Employer Rights: How We Help Employers

Employers and employer rights in Ontario

It’s not easy being an employer in Canada, as they constantly face a bewildering array of potential claims. Rudner MacDonald recognizes that employers operate in the real world and there is a need to balance the rights of the employer with the rights of their employees. They must do so in all areas of employment, including human rights, health and safety, privacy laws, and other matters. In addition, while common law and the courts recognize employer rights, they routinely reference the vulnerability of employees and the need to protect them.

At Rudner MacDonald, we work with employers to achieve a legally strategic approach to HR designed not only to ensure compliance and minimize liability, but also to maximize use of our clients’ most valuable resources: their employees. We are your HR partner.

Together, lawyers Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner provide a balanced approach and objective perspective on workplace issues. That’s why Rudner MacDonald is regularly called upon to assist companies of all sizes, as well as associations and organizations.

The firm encourages clients to be proactive, using tools such as contracts, policies and procedures to establish the rules of the employment relationship, rather than having them imposed by legislation and the courts. A relatively nominal investment can reap substantial rewards in the future.

Rudner MacDonald works with clients at all stages and on all aspects of the employment relationship. Stuart and Natalie have extensive experience addressing contracts, policy manuals, discipline, dismissal, harassment, bullying, investigations, non-competition and non-solicitation clauses, downsizing, the sale of a business, social media usage, and much more.

In particular, Natalie and Stuart are often called upon to work with employers considering the dismissal of an employee. Stuart’s text on summary dismissal discusses the issue of when an employer has the right to dismiss an employee for cause, and the knowledge and expertise he has gained are invaluable in advising clients on such issues. At the same time, Natalie has written the only text on extraordinary damages in employment law, and based on her considerable knowledge and expertise, can assist clients in avoiding large damage awards which can befall the unsuspecting employer who acts in the wrong way.

Rudner MacDonald provides two critical services to clients considering any form of claim. First, we offer advice based upon our substantial knowledge and experience. We are not ‘cheerleaders’ nor do we encourage frivolous litigation. We provide objective opinions and advice regarding the most effective and cost efficient way to successfully respond to any claim.

Second, Rudner MacDonald lawyers zealously represent their clients before courts, tribunals, and mediators. Our courtroom advocacy has led to Natalie MacDonald being involved in several leading employment law decisions and Stuart Rudner being retained to represent the Human Resources Professionals Association before the Supreme Court of Canada in a groundbreaking case.

Their commitment is to deliver top quality service, in a cost-effective manner, utilizing technology and alternatives to the billable hour where appropriate, to provide prompt, responsive legal solutions and cost certainty.

With a combined 27 years of experience filled with accomplishments and success stories, both Stuart and Natalie have been repeatedly named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners.

Natalie MacDonald is the author of ‘Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law’, the only text of its kind. Stuart Rudner has contributed to several books, and is the author of ‘You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada.

Rudner MacDonald LLP – The Next Chapter in Employment Law.

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Our company has had the pleasure of working with Natalie MacDonald since she was called to the Bar in 2000. During the past 13 years, we have used her services on numerous occasions, whether for advice and guidance, or for litigation. Whether she has advised on situations we were currently experiencing, or a situation she anticipated we would experience, her expertise has been instrumental in saving the company thousands of dollars over the years. Natalie is a pleasure to work with. Her understanding of the law has proven to provide us with excellent guidance and advice. Her tenacious attitude has been critical in bringing resolutions on difficult situations in a timely and effective manner. We highly recommend Natalie to any company that needs her assistance.

Mickey Narun
Standard Parking of Canada Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

Our firm had the pleasure of dealing with Stuart Rudner last year. He is, simply put, an excellent lawyer. Throughout the entire project, our Executive Team felt that we were availing ourselves of the best possible legal advice that money could buy. Stuart’s expertise and diligence, combined with his friendly and approachable manner were truly appreciated by our organization. I would not hesitate to recommend Stuart to anyone.

Paul C. Rai
Rai Grant Insurance Brokers, Markham, Ontario