Certification and Decertification

Applications for Certification and Decertification can be complex even for the most experienced business owners. Our labour lawyers at Achkar Law can assist with any and all union-related matters, including any Labour Board appearances.

Responding to an application for certification within the timelines prescribed is of utmost importance. Our lawyers have the know-how and the experience to respond to those applications with skill and in a timely manner. That is to say, there are various considerations to be had when responding, including the list of employees being considered within the bargaining unit of the Union.

Companies should proceed carefully when managing an application for certification because seemingly innocuous comments or actions can have far-reaching consequences. When responding to applications for certification, a helpful understanding of the do’s and don’ts in certification can help to smooth any tensions and achieve optimal results, this is why it is beneficial to speak with experienced labour lawyers.

Characterizations of who qualifies as an employee under the bargaining unit will depend on many factors that should be considered when responding to an application for decertification.

Companies should know what to expect when they are dealing with an application for certification so that they can skillfully manage any measures taken by the proposed bargaining unit whilst meeting their obligations under the law, and be better equipped and prepared when going through the process.

In short, we can advise employers on how to manage labour relations risks and issues during a decertification process. For further assistance, contact our labour lawyers at Achkar Law by phone toll-free at 1-800-771-7882, or email us at [email protected], and we would be happy to assist you.

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