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Practices

Federal Sector

Fasken

Fasken has the preeminent federal sector labour and employment practice in Canada. The federal sector includes some of the country’s largest employers, many of which have longstanding and complex relationship with trade unions. Because of this, the labour and employment issues faced by these employers often strike at the heart of their businesses.

Our lawyers also play a leading role in the issues and trends that shape the changing Canadian labour and employment landscape. 

  • We wrote the book. Literally. Members of our firm co-authored the leading text on federal sector labour and employment law, Federal Law and Practice, A Comprehensive Explanation of Labour and Employment Law in the Federal Jurisdiction, which was published by Canada Law Book in 2013.
  • We are on the front lines. We are fortunate to act for major federal sector employers in every industry across the country.  This includes transportation, shipping and logistics providers, airlines and airport authorities, banks, postal services, railways and nuclear energy facilities.
  • We are behind the scenes. We are counsel to FETCO, the leading employer organization at the federal level.  Our work with FETCO includes public policy work on behalf of the organization, as well as representation in constitutional litigation and other cases that involve important labour and employment law issues. We have acted for FETCO (and other interveners representing the interests of employers) in multiple cases before both the Supreme Court of Canada and our Federal Court of Appeal.
  • We are on the international stage. We are counsel to the Canadian Employers Council (“CEC”), the voice of Canadian business on the international stage on labour and employment matters. We are involved in global events such as the annual proceedings at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and developments within the Summit of the Americas process. Members of the CEC include FETCO and major federal sector employers such as Canadian Pacific Railway and industry-wide employer organizations like the Canadian Bankers Association.
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