Charity & NoT-For-Profit Employment & Regulatory Lawyer
Charities and not-for-profits face unique employment law and governance issues. They're not only subject to the normal web of written and unwritten employment law principles operating in Ontario. They're also subject to other statutory obligations imposed by federal and provincial legislation, in addition to at times very complex funding formula agreements created by their donors.
They may experience a higher than normal turnover in their employees because of the sometimes more modest wages they can offer as compared to both the private and governmental sector. They may experience a high level of workplace stress because of the type of work or client-group being served. Charities and not-for-profits needs legal help from lawyers who understand their unique workplace needs.
Employment law situations, regardless of whether you are the employer or employee, can also be extremely complex, where what is written as the statutory rules and entitlements is only the tip of the unwritten court-made employment iceberg. Employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, pay and benefits, harassment, and dismissal can all involve complex legal issues where timely advice from a lawyer is required to prevent or reduce workplace conflicts, and secure or defend against entitlement claims.
We conduct independent workplace investigations, including for allegations of harassment, dishonesty, conflict of interest, violence and accommodation. Our work can lead to objective fact finding, and relevant, reliable and probative evidence. Only by retaining a law firm for your workplace investigations can you be guaranteed that the results will be confidential and protected by solicitor-client privilege.
We also assist Registered and Unregistered Charities as well as Not-For-Profits with Tax issues involving the Canada Revenue Agency, including Income Tax, and HST/GST. We understand that Charities and Not-For-Profits are only able to continue their work while being free of tax burdens, and in the case of registered charities by being able to issue tax receipts for donations, thus CRA audits and challenges concerning the legitimacy of organization activities require progressional help.