Employment Law

Advising on complex employment law in Canada and around the world, EY teams support you throughout the evolution of your business, helping you manage the people-related legal aspects of restructuring, mergers, takeovers and all types of business transformation.


Multinational companies must constantly transform their business operations to compete on the world scene and meet their business objectives. Change today is the only constant.

Workforce issues are a significant challenge in these multinational transformations since each country has different employment laws.

Now more than ever, companies need to understand employment laws to manage cost and risk, proactively identify potential hurdles, and facilitate efficient, timely and agile application of global or regional projects.

How we can help

EY Law teams in Canada, working alongside other EY member firms, has the multijurisdictional experience and knowledge to assist corporate leaders, where permitted, in the feasibility, design, application and coordination of transformation projects that span multiple countries. We can field and lead project teams comprising experienced lawyers and project management staff to help complete these business transformations in a timely and cost-efficient manner while also advising on appropriate compliance with local employment law regulations.

In Canada and across geographies, EY teams have ready access to detailed and continually updated information about employment laws and appropriate HR practices. In addition, our project teams can seek support from the EY network of experienced local employment lawyers to validate information or get more detailed advice where it is needed. All this considerably increases the level of coordination and consistency that, together with much-reduced response time, is a key differentiator in today’s marketplace.

The outcome

When restructuring operations or acquiring or selling businesses across borders, assessing feasibility and designing the HR consequences, multinational companies can benefit from the knowledge and experience of EY lawyers across the world.

We can advise you on the initial design of the restructuring or business transformation, as well as the entire range of related employment law compliance requirements, which can help you manage the workforce aspects specific to your business needs and provide better control over the application timeline.

  • Our suite of employment law services

    • HR legal advisory and compliance assessment
    • Mergers and acquisitions and business transformations
    • Corporate restructuring and reductions in force
    • Compensation and benefits
    • Employee and data privacy
    • Dispute resolution