Right from the start, Kumail Karimjee has impressed DeafBlind Ontario Services with his efficient, professional manner - an approach that inspired the confidence that we were doing the right thing. As a non-profit organization with several hundred employees at multiple sites across Ontario, we have needed legal opinions and representation on a wide variety of employment related issues. Specifically, Kumail has assisted us with compliance with the Bill 168 amendments of the Occupational Health and Safety Act dealing with workplace violence and harassment; managing our training program in compliance with the Employment Standards Act and complying with public sector compensation restraint legislation.
In 2008, Kumail assisted us with a significant re-organization of our workforce which affected approximately 15% of our employees. Kumail’s recommended strategy, communications advice and contract documents led us through a very positive change for DBOS without even a single dispute with the employees affected. By partnering with Kumail, we have been able to consistently act proactively, maintain positive employee relations and thereby minimize our exposure to liability.
St. Clares Multifaith Housing Society is a charitable organization that develops and manages a number of affordable housing projects in Toronto. When we need to address challenging issues involving the intersection of human rights and housing, it is Karimjee Greene that we turn to for assistance. In dealing with disputes we appreciate Karimjee Greene’s ability to quickly find creative and practical solutions, but also the ability to fight for the right result when it matters to us. Karimjee Greene gives us advice and representation that recognizes how our organization works and what we need. Unfailingly timely, insightful, thorough, understandable and good humoured!
The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) assists survivors of torture to overcome the lasting effects of torture and war. Karimjee Greene acts for us on all employment and human rights issues. The firm has assisted us with drafting and implementing contracts of employment; developing new human resources policies; and dealing with employment and human rights disputes. We have always found Karimjee Greene to be easily accessible, very quick to respond to our needs and cost effective.
Kumail Karimjee handled a long and sensitive negotiation on behalf of the Textile Museum in a cogent, thoughtful and supportive way. His advice was practical and timely. A successful outcome was achieved largely due to Kumail’s intervention.
Seeds of Hope Foundation had the pleasure of working with Karimjee Greene. We are a charity providing community learning centres and transitional housing. We found that Karimjee Greene quickly developed an understanding of how our charity works and what we do. They then translated that understanding into a successful court application which secured the outcome we wanted.
Neill-Wycik is a large student residence in downtown Toronto with 700 members and a unionized staff. Karimjee Greene has steered us through a number of challenging labour relations issues including collective agreement negotiations, workplace harassment complaints, performance management and employee grievances. We appreciate that we always get thorough analysis, clear opinions and sound advice addressing the legal and practical issues we face. The firm is quick to find cost effective and lasting solutions to workplace challenges.
Fife House is a charity which provides supportive housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Karimjee Greene is our counsel on employment and human rights matters. They have handled all of our matters with professionalism, honesty and integrity.