Kate Dearden: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Kate Dearden

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Education
  • Healthcare Human Resources and Labour Relations
  • Labour and Employment
University University of Waterloo, B.E.S., Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Hons., 2001; University of Toronto, M.Sc. in Planning, 2003
Law SchoolMcGill University (B.C.L./LL.B., 2007)
Admitted2008, Ontario

Professional Involvement

•Designer and Co-Chair, CPD programs of the Ontario Bar Association: Effective Advocacy before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (May 2012); Employment Law Fundamentals (Fall 2011 and anticipated Fall 2013); Your First Civil Trial (2010 and 2011); and Your First Small Claims Court Trial (2010 and 2011)
•Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
•Member, Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Labour and Employment Section and Education Law Section


Kate Dearden (Zavitz) is a senior associate in our Toronto office. Kate practises labour and employment law, as well as human rights and education law. She has appeared as employer and/or defence counsel before the Ontario Divisional Court, Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and labour arbitrations, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and various other labour and employment related tribunals.

Kate joined BLG after having summered and articled with the Firm.

Publications & Presentations

•Author, Hot Off the (Thumb) Press, BLG Labour and Employment NEWS, October, 2015.
•Author, Scary Amount of Punitive Damages Ordered Against 'Mean And Cheap' Employer, BLG Labour and Employment NEWS, October, 2015.
•Author, Court Approves Police Search of Cell Phone Used in Teacher Parking Lot Drug Deals, Education Law Newsletter, Fall 2015.
•Co-Author, OLRB Rules Local Strikes Unlawful, While Government Proceeds With Back-To-Work Legislation, Education Law Newsletter, Spring 2015.
•Author, Ontario Passes New Law on Asthma Inhalers in Schools, Education Law Newsletter, Spring 2015.
•Co-Author, Quebec High School Criticized for Student Strip Search, Education Law Newsletter, Spring 2015.
•Author, Supreme Court of Canada Creates New Test for Police to Search Cell Phones without a Warrant, Education Law Newsletter, Winter 2015.
•Co-Author, Supreme Court of Canada Decision on the Right to Strike Could have an Impact on the Education Sector, Education Law Newsletter, Winter 2015.
•Author, Effective October 29, 2014, Ontario Employees Entitled to Three Additional Unpaid Leaves From Work, BLG Labour and Employment Law News, Summer 2014.
•Author, Government Proposes to Amend Key Labour and Employment Legislation, BLG Client Alert, December, 2013.
•Author, Hospital Employee Vaccinations, Hospital News and HospitalNews.com, August, 2013.
•Presenter, An Educator's Guide to the Digital World at School, Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) Risk Management Seminar, October 29, 2015.
•Presenter, Standing in the Fire of Human Rights Challenges, Regional Special Education Council/Regional Supervisory Officers' Curriculum Council Annual Meeting, January 31, 2014.
•Presenter, Human Rights and Special Education: a Legal Update, LAWWORKS at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, November 6, 2014.
•Presenter, Privacy in a School Setting, Conference of Independent Schools, February 13, 2013.
•Co-Presenter, Workplace Investigations, Federated Press Presentation, April 10, 2013.
•Co-Presenter, Privacy in a School Setting, CAPSLE (Canadian Association for Practical Study of Law in Education), May 6, 2013.
•Presenter, Privacy in Canadian Schools: a Legal Update, LAWWORKS at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, November 7, 2013.
•Co-Presenter, Principles and Applications of Health Law, Ontario Hospital Association, Employment Law presentation, November 15, 2013.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Advising management clients on employment matters such as provincial legislation, policies and contracts, wrongful dismissal claims, health and safety, injunctions, and investigations.; Advising on labour relations matters in such areas as grievance arbitration, collective agreement interpretation, certification applications, and unfair labour practice applications.; Advising and advocating on behalf of public sector organizations (boards of education, post-secondary institutions, hospitals and health-related entities, and not-for-profit corporations).

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No “Black Friday” For Employers
Kate Dearden, December 9, 2015
The Ontario Court of Appeal has decided that employers should not get a discount on reasonable notice in bad times. On November 23, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Michela v. St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic School (2015 ONCA 801). The Court decided, among other issues,...

Hot Off the (Thumb) Press
Kate Dearden, November 6, 2015
On October 27, 2015, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Women's Issues introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 for First Reading. Bill 132 is part of the Ontario Government's March 6, 2015 action...

Scary Amount of Punitive Damages Ordered Against 'Mean And Cheap' Employer
Kate Dearden, November 6, 2015
In the recent case of Gordon v Altus, 2015 ONSC 5, the Ontario Superior Court considered several issues that arose in a wrongful dismissal case. The plaintiff sold his company to the defendant and was hired on after the sale. However, the relationship broke down. In the employer's view, the...

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Kate Dearden

Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3Y4

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