TEACHER & School Board Employment & conduct lawyer
We understand that teachers are subject to strict regulation and complaints from employers, students and family members of students. We understand the demands placed upon them by their regulators, employers and the public.
We help teachers throughout Canada who are facing professional misconduct, competence, fitness, administrative, civil negligence or criminal proceedings. We'll give you our considered legal opinion on the likely optimal outcome of your case, negotiate for you, and appear as your advocate. You'll have a strong ally to lean on at every stage of the proceedings.
Employment law situations, regardless of whether you are the employer or employee, can 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.
Teachers should not try to go up against their regulator or employer alone without legal representation. Professional conduct proceedings unfortunately don't have the same checks and balances that are inherent in the court-based civil and criminal justice system. Inconsistent regulatory policies, unreliable evidence of alleged misconduct, and incoherent sanctions may be the result of uncontrolled proceedings if you don't have an advocate to hold your regulator to account.
We also assist school boards, and school management officials like principals, with employment law and conduct issues.
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.
Contact us today to discuss the teacher employment law or professional conduct situation you may be facing.