Bram Lecker

Bram Lecker
Lecker & Associates
Employment & Labour

Bram Lecker, principal of Lecker & Associates in Toronto, represents employees and focuses on employment law.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Canadian studies from York University, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1983. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984.

Mr. Lecker litigates such matters as wrongful and constructive dismissal, severance, harassment in the workplace, and denial of disability benefits.

He has appeared before both provincial and federal courts, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Practising for more than 35 years, Mr. Lecker has been published in many newspapers, magazines and legal publications and frequently appears on television and radio to discuss Ontario employment law.

In addition, Mr. Lecker has been an instructor for the paralegal programs at Humber and Seneca Colleges and sits on the board for Family & Credit Counseling Services of York Region and The Economic Club of Canada. 

Bram Lecker In The News
Seek legal advice to maximize severance package

Terminated employees could be shortchanging themselves if they accept a severance offer without seeking legal advice, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker tells . Read more

Filing a claim with the labour board

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag . In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) governs the rules organizations must follow when they engage employees and service providers. The ESA also stipulates clear minimum standards for employee terminations. If your employer ended your employment and you believe your termination package is inadequate, you have two avenues to seek resolution. One of them involves  filing a claim with the Ministry of Labour , commonly referred to as the Labour Board. And the other process requires the services of an employment lawyer. You can file a Labour Board claim online and the process is free. However, before proceeding down this route, you must clearly understand the limitations associated with this choice. Read more

Understanding the importance of workplace harassment policies

Employers need well-defined policies that are readily accessible to staff to prevent workplace harassment, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker  tells . Read more

The non-compete clause and employee poaching

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag . Employers commonly include a non-compete clause in their offers of employment. Legally, the non-compete clause is referred to as a “restrictive covenant.” It attempts to restrict your trade by limiting your ability to work for a competitor or start a competitive business. Read more

Making a disability claim in Ontario

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag . Most of us spend large portions of our day working to earn a living. This is central to almost every adult’s life. Your job drives family routines and dictates your lifestyle. When an illness or injury strikes, it can occur gradually or strike suddenly. This can leave some of us temporarily or permanently disabled and unable to work. Without prudent financial planning, a disability can bring major lifestyle changes and result in tremendous financial hardship. This is why all Ontario workers should understand where to seek income replacement when facing a disability. Here is a guide for making a disability claim in Ontario. Read more

Be wary when signing termination clauses: Lecker

Termination clauses are one of the most litigated sections of employment contracts and could make the whole agreement void if not written precisely, says Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker . Read more

Medical marijuana and workplace intoxication

By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner . Marijuana is now legal in Canada. As planned, Bill C-45 (The Cannabis Act ) became law on October 17, 2018. And with it, Canadian employers must adapt to the reality of cannabis use by their employees, both recreationally and medically. Read more

Bankruptcy muddies the waters for employees seeking severance

Employees could be substantially out of pocket if their employer goes bankrupt, says Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker . Read more

Summary judgment: fast tracking your wrongful dismissal lawsuit

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag. As the old saying goes,  the wheels of justice turn slowly.  This has never rung truer than it does right now. Ontario’s overtaxed court system provides cold comfort to people seeking timely and cost-effective settlements for their grievances. As a law firm that primarily represents employees, our clients often find themselves in court against Goliath-like employers with very deep pockets. Our plodded legal system puts them at a disadvantage because time is money for the legal profession. That is why, in 1985, we attempted to use an alternative court procedure, known as summary judgment, for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. It ended up paving the way for fast-tracking employment lawsuits. Read more

Age discrimination: cutting off benefits at 65

By Bram Lecker  and Kimberley Sebag. When the new millennium arrived, the Ontario government was put on notice, like many others across the western world. A massive demographic shift was about to affect workplaces. Baby Boomers were approaching retirement. At the time, the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) prohibited workplace discrimination for workers aged 18 to 65. Our laws supported mandatory retirement at age 65 when many Boomers were simply not ready to kick off their boots. Subsequently, in December 2006, Ontario eliminated mandatory retirement by removing the upper age limit from the Human Rights Code. Today, businesses require a specific reason, other than age, to terminate older workers. Age discrimination entered our lexicon and the OHRC protects you from it. Read more

Legal gap closing between temporary and full-time workers

Recent legislation closes the legal gap between temporary and full-time employees, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker tells . Read more

Misclassifying contract workers

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag. When  Bill 148, Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017  became law in January 2018, reforms to our employment laws were long overdue. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), which governs Ontario worker rights, inadequately addressed conditions uniquely faced by precariously employed workers. Read more

Disability benefits: no peace in peace of mind contracts

By Bram Lecker . Many employers offer short and long-term disability Insurance benefits as enhancements to remuneration packages. These valuable extra perks, often used as carrots, allow them to attract the best candidates and retain valued employees. Disability benefits provide you with a modicum of security, both financial and psychological. They promise income replacement if you are suddenly taken ill or disabled. That is why the legal community refers to disability benefits agreements as  peace of mind contracts . However, employees receiving such benefits are usually quite unaware of the special nature of such contractual relationships. Read more

Tread carefully when offering unpaid summer internships

Employers who plan to use unpaid summer interns should tread carefully, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker tells . Read more

Fired while ill?

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher. For most of us, a secure job is one of the most important pillars in our life. It is a mainstay to financial security. Our employment laws are written with a general understanding that employers proceed with utmost caution when they fire an employee. While your employer can fire you for whatever reason they deem fit, the reason cannot be discriminatory. Disability is one such area of discrimination. Experienced employment lawyers have seen too many cases that go beyond the limits of decency, particularly in the case of individuals who are fired while ill and receiving  short-term disability  (STD) or  long-term disability (LTD) benefits . Read more

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