Doing business in Ontario is complex from an employee relations perspective.
We often tend to get a little specific when talking about the issues facing business in the province. This may exclude those new to doing business here.
The biggest risk to business owners and leaders from outside Canada is what they don’t know. These are the things that can catch you off guard and end up being very costly both from a financial and reputation perspective.
Due diligence is very thorough on the financial/tax side of the business when organizations come into the country, however labour legislation not so much. This has resulted in some expensive missteps.
Today Canadian employees are more educated in their rights and the employment laws than ever before. It is critical that employers are as well. It is a serious error to underestimate the effects of not understanding myriad legislative requirements around employment.
This is particularly difficult for the small business owners/leaders from outside Canada to grasp. New business entering the Canadian/Ontario market place may be caught by surprise by the issues that seem to suddenly arise.
I have run into organizations that could have avoided some sticky situations had they been advised to have a thorough look at the employment practices of the company they were purchasing or had a better handle on the differences between employment law in their home country and Canada.
Rick Filsinger, CHRP, CHRL,PI.