Founding partner of Toronto employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP, Stuart Rudner focuses his practice on all aspects of the employment relationship including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and termination.
He also acts as a mediator in employment-related disputes.
Mr. Rudner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Industrial Relations from McGill University.
Among his cases, Mr. Rudner represented the Human Resources Professionals Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in what is considered a leading employment law case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.
He has authored You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada and contributed to four employment law texts.
Mr. Rudner chairs and speaks at conferences frequently; is the founding program director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course and the new Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. He has been on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both HR Professional Magazine and Consult Carswell.
In addition, Mr. Rudner serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM); the Board of Directors of Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE); and the Advisory Committee for the Family Education Centre.
Mr. Rudner spent years on the board of directors and council of the Ontario Bar Association and the executive committee of several sections, including the labour and employment law section. He is also a member of the HRPA Registration Committee, as well as the Ontario Bar Association’s Audit Committee and Task Force on Alternative Business Structures
Over the past nine years, Stuart has donated time and energy to organizations including United Way of York Region, the Volunteer Lawyers Service, the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the One Voice Network, a York Region organization supporting agencies providing employment services to job seekers with disabilities and employers who wish to become equal opportunity employers.
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(April 10, 2017 — Toronto) — With thousands of millennials about to graduate this spring from Canadian universities and colleges, a new group of young adults will ... Read more
Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says upcoming changes to Ontario's Employment Standards Act reflect the shifting nature of the modern ... Read more
By Stuart Rudner & Brittany Taylor In 2015, the decision in Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation made waves in the employment bar by ... Read more
By Stuart Rudner and Geoffrey Lowe There continues to be a plethora of myths and misconceptions when it comes to the termination of the employment relationship. We are asked ... Read more
Although there is no longer mandatory retirement at 65, age discrimination is still an issue in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner tells GoodTimes.ca . ... Read more
When drafting a workplace drug and alcohol policy, it can often be a challenge for employers to balance employee rights with the company’s need to operate a safe and ... Read more
(Feb. 9, 2017 — Toronto) — With the U.S. president showcasing an abrasive and aggressive leadership style to the world, the question of what makes a boss "horrible" ... Read more
Exemptions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 are less concerning than employers who inadvertently or deliberately violate the Act, says Toronto employment ... Read more
By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman The workplace is no longer what it used to be, and the circumstances that an employer must accommodate continue to expand. Be it childcare ... Read more
In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner discussed whether employers should have to take a mandatory course on employment ... Read more
(Jan. 12, 2017 — Toronto, ON) — The holiday season is over but for some, the revelry continues long after the New Year’s celebrations. But if ... Read more
By Stuart Rudner and David Master Managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace is one of the most difficult issues for employers. Some common questions are: Are ... Read more
Policies around the personal use of technology in the workplace can vary depending upon the nature of an employee’s role, with those who work ‘nine-to-five’ ... Read more
The controversy over “Fashion Santa,” who hasn't returned to the Yorkdale Shopping Centre this year, highlights the temporary nature of seasonal employment ... Read more
In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner discussed the balancing act between employers and employees when it comes to restrictive ... Read more
In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner explained why employers should avoid rushing to judgment when dismissing an employee, as ... Read more
By Stuart Rudner and Cody Yorke With the winter holidays fast approaching, as well as the end of the year, we thought it would be a good time to address issues ... Read more