Toronto Labour Lawyers Representing Employers Throughout the Grievance Process and at Grievance Arbitrations

Employers who are faced with a grievance should consider consulting with a knowledgeable labour lawyer early in the grievance process. This can mitigate risk and may resolve the dispute promptly without having to go to arbitration.

At Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins our labour lawyers have been helping unionized employers navigate workplace disputes for more than 30 years. We are one of Canada’s most highly recommended labour and employment law firms and have helped hundreds of clients through the grievance and arbitration process.


We handle all types of grievances, including discharge and discipline grievances, policy grievances, and construction industry grievances.

As part of our full-service labour practice we handle every type of grievance and arbitration dealing with a wide range of issues including discipline and discharge cases, disputes over compensation, working conditions and group and policy grievances.

Defending a grievance, whether individual, group, or policy, can be complex and time-consuming. Quick and fair resolution of workplace disputes is critical in a unionized setting, where the parties are in a continuing relationship. Disputes must be considered in terms of both their immediate impact on the individuals involved, as well as the long-term impact on the relationship between the parties.

Some examples of our past work include:

  • Defending a policy grievance challenging the employer’s right to make use of surveillance evidence in a plant;
  • Defending discharges of nurses or other health care personnel in allegations of resident abuse;
  • Representing the employer in a test case for the limits of the duty to accommodate a short service disabled employee;
  • Establishing that the reference to Heritage Day in a sector wide collective agreement did not require the employer to offer the Family Day holiday;

Other Labour Disputes

In addition to representing clients throughout the grievance process, our labour lawyers are available to assist in all aspects of labour relations from an application for certification, the organizing drive that precedes that, all the way to negotiation of a first collective agreement.

At Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins we have extensive experience with collective bargaining including in the highly-specialized construction and hospital sectors.

We also have an extensive Labour Board practice which includes a wide variety of applications including Certification, Unfair Labour Practices, Bad Faith Bargaining, and jurisdictional disputes.

Contact Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins LLP for Guidance with the Grievance Process or Representation at a Grievance Arbitration

If you are an employer faced with a grievance, or the prospect of a grievance arbitration, contact one of the experienced Toronto labour lawyers at Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins LLP. For over 30 years, we have assisted employers across all sectors, including industry, healthcare, education, and others through the grievance process, and have represented hundreds of clients at arbitrations. Contact us at 416-364-9599 or online to schedule a consultation.