There are few industries in Canada and the US as heavily regulated as the transportation industry. And with each province and the federal government often having diverse labor standards, workplace issues can become quite complex when drivers provide services in more than one province. Add to this the additional legislative requirements when drivers travel into the US and employers can often feel overwhelmed when trying to sort out the competing obligations owed to their drivers and legislative requirements to ensure compliance with provincial, national and foreign transportation laws. Finally, in a sector where the use of independent owner/operators is prevalent, understanding the legal status and entitlements of these service providers can be a significant challenge.

At CCPartners we help clients in the transportation industry navigate labor board proceedings to determine "who is the employer" for the purposes of union organizing, represent businesses in numerous forums when owner operators try to claim "employee" status, represent employers before human rights tribunals, defend employers charged with offenses under occupational health and safety legislation, provide guidance in WSIB matters and draft contracts and policies to assist employers in meeting their various legislative obligations. We also understand the jurisprudence concerning the complex issue of federal/provincial jurisdiction and can assist employers in determining which legislation applies to them given the nature of their business. Whether your business is a large inter-provincial transportation company, a touring operation or a small personnel agency that provides drivers to a federal transportation business, we can assist you with your unique workplace issues.

Clients we have provided services to in this industry:

  • Federal transportation companies;
  • Personnel agencies specializing in transportation placements;
  • Local cartage operations;
  • Taxi and limousine services;
  • Businesses that service federal transportation companies such as mechanic and vehicle cleaning operations



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