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
Courts clarify law on references, benefits for former employees

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer  Stuart Rudner discussed why there is generally no reason not to provide substantive references ... Read more

Gap in Canada's employee laws stings Sears' workers: Rudner

A gap in Canada’s employee protection laws is evident in Sears Canada’s denial of severance pay to 2,900 laid off workers while it seeks creditor protection, says ... Read more

Latest chapter in employment law: probationary period termination

By Stuart Rudner and David Master In this edition of  The Latest Chapter , we discuss termination during the probationary period and the recent decision by the Ontario ... Read more

A guide to employment contracts: Rudner and MacDonald

An employment contract is a critical agreement that covers more than salary and vacation, and there are a number of considerations to keep in mind before signing, Toronto ... Read more

Latest Chapter in Employment Law: contractors, termination

By Stuart Rudner and David Master In this edition of  The Latest Chapter , we discuss the ongoing issue of misclassification of workers, and whether some people working ... Read more

Ontario's minimum labour and employment standards may get a raise

Premier Kathleen Wynne has outlined proposed changes to the province's employment and labour laws to include a boosting of the general minimum wage to $15 by 2019, changes to ... Read more

Court of Appeal strikes down termination clause

By Stuart Rudner  and Geoffrey Lowe  The ongoing saga of judicial interpretation of termination clauses continues: recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal released ... Read more

Take care when signing employment contract, preparing for mediation

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner discussed the importance of reading   the fine print in your employment contract and ... Read more

Duty to accommodate employees with medical marijuana prescription

As medical marijuana is used more frequently, it will become crucial for employers to handle requests for accommodation appropriately, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner ... Read more

Four types of marijuana users in the workplace

Different types of marijuana users are expected to raise issues in the workplace with legalization on the horizon, Toronto employment lawyers Stuart Rudner and Richa Sandill ... Read more

New OHRC guidelines detail obligations in accommodation requests

New guidelines from the Ontario Human Rights Commission clarify that employers can request some personal information from   workers seeking accommodation for disabilities, ... Read more

Employers must be mindful of obligations around medical leave

Employers need to be aware that human rights legislation requires them not to discriminate against or terminate an employee on medical leave, and to accommodate that worker ... Read more

Using laptops at home could lead to overtime claims

Companies that expect workers to bring laptops or smartphones home should set clear policies to avoid potential overtime claims, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner writes ... Read more

Millennial grads face reality of part-time, contract work

(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

Review of ESA reflects changing nature of the workplace

Toronto employment lawyer  Stuart Rudner  says upcoming changes to Ontario's  Employment Standards Act  reflect the shifting nature of the modern ... Read more

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

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