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 Posts

Recession alarm — how secure is your job?

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher In recent weeks, economists and journalists alike are sounding the alarm of a pending recession. U.S.-China trade tensions, a shrinking European economy and rising inflation leave analysts nervous about the state of the world economy. Read more

Ontario labour laws advanced by U.S. company

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher Ontario labour laws evolve by nature. Decisions rendered by courts set precedents and add to a jurisprudence that primarily remains pro-employee. Read more

Exploring legal options for pay-equity complaints

Comparators are key to pay-equity claims, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

Harassed employee awarded $200,000 from former employer

A $200,000 damage award in favour of a fired employee should serve as a warning to all employers to take the problem of harassment seriously, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

Harassment at work? Employers, take heed!

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher . In recent years, the media has cast a spotlight on the topic of harassment at work. As employment lawyers, we regularly bear witness to this despicable phenomenon through our clients. It portrays human relationships at their worst. Read more

Older workers short-changed by employment laws

Older workers are getting a raw deal in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

The termination letter: Lecker

By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner . If you have just lost your job , do not sign the termination letter or release until an employment lawyer has vetted the documents properly for you. Any experienced lawyer will offer this solid advice because these documents are legally binding. Read more

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