Research has shown that human resource management is one of the top concerns for business owners – from recruitment to retention to performance management – your people are your company’s most valuable resource and sometimes one of the largest challenges to manage.
Owners and HR professionals routinely face employment-related issues that can significantly affect their business. These issues range from impacting customer service and public image/perception to employee productivity and workplace morale. Employment law is a unique and quickly changing area of law where a wide range of scenarios arise which often requires acting quickly and strategically to address issues before they become a problem.
In today’s workplaces, effective HR professionals need to look through an ‘employment law lens’ to take a proactive approach to managing employment relationships, mitigating risk and implementing best practices. Being apprised of employment related legal risks enables businesses to develop effective strategies to avoid problems where possible while still exercising the employer’s right to manage the workplace effectively and efficiently.
Sean Kelly is a partner at Stewart McKelvey’s Halifax office and practices management-side human resources, employment and labour law. He works with employers across a wide variety of industries and provides timely, strategic and practical advice. He regularly defends employers at all levels of Court in Nova Scotia and he handles all aspects of employment and labour law including:
- Union avoidance;
- Employment standards;
- Human rights and accommodation;
- Performance management and severance advice;
- Wrongful and constructive dismissal litigation;
- Workplace investigations;
- Occupational health and safety issues, including prosecutions;
- Policy development;
- Employee benefit issues;
- Workplace and business restructuring;
- Workers’ compensation;
- Collective agreement interpretation, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations.
In addition to his busy practice, Sean is the Vice-Chair of NSCAD University and is an avid sailor and surfer.