this for over 35 years.Read What Our Clients Say
Have you ever given up your seat on the subway or held the door open for a disabled person? Society upholds these values of goodwill, generosity and honesty. Should your employer not follow such standards of fair play?
These employment lawyers believe they should.
Introducing our team:
Bram A. Lecker, B.A. LL.B.
PrincipalAs Principal of Lecker & Associates, Bram Lecker is one of the most experienced employment lawyers in Toronto. He actively plays a role in all client cases primarily as a mentor to his stellar team.
Matthew A. Fisher, B.A. LL.B.
PartnerA seasoned litigator and Partner, Matthew Fisher comes with a reputation of excellence in employment law. Taking the lead in precedent setting cases, he has clarified laws which previously remained ambiguous.
Maria Esmatyar, B.A.(Hons.), J.D.
AssociateA staunch defender of employee rights in all matters of employment law including workplace harassment, Maria Esmatyar is also a keen and knowledgeable writer, regularly contributing to our blogs.
Ian D. Hurley, B.A. LL.B.
AssociateIf you’ve had your disability benefits denied, Ian Hurley is the employment lawyer you want on your side. His vast experience spans wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal as well as disputes related to workplace accommodation following sick leave.
Jordan Reiner, B.A., M.A., LL.B.
AssociateJordan Reiner is uniquely skilled in demystifying legal jargon. He takes the lead on counselling clients with their employment contract negotiations and aggressively advocates for them against human rights violations, wrongful & constructive dismissals.
CounselCaroline Ursulak has her own firm and practiced labour law since 1997. She has successfully negotiated severance & notice disputes, litigated wrongful and constructive dismissal cases and advises client in all areas of employment law
Top 5 Employment Law Questions
Every case we manage at Lecker & Associates is unique and distinctive to the circumstances of the client. But we see a common theme in almost all our clients – a lack of knowledge about their rights as employees.
We want to change this. Educating our clients arms them with enough power to level the playing field with their employers.
Here are the most common questions our Toronto employment lawyers receive:
My employer has hired me as a contractor but I perform the same job as an employee. Is this legal?
You should question the motives of any employer who has hired you as a “dependent contractor”. They may be skirting the law. They might be avoiding paying out your CPP, EI and severance benefits. Contact one of our lawyers for an assessment of your case.
How much severance am I entitled to when my employer lets me go?
Alternatively, your employer can offer you severance pay in lieu of this notice period. The Employment Standards Act 2000 outlines the minimum standards for notice and severance pay. However, if your employer terminates you without cause then you could receive an additional level of financial compensation. The circumstances of your employment come into play to determine the fairness of your severance package. We review four basic issues; Your age, your position, length of service and how long it will take you to find another job. If you are close to retirement and at a senior point in your career, chances are you will find some challenges to land an equivalent job any time soon. And in this case, your severance should be much higher than the minimum set out in the ESA 2000.
Can my employer ask me to sign an employment contract that suggests I can be let go at will?
Am I entitled to my old job when I return from disability or maternity leave?
If your leave extends beyond two years, your employer can fire you by declaring the employment relationship “frustrated”. And in this event, you should consult with one of our lawyers.
If my employer changes my job description or pay, do I have to accept it?
- In exchange for the wage cut, they should offer you equivalent “consideration”. Examples are more vacation time, signing bonuses, reduced hours, etc.
- If these changes are not acceptable to you, then your employer must offer you an adequate severance package to end your employment relationship.
- Wrongful Dismissal 40%
- Disability Claims 25%
- Job Layoffs 20%
- Maternity Leave 10%
- Workplace Harassment 5%
Legal fees should never deter you from obtaining your lawful entitlements. Our initial assessment of your situation will be free. In the vast majority of cases, we do not require a retainer up-front. Instead, we charge a percentage of the settlement we obtain for you. When you engage us to work for you, we always begin the relationship with a Service Commitment letter which outlines what we will do for you, along with the corresponding fee. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this openly and frankly.
In addition, Revenue Canada allows you to deduct most legal fees incurred for an employment matter when you file your income taxes.