Amelia Phillips

Amelia Phillips
MacDonald & Associates
Employment & Labour

Amelia Phillips, an associate with the firm MacDonald & Associates in Toronto, focuses on employment law.

After graduating from the International Baccalaureate, Ms. Phillips graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College in 2004. She earned her Juris Doctor from Western University in 2009 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Focusing on employment law, Ms. Phillips handles corporate litigation matters, including injunctive relief cases. Her clients include large corporations and municipal and provincial governments.

In law school, Ms. Phillips was an editor for The Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence. She completed her degree on exchange to the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law where she was selected to clerk at an international court.

After her call to the bar, Ms. Phillips founded and subsequently sold, a global company before re-entering the legal profession in 2017.

In addition to her legal career, Ms. Phillips sits on the board of directors for Trails Youth Initiatives, a non-profit that works with vulnerable youth.

Amelia Phillips Posts

When does the clock start to run in a wrongful termination case?

By Amelia Phillips On June 28, 2019, the Divisional Court denied leave to appeal this decision. The case was a rule 21 motion to dismiss, inter alia, the plaintiff’s claim as against three of his former co-workers. Read more

Medical cannabis use at work – know the facts

When it comes to the use of medicinal cannabis at work, there’s still a great deal of misinformation concerning employee rights and employer obligations, says Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips. Read more

Phillips to share insights on medical cannabis use and privacy at work

Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips will host a webinar for employers and employees on medical cannabis use and privacy at work. Read more

Phillips to present webinar on constructive dismissal

Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips will host a webinar for employers and employees on constructive dismissal. Read more

Social media do’s and don’ts for job hunters

Most working Canadians are active on social media, but they may be unaware that prospective employers could be viewing their online activity, Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips tells Read more

Can your employer ask for passwords to your social media accounts?

By Amelia Phillips . The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the federal privacy law for private-sector organizations. The Act sets out the ground rules for how companies must handle personal information in the course of their business operations, including human resources. Read more

Ride-sharing firm's employment contract illegal, unconscionable: OCA

By Amelia Phillips . In this case , the Ontario Court of Appeal found that the arbitration clause in a ride-sharing company’s driver services agreement and food delivery services agreement (the arbitration clause) amounted to both an illegal contracting out of a statutory employment standard; and an unconscionable imposition at common law. Read more

Tips for managing your online reputation

Negative comments or social media posts can have a significant impact on a person’s career path, and understanding how to protect yourself is critical, Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips tells Read more

Cross-examination by video conferencing: still the exception

By Amelia Phillips . Under what circumstances can a witness be compelled to attend cross-examination outside of the jurisdiction in which he/she lives versus, say, by video conferencing? While the law is evolving, examination by video conferencing is still the clear exception to the rule and for some good reasons. Read more

Varied life experience informs Phillips' employment law practice

Despite her relatively short time in practice, Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips brings a lifetime’s worth of experience to her work. Read more

When employers can require an IME as part of the duty to accommodate

By Amelia Phillips . In this case , the applicant was superintendent of schools at a school board. He had worked at the board (and its predecessor) since 1975. In 2010, the board appointed another individual as its director of education, a position that the applicant hoped to be considered for, but was not. This eventually triggered the applicant’s depression, which led to a two-year paid sick leave from work followed by his eventual resignation in 2013. Read more

Part-time employees must be paid at same rate as full-time workers

By Amelia Phillips . Formerly, the Employment Standards Act , 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (the ESA) did not require an employer to compensate a part-time, temporary, casual or contract employee the same as full-time employees doing substantially similar work. Bill 148, which introduced a number of significant updates to the ESA, has changed that. Read more