Christopher takes a thoughtful, practical and confident approach to his practice, always aiming to earn the loyalty of his clients. He focuses on developing long-term, ongoing relationships, from which to create people-oriented solutions. He is articulate and knowledgeable, using logic and a thorough understanding of the law relating to employer-employee relations to solve problems.
Acting on behalf of both employers and employees, Christopher's practice focuses on all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law. He has also developed an expertise in privacy law, particularly with respect to its application in the workplace. In providing this advice, Chris is able to draw upon the experience he gained through a six month secondment working as in-house counsel for one of Canada's largest retailers.
Christopher has a wide range of litigation experience in nearly every type of forum in Ontario involving employment and labour law. He has appeared as lead counsel before all levels of court in Ontario (including the Ontario Court of Justice in quasi-criminal matters), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, and numerous arbitration boards.
Christopher has a track record of success before appellate courts on behalf of both appellants and respondents. Cases he has argued have been reported in major Canadian law reports, such as the Ontario Reports and the Business Law Reports, and referred to in employment and labour law textbooks. In one widely-cited decision (Devaney v. ZRV), he successfully represented the applicant in a human rights case that addressed the scope of an employer's obligation to accommodate an employee's needs related to care of an elderly parent. The case represented the first instance in Canada of a tribunal recognizing that eldercare needs are protected under human rights legislation.
In addition to his litigation practice, Christopher also provides clients with strategic advice and assistance on various workplace matters. He is involved in drafting and negotiating employment agreements, advising clients on all aspects of organizational restructurings, developing and reviewing policies and privacy policies, and providing training to employees on new developments in the law. He also provides his clients with practical and straightforward advice on complying with their obligations under privacy laws.
•Niang v Lakeshore Gardens Co-operative Homes Inc, 2016 HRTO 189
•Lewis v Lavern Heideman & Sons Ltd, 2015 ONSC 3752
•Murray v G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd, 2015 HRTO 940
•Qamar v G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd, 2015 HRTO 386
•Ali v Fruci, 2014 ONCA 596
•Knox v Niagara Falls Taxi Ltd, 2014 ONCA 140
•International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 v 1476247 Ontario Limited (DeGrandis Concrete Pumping), 2014 CanLII 53384 (ON LRB)
•Ram v Celco Inc, 2014 CanLII 74839 (ON LRB)
•Whitfield v Steckley, 2014 ONSC 1742
•Gill v CPNI Inc, 2014 ONSC 6500, aff'd 2015 ONCA 833
•United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 27 v Diamond Aluminum Inc, 2013 CanLII 21008 (ON LRB)
•G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd v UFCW, Local 333 (2012), 218 LAC (4th) 313 (ON LA)
•Devaney v ZRV Holdings Ltd, 2012 HRTO 1590
•G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd v UFCW Canada Local 333, 2011 CanLII 26532 (CA LA)
•St. Croix v Terceira, 2009 CanLII 66613 (Ont Div Ct)
•St. Croix v Terceira, 2009 CanLII 32264 (Ont Sup Ct J)
•Author, An Update on the Changing Workplaces Review
•Author, An Employee's Last-Minute Childcare Obligations May Trigger the Duty to Accommodate
• Psychometric Tests can Help in Hiring, Managing Staff but Employers Must Note Potential Practical and Legal Issues
•Blurred Lines: Mobile Devices in the Workplace
•A Higher Price Tag on Privacy? An Ontario Court Certifies a Class Action for Breach of Privacy
•What's New In: Privacy Law and Employment Standards [Powerpoint Presentation]
•“Drawing the Circle” Around ESA Termination Clauses
•An Update on the Overtime Class Action Cases
•Reasonable Notice Period: 24 Months; Damages: $0?
•A New Price Tag on Privacy? Ontario Court of Appeal Recognizes Tort of Intrusion Upon Seclusion
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