Learn How Our Employment Lawyers Can Assist You

Labour and Employment Lawyers Halifax
Nova Scotia

We Do Employment Law Differently

Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. labour and employment lawyers span a broad range of experience needed to resolve difficult and sensitive matters. These legal tools include creating and reviewing employment contracts, reviewing terms of severance, workplace investigations, mediation, arbitration, conflict resolution training and legal media management.

Our labour and employment lawyers work with employers including non-profits, unions, and employees to resolve conflict. When allegations of bullying, racial discrimination and sexual harassment arise, Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. brings together appropriate professionals from various disciplines. These professionals have achieved excellence in their fields to assist and resolve the matter.

Wrongful Dismissal / Non-Union Law

In a non-union workplace, a wrongful dismissal occurs when the employer terminates an employee without providing the appropriate amount of severance or working notice.

For example, if an employer alleges bad conduct of the employee and provides no notice that they are terminating the employee and no severance, they may face a wrongful dismissal claim.

Reasonable severance sometimes looks like approximately one month’s pay for every year of service if there is no employment contract that states otherwise.

Contact one of our employment lawyers to ask about your wrongful dismissal.

Lisa Teryl

Lisa Teryl, Founder – BA, MA, LLB
Senior Legal Counsel
Arbitrator and Mediator

Unionized Workplace Complaints

Daniel Wilband – BA, MA, LLB
Employment and Labour Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator

On a day-to-day basis, managerial fairness and a healthy work culture prevent bullying and human rights complaints from escalating to human rights commissions and to grievances and arbitration.

These complaints create risks to the employer of negative publicity, exorbitant legal fees, damaged reputations. These complaints can also poison work environments for both management and employees.

Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. designs its services to manage and reduce these risks. At the same time, we build capacity within the organization and within unions to minimize and repair these harms.

Call or email Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. to start your process. We’re here to listen to your legal issues and resolve them fairly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

An employment lawyer can assist individuals who are not unionized. A labour lawyer assists employees who do belong to a union. 

Both employment and labour lawyers at our practice have an in-depth knowledge of employment law and provide you with professional advice to help navigate your case. 

Here are some of the areas of employment and labour law we can assist you with:

  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Lay-offs and terminations related to vaccinations 
  • Creating and reviewing employment contracts
  • Filing a complaint against your union
  • Reviewing severance packages upon termination
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Employment Standards
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pay Equity
  • Mediation
  • Labour Arbitrations

Fair Outcomes

We provide legal information. Our responsibility is to create fair and reasonable outcomes at minimal cost to you.


We work to solve your issues in a timely manner. Our pay-as-you-go services offer flexibility and allow you to control your legal budget.

Cost Effective

No retainer fees. Our lawyers offer pay-as-you-go for legal coaching issues. We also offer flat fees for preparation of employment contracts.

Get perspective on your situation.

Call (902) 706-5030 or email to start your process.
We're here to listen to your legal issues and resolve them fairly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Employment Law FAQ's

How much does an employment lawyer cost?

Our legal coaches cost $350 / hr. For traditional representation work our Senior Legal Counsel is $450 / hr.

What does an employment lawyer do?

Employment lawyers assist employers and employees to understand their legal rights and requirements with regard to workplace issues such as human rights complaints, terminations, creating and reviewing employment contracts.

Many also provide workplace investigation and mediation services. Some employment lawyers also assist organizations to manage media on legal issues and arbitrate collective agreements.

Can I sue my job for unfair treatment?

It depends on the type of unfair treatment you experience. You are protected from discrimination if you are receiving unfair treatment and the characteristic is covered by a human rights act.

These characteristics are, for example, being female, having a particular religious belief, having a disability and/or being a person of color.

What qualifies as wrongful termination?

Wrongful termination happens when an employer, without cause, does not provide notice to the employee that they are losing their job. If there is no employment contract that states otherwise, non-unionized employees should be given about one-month notice of termination for every year they worked or the equivalent in pay. It’s important to contact an employment lawyer to review the terms of severance since there are other entitlements other than one month’s notice.

Can you sue an employer for wrongful termination?

Yes. Small Claims Court in Nova Scotia allows claims up to $25,000 which is a common way that employees seek compensation for wrongful termination. This court is designed so that you do not need a lawyer. For example, there are less procedural formalities.

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