Charif El-Khouri is a partner in Deloitte Legal’s Employment & Labour Group.
He offers practical and creative advice to unionized and non-unionized businesses, and supports them in achieving their goals and managing regulatory and business risks in a broad range of industries, including technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, engineering, construction and retail.
Charif drafts employment agreements, policies and incentive plans, and supports clients in managing issues related to labour standards, privacy, restrictive covenants, French language laws, occupational health and safety, human rights and reasonable accommodation, and workplace investigations into harassment and other alleged misconduct.
He regularly provides advice on strategic and delicate matters, such as systemic compliance issues or terminations of employment and workplace investigations involving senior executives.
Charif also supports clients in collective bargaining and in managing union drives. He is a seasoned litigator and appears regularly before administrative tribunals and civil courts, to represents clients in various recourses and claims, from termination of employment to human rights claims. Charif has particular expertise in instituting and defending against injunctions and other recourses in relation to non-competition and other restrictive covenants.
Prior to joining Deloitte Legal, Charif practiced for five years in a national Canadian law firm. Charif co-authored the “Canada” chapter of Social Media and Employment Law: An International Survey, published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, as well as the “Canada” chapter of the Climate Change and Human Resources Policies Report of the IBA Global Employment Institute. He has given conferences and hosted seminars on a variety of employment law topics such as internal and external investigations, stock options and equity-based incentives and constructive dismissal, and has participated in drafting a number of papers, including articles relating to the legal parameters governing social media use by employees.