Different industry sectors have different human resources issues. Some industries grapple with the effects of globalization or regulation, others with a shortage of talent and still others with the impact of rapid growth.

Our industry knowledge gives us a clear context in which to provide clients with solutions that work within their competitive environment.

  • Arts & Sports

    Professional sports leagues, major theatre production companies and other talent-driven businesses deal with a number of challenges: from managing labour disputes, to hiring top talent, to dealing with sexual harassment and workplace violence, to managing workplace safety and preventing injuries. This industry also involves complex partnerships between international operators, government agencies, Crown corporations, and public…

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  • Construction

    Employers in the construction industry contend with unique challenges around job site safety, workforce turnover and skilled employee shortages, while meeting quality, productivity and employments standards. Construction companies are also experiencing changes in composition and demographics of their workforce, which can give rise to accommodation and harassment issues and the need for additional supervisory training….

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  • Education

    We have provided services to school boards, colleges, universities and private schoools since the formation of our firm in 1972.

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  • Energy & Utilities

    The energy and utilities sector is complex and highly regulated, with some employers governed by provincial workplace laws and others governed federally. The sector’s considerable transformation in recent years, the amalgamations within the industry and the push for clean energy – each have their own set of human resources challenges. As well, wage restraint legislation…

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  • Financial Services

    Hicks Morley understands the financial sector, and we are uniquely placed to work with our clients to solve both their short-term and long-term legal issues. The financial services sector is continually evolving, along with changes in government, regulation, technology and customer expectations. These changes inevitably have an enormous daily impact on the workforce, which makes…

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  • Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial)

    Government ministries, agencies, corporations, commissions and associations face a number of unique challenges that private sector organizations do not. These include additional statutory requirements – from wage restraints to public accountability – operating in an ever-changing political environment and resource constraints that are common to almost all publicly-funded institutions. We have a long-standing history of…

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  • Healthcare

    Funding challenges are growing in the healthcare sector, with a number of Ontario healthcare facilities facing deficits and corresponding reductions to programs and staff. In addition, there is an ongoing push to integrate healthcare services on a more efficient basis – which significantly impacts human resources issues. With a number of issues at stake, from workplace accommodation, to…

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  • Hospitality & Gaming

    The hospitality and gaming industry is labour-intensive with a wide variety of challenging employment and labour issues that directly impact a venue’s operations.  We have years of experience and a proven track record of assisting investors, owners and operators with issues that arise in the labour and employment context. Our lawyers understand the variety of…

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  • Manufacturing

    Employers in the manufacturing sector continue to face considerable economic and competitive challenges such that some are looking to reinvent their operations through investing in technology and seeking a more agile and responsive workforce. This includes the use of alternative employment models, with some operations relocating to offsite locations or being outsourced to other service…

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  • Media & Communications

    The Canadian media and communications industry has seen exponential change in the last decade. Developments in technology, the explosion of social media and the ubiquity of mobile devices have significantly impacted the way employers operate their businesses. Media convergence and industry consolidation have also created opportunities – and challenges – for employers, particularly those operating…

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  • Membership Associations

    Membership associations don’t come in one size or shape: they are as varied and dynamic as the types of memberships they are entrusted to represent. They vary from small organizations focused on the delivery of membership services, grappling with traditional employment-, human rights- and privacy-related issues, to large operations with substantial workforces to manage, to…

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  • Mining & Natural Resources

    The recent collapse in commodity prices has created an unprecedented economic challenge for the mining and natural resources sector. While revenues have declined significantly, companies face high fixed costs related to extraction, processing and ongoing operations. Many employers in the sector have mature and heavily unionized workforces with traditional collective agreements. Employers are taking actions…

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  • Municipalities & Municipal Agencies

    Municipalities are responsible for delivering a wide variety of services: policing, firefighting, paramedic, transit, healthcare (homes for the aged), and libraries – in addition to their general municipal services. At the same time, they are under increasing pressure to deliver more with less. With fiscal responsibility, cost containment and the need for greater efficiencies come…

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  • Non-profit Organizations

    Non-profit organizations range significantly in their missions and goals, but they face many of the same challenges. The competition for donations is fierce, with funding an ongoing concern. And while most have a contingent of paid staff members, many workers are volunteers, who may not have a full appreciation of the legal responsibilities that their…

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  • Nursing Care Facilities

    The nursing care sector continues to face increasing regulatory requirements for both private- and publicly-funded operators. Not only do nursing care facility operators need to conduct regular risk assessments, they must also proactively manage issues related to workplace safety, accommodation, employment standards and protecting resident privacy. Complying with the changing and extensive regulatory regimes, while…

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  • Professional & Technical Services

    Professional and technical services organizations are unique from a human resources perspective. While these workplaces can vary greatly, they share a key common element: their businesses are based primarily on selling the professional expertise of their employees or partners. A key challenge for these organizations is that employment laws – based on rules related to…

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  • Retail & Wholesale Trade

    Technology is reshaping the retail and wholesale sector, with the growth of online shopping impacting various operations – from warehousing and staffing to logistics. Employers in this sector face a number of unique human resources challenges because of their geographical reach and the direct relationship they have with their customers. Whether a company operates online, through bricks and mortar…

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  • Social Services

    The social services sector continues to face challenges in delivering its core services while operating in a framework of increasing fiscal restraint. With budgetary and government funding pressures, human resources and labour relations matters – such as collective bargaining – grow in their complexity. Many social services employers must also contend with potential and actual…

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  • Transportation & Warehousing

    To maintain their competitiveness, companies in this sector must continually develop and adopt new technologies through changes to business operations and development of new skills sets. This places increased emphasis on recruitment, retention, training and appropriate compensation practices. In addition, the adoption of trade agreements – like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – can quickly…

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