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Updated Guide: Cross-Border – Navigating Canadian Employment Law Guidebook

Toronto, October 30, 2017 — McCarthy Tétrault’ s Cross-Border – Navigating Canadian Employment Law Guidebook is a useful resource for American attorneys and HR professionals on the key differences between Canadian and US labour and employment law, all from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Recognizing that few of our US-based clients have access to a straight-forward explanation of Canadian employment law, this Guidebook aims to fill that void. American and Canadian laws are compared and some key differences highlighted, including:

  • Labour and employment law in Canada is governed exclusively by the many Provincial Governments, rather than by the Federal Government (except for a very small percentage of employers). Each province enacts its own labor and employment legislation, and there are definitely regional differences.
  • Canadian employers are required to provide reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu upon termination. The concept of “at-will” employment does not exist.
  • In Canada, employees who are paid by fixed salary are not necessarily exempt from overtime pay.
Book cover Cross-Border Labour & Employment Guide 2017

Updated Guide: Cross-Border – Navigating Canadian Employment Law Guidebook


General guidance is included throughout the Guidebook on a broad range of issues. We encourage you to consult with one of our lawyers about any specific legal issue or concern.


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