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We Wrote the Book(s)

Employment legal advice books by Rudner MacDonald

The founding partners of Rudner MacDonald LLP are highly respected authors who have written numerous employment legal advice articles for various human resource publications over the years, and now, leading books about two key areas of employment law.

Natalie MacDonald is the author of ‘Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law.’

“I set out to write a text on extraordinary damages so everyone with a passion for, and vested interest in, employment law would better understand how these types of awards have evolved and, most importantly, how to avoid exposure to them if you are an employer, and whether they apply to you, if you are an employee.”

Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law (Carswell, 2010) is the only textbook of its kind and details the multitude of categories of extraordinary damage awards available in employment law cases. This acclaimed book examines the different and emerging trends of damages being developed in civil courts across Canada. The book contains a thorough and comprehensive review of an enormous body of law including moral damages and the meaning of “bad faith” in wrongful dismissal situations, damages for mental distress, damages from actions based in tort, damages for humiliation, embarrassment and loss of self-esteem, damages on the basis of personal injury law, punitive damages, as well as damages under both provincial and federal human rights legislation, among many other topics. The book also provides sample pleadings, as well as an analysis of the meaning of these damages.

Stuart Rudner is the author of ‘You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada.’

“I wrote You’re Fired! because I want to help people understand their legal rights and obligations so they can avoid costly mistakes. When it comes to employment law, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.”

You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada (Carswell, 2011) is a practical reference guide for employment law practitioners, human resources professionals and business people. It focuses on the law of summary dismissal in Canada and provides a thorough review of the law to help clarify what is and is not just cause for dismissal. The commentary and case studies help readers understand the types of behaviours that can constitute just cause for dismissal, the requirements for appropriate investigations prior to dismissal, and key cases where courts have considered allegations of just cause for dismissal. This well-written and comprehensive textbook provides legal advice to employers, employees, and their legal counsel, as to whether summary dismissal is appropriate in a particular circumstance.

Stuart Rudner has also contributed to several other texts in the area of Canadian Employment and HR Law, including:

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  • Your Toughest HR Questions…Answered (Carswell 2013)
  • Employment Law Chapter, Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell 2010)
  • Employment and Labour chapter, Business Laws of Canada (West Publishing 2010)
  • Canadian Employment Law Answers (Carswell 2008)
  • Canadian Employment Law Answers (Carswell)

At the request of Ultimate Software, Stuart also wrote the Canadian HR Law Guide, which provides a handy overview of the various laws across Canada.


Natalie and Stuart provide employment legal advice to both employers and employees in all aspects of employment law. Both have successfully appeared several times on behalf of their clients before courts, tribunals and mediators. Stuart represented the Human Resources Professionals Association before the Supreme Court of Canada in a landmark employment law case, Keays v. Honda Canada Inc. One of Natalie’s cases argued in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004] is recognized as a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees.

If you’re looking for the best employment lawyers in Toronto, you found them – with a combined 27 years of experience filled with accomplishments and success stories, both Natalie and Stuart have been repeatedly named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners.

Rudner MacDonald LLP – The Next Chapter in Employment Law.

The publication of this book will mark yet another milestone in her remarkable career. The high quality of the contents of this book attests to Ms MacDonald’s abilities and prodigious work ethic.

Justice Randall Scott Echlin

Stuart Rudner is a well-informed, astute employment lawyer with his finger on the pulse of emerging developments. His frequent top notch blogs, articles and social media posts are a must read for employers, employees and his peers.

Sheryl Smolkin

I have gotten to know Stuart over the period of time I have been consulting and he has always willingly provided expert advice in the area of employment law. I have purchased his textbooks,’You’re fired – Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada’ and have found them to be an invaluable source of information and refer to them frequently. There is no doubt that he is an expert in the field of employment law and I would recommend him to anyone that required legal advice and guidance. One of the things that impresses me most about Stuart is his tireless contribution to the field of employment law and his willingness to offer support wherever and whenever he can. As a small consulting firm, he has offered incredible support to me and I am very grateful for his wisdom and guidance.

Kellie Auld
Principal Consultant and Workplace Investigator
Simply Communicating, Kamloops, BC

The evaluations for your presentation were excellent. Comments included vibrant, engaging, friendly, great speaker and very thorough and comprehensive. As always, Natalie, it is a pleasure to work with you.

David Thomas
Program Lawyer, Osgoode Professional Development
Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario