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Baker McKenzie Labour and Employment video chat series for Canadian employers

Welcome to In Focus, Baker McKenzie’s Labour and Employment video chat series for Canadian employers. In each on-demand episode, our lawyers provide insights and quick, practical tips on today’s most pressing issues and legal developments impacting employers operating in Canada. These videos complement our written legal updates shared on the Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog on trending topics including COVID-19 reopening developments.

Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes – Part 3 – The Outcome and Litigation Arising from Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)

In Part 3 – The Outcome and Litigation Arising from Your Workforce Redesign, we look at the potential outcomes and employer obligations should the separation package offer be rejected, one-on-one employee negotiations fail, and litigation ensues.

Speakers: Andrew ShawJeremy HannAjanthana Anandarajah

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Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes – Part 2 – Undertaking Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)

In Part 2 – Undertaking Your Workforce Redesign, our group explores the key steps in employment terminations such as preparing the termination letter, severance package offer, a full and final release and a meeting script, as well as outlining post-termination duties for the employer.

Speakers: Andrew ShawJeremy HannJuliette Mestre

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Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes – Part 1 – Planning Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)

In Part 1 – Planning Your Workforce Redesign, we cover best practices for employers as they consider planning their workforce redesign, including conducting due diligence to understand exposure and potential liabilities.

Speakers: Andrew Shaw, Jeremy HannRono Khan

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Restrictions on Restrictive Covenants – The Secret to Protecting Trade Secrets (10 Aug 2022)

Every business has sensitive components integral to its success, whether trade secrets, customer contacts, or other confidential information that would be appealing to competitors.

In Canada, attempting to stop an employee from sharing confidential information, competing, or soliciting customers, suppliers or employees can be tricky. In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the current state of the restrictive covenant landscape and what steps employers can take to protect their businesses.

Speakers: Jeremy HannAjanthana AnandarajahJunaid Malik

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Understanding the New Right to Disconnect in Ontario (10 May 2022)

In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers share key considerations and important timelines for employers to know as they develop Disconnect policies for their workplaces.

Speakers: William WatsonDave Bushuev

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Tossing the Masks and Vaccine Passports Plus Mandatory Vaccination Updates (21 March 2022)

In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers explore considerations for employers before scrapping the restrictions entirely, provide guidance on responding to possible employee pushback, and deliver an update on the legal landscape of mandatory vaccination policies in Canada.

Speakers: Andrew ShawMatthew De Lio, Shyama Talukdar

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Guidelines for Accommodating Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs and Disabilities for Canadian Employers Mandating Vaccinations (October 26, 2021)

In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers share guidelines for Canadian employers to consider as they encounter requests for accommodations from mandatory vaccination policies.

Speakers: Jeremy HannMatthew De Lio, Alessandra Fusco

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Remote working from outside of the jurisdiction – The pandemic and beyond (September 21, 2021)

In this Quick Chat video, Baker McKenzie’s Labour and Employment, Global Immigration and Mobility, and Tax lawyers review the wide variety of legal issues for Canadian employers to consider regarding a temporary or permanent remote work opportunity outside of the province of the employment agreement and provide tips on how employers can offer employees flexibility while remaining compliant with employment, immigration and tax requirements.

Speakers: Andrew ShawNell SlochowskiShyama Talukdar, Stephanie Dewey 

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The COVID-19 Canadian employment litigation landscape – Is it all uphill from here? (August 19, 2021)

When world economies face challenges, employment litigation claims of all types arise. In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the range of trending COVID-19 related employment claims and cases and share what Canadian employers can do to best position themselves to manage impending litigation. 

Speakers: Jeremy Hann, Ajanthana Anandarajah, Matthew De Lio

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Proactive Steps to Address Systemic Discrimination and Inequality in the Workplace (June 21, 2021)

In light of recent social justice movements, businesses are increasingly aware of issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion, making it essential for employers to take proactive steps to address inequality in the workplace. Our presenters explore how to set up special programs under human rights legislation, and discuss best practices for advancing substantive equality in Canada.

Speakers: Jennifer BernardoDavid BushuevShyama Talukdar

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Mandatory Vaccinations in the Canadian Workplace (May 17, 2021)

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available across Canada, employers have questions about how this changes the return to the workplace. In this Quick Chat video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the vaccine policies and procedures being adopted by companies operating in Canada, as well as the legal and practical considerations to address.

Speakers: Andrew ShawJeremy HannJennifer Bernardo

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Ajanthana Anandarajah is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2019, after completing her summer and articling term with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Labour. Ajanthana advises employers in a wide range of labour and employment law matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international private and public sector clients. Ajanthana has appeared before administrative tribunals and the Ontario Court of Justice in Ontario.

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Jennifer Bernardo is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. In her litigation practice, Jennifer has represented clients in labour, employment, and corporate/commercial law matters before a variety of administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators, and all levels of court in Ontario. Before joining Baker McKenzie as a summer and articling student, Jennifer earned a combined Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto. During this time, Jennifer ranked second nationally at the 2013 Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy competition and represented clients of the student legal clinic before administrative tribunals and the Federal Court. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog and co-chairs the Toronto office’s Pro Bono Committee.

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Dave Bushuev is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Dave provides employers with timely and effective advice on a wide range of labour and employment issues, including hiring, termination, labour relations, human rights, disability accommodation, occupational health and safety, privacy, and performance management. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Dave was an associate in the employment group of a full-service, national law firm in Canada.

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Matthew De Lio is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Before joining the Firm, Matthew represented clients of the University of Toronto student legal clinic's criminal law division. He frequently appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, including at contested trials. Matthew spent a summer and articled at the Ontario Ministry of Labour - Legal Services Branch, where he prosecuted Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards Act offences at the Ontario Court or Justice. He also represented the Director of Employment Standards at contested hearings at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Matthew is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog.

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Jeremy Hann is a partner in the Toronto Labour, Employment and Regulatory Law Practice Group. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2004. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario Law School in June 2003.

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Rono Khan is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Rono advises employers on a full range of labour, employment, and human rights matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international private and public sector clients. Prior to joining the Firm, Rono summered and articled at a leading labour and employment law firm in Toronto and interned in the civil litigation department of a public interest organization in New York City. After completing his articles, Rono pursued a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in mediation and dispute resolution at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. During law school, Rono served as the co-president of the South Asian Law Students’ Association. Rono continued his involvement with the South Asian legal community by volunteering with the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (“SABA”), and received the Student Recognition Award from SABA for academic excellence and community involvement.

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Junaid J. Malik is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Prior to joining the Firm, Junaid was a litigation associate at a regional full-service firm where he frequently appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and before various administrative tribunals. In addition to litigation work, Junaid provided clients with a full range of employment-related transactional support, and discrete workplace advice. Junaid has also served two terms as a Director of the Peel Law Association. As a Director of the PLA, Junaid helped facilitate community-based legal initiatives, he conducted educational seminars for the membership, and published articles.

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Juliette Mestre is a an associate within Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Juliette joined the Firm in 2020 as a summer student before completing her Ontario articles of clerkship. Juliette advises employers on a broad range of labour, employment and human rights matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international private and public sector clients. Prior to joining the Firm, Juliette earned a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. While attending law school, Juliette was an editor at the McGill Law Journal and a Student Advocate at the McGill Legal Information Clinic. She also interned at national law firms in both France and Colombia.

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Andrew Shaw is a partner in the Firm's Employment & Compensation Law Group. Prior to attending law school, Andrew held labour relations/human resources positions at both private and public sector companies. In these roles, he managed workplace disputes and grievances to an appropriate resolution, assisted internal clients with the interpretation of employment-related legislation, and provided counsel to senior management as required. Andrew assists clients with all aspects of the employment relationship, both unionized and non-unionized, in the province of Ontario and throughout Canada. He advises and represents employers in matters regarding employment standards, wrongful dismissals, human rights, labour relations/arbitration, union organizing, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, pay equity, and workplace investigations.

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Nell Slochowski is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Toronto office.

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Bill Watson’s practice focuses on large issue litigation and the conduct of complex negotiations, domestically and internationally, in the following fields: collective bargaining; government relations; health law; human rights; international labour standards; inquests; labour relations; occupational health and safety and privacy law.

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