Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner
Rudner MacDonald LLP
Founding Partner
Employment & Labour

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. 

Stuart Rudner In The News
The duty of good faith in employment contracts

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

Clearing up misconceptions about termination and severance pay

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

Document everything if age discrimination suspected

Although there is no longer mandatory retirement at 65, age discrimination is still an issue in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner tells . ... Read more

Clear policy on drug and alcohol use best option for employers

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

‘Horrible’ bosses share one common trait: they’re bullies

(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

ESA exemptions fit nature of job roles in most cases

Exemptions under the  Employment Standards Act, 2000  are less concerning than employers who inadvertently or deliberately violate the Act, says Toronto employment ... Read more

How to respond to requests for accommodation

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

Employment law basics, summary dismissals merit close scrutiny

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

Drunk or high at work? Get ready for tough consequences

(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

Managing attendance and absenteeism

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

Line 'blurred' for lawyers around personal use of tech at work

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

Fashion Santa and the need to get seasonal agreements in writing

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

Workplaces seeking balance on non-competition, accommodation issues

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

Proceed with caution when considering employee dismissal

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

The ins and outs of vacations in Ontario

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

‘Tis the season to hire seasonal workers

November 28, 2016 (Toronto) —  ’Tis the season for retailers, restaurants and recreational companies to hire part-time workers. It can be a great way for ... Read more

Don't sign your severance package without getting advice

Employees could be leaving a significant amount of money on the table if they fail to contact a lawyer before signing a severance package, says Toronto employment lawyer Stuart ... Read more

The investigation saga continues

By Stuart Rudner Sometimes I feel like a broken record (if you are old enough to know what that means), as I continue to tell our clients and anyone else who will listen ... Read more

Dealing with rogue CEOs spiraling out of control

By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Donald Trump has, for better or worse (likely worse), captured the attention of the world. His behaviour has been so inappropriate and ... Read more

Mistake to ignore reality of employee role, accommodation request

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner  discussed why treating your worker as an independent contractor does not ... Read more

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