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Stuart Rudner the Keynote Speaker at SafeWork Summit Niagara

The SafeWork Summit – Niagara takes place on September 24th and offers a full day of interactive learning and a wealth of information for a variety of stakeholders, including; workers, managers, supervisors and business owners.  Attendees can choose from a variety of workshops and sessions that cover a broad spectrum of topics that are critical to a successful program for […]

Rudner MacDonald Featured in Advocate Daily

The title of the story from Advocate Daily that appeared today at says it well: Powerhouse pair launches employment law firm Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner, long-time friends and prominent employment lawyers have joined forces to effect a positive difference in the Canadian employment law landscape. Check out the full article for more details about the genesis of Rudner […]

The Times – and Notice Periods – They are a-Changin’

Those of us who deal with notice periods and dismissals on a regular basis tend to focus on the “core” factors originally set out in the 1960 ruling of Bardal v. Globe and Mail Ltd.: •character of the employment •length of service of the servant •age of the servant •availability of similar employment, having regard to the experience, training and qualifications […]

Discrimination is not Always a Bad Thing

People tend to recoil in horror when they are referred to as being discriminatory. In recent times, we have come to equate “discrimination” with unfair and unlawful conduct relating to factors such as the colour of a person’s skin, their religion or gender. However, in HR, people discriminate all the time, and they would not be doing their jobs if they […]

Is Employee’s Position no Longer Relevant in Assessing Notice of Termination?

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision a few days ago in which a 70 year old labourer with 20 years of service received 22 months of pay in lieu of notice. In Kotecha v. Affinia, the Court followed a recent trend in which courts have rejected the notion that those with “lower level” positions should receive lesser notice periods, […]

2013 – Human Rights Explosion

Human rights have become one of the hottest topics in employment law this year. This year alone, we have witnessed broad acknowledgement of discrimination and harassment on the prohibited grounds of age, family status and disability. The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal ordered reinstatement and five years of lost wages to Joan Cowling, a 67 year employee who filed a complaint […]

HR Law Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum

When it comes to employment and HR Law, there are a bewildering array of laws that can come into play. Last week, my law partner Natalie MacDonald and I were co-directors of the HR Law for HR Professionals course, a certificate program put on by Osgoode Professional Development in Toronto that I started a few years ago. One of the overriding […]

Employees with disabilities deserve fair pay

Recently, there have been news reports out of the United States about section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows employers to obtain special minimum wage certificates from the Department of Labor. The certificates give employers the right to pay disabled workers according to their abilities, with no minimum wage. The notion that employers could pay disabled […]

Beautiful People job site, hiring someone based purely on their looks

Stuart Rudner’s latest blog post for First Reference Talks discusses the fact that the Beautiful People website is now launching a recruiting service for employers. To find out more about the potential legal implications of hiring based on looks, click here. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share […]

Stuart Rudner’s latest article in The Lawyers Weekly: The Nuances of Temporary Layoffs

Stuart Rudner discussed a recent decision that could change the law in his latest article in The Lawyers Weekly. Historically, the common law has always treated temporary layoffs as constructive dismissals unless there was an express or implied right to temporarily lay an employee off. A recent Ontario decision suggests that the law should evolve to reflect current economic realities. […]

680 News Toronto: Natalie on the challenges of today’s workplace

Natalie recently spoke with James Munroe on 680 News about some of the current challenges that face employees and employers. Listen to Natalie’s valuable employer and employee tips on terminations and social media in the workplace. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new […]