Christopher Achkar

Christopher Achkar
Achkar Law
Founder & Principal
Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Employment & Labour, Human Rights

Christopher Achkar, founder of Achkar Law in Toronto, focuses on employment and labour law, human rights, and business litigation.

Working with both employees and employers, he assists with corporate and commercial litigation and disputes, including shareholder agreements, contract disputes, construction law, liens, incorporations, compliance, and other business law issues.

Mr. Achkar has appeared before multiple levels of court, including the Federal Court of Appeal, and represented clients at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Fluent in French and Arabic, Mr. Achkar is on the board of directors of Beyond Reasonable Doubt Community, a non-profit organization that helps spread legal awareness and access to justice.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates' Society, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Christopher Achkar In The News
Bill 174 (the Cannabis Act) — marijuana at the workplace

By Christopher Achkar The topic of marijuana at the workplace is of particular importance nowadays. On July 1, 2018, the Canadian government plans to introduce an ... Read more

Employers should tread lightly with bullying allegations

Employers must proceed with caution when it comes to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar ... Read more

Don't forget to mitigate in employment claims

The duty to mitigate their losses often comes as a nasty surprise to plaintiffs with constructive and wrongful dismissal claims, Toronto employment and human rights ... Read more

Rare EI case leads to call for service changes to avoid stress for claimants

An Ottawa woman was confused when she opened the letter from Service Canada and found not a cheque for sickness benefits, but a request for repayment totalling almost $5,000. ... Read more

To settle or not to settle: that is the question

Deciding when to settle and when to litigate hinges on a client's unique circumstances, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar . “To settle ... Read more

PTSD bill a positive step: Achkar

A private member's bill that would establish a federal framework to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a positive step in recognizing mental health issues faced by ... Read more

Employers need to understand new obligations under Bill 148

Employers will have to update their employment contracts to keep pace with the changes that accompany the  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act , Toronto labour and employment ... Read more

Bill 148: new changes to workplace legislation

By Christopher Achkar Employment and labour law change dynamically through case law and legislation, and recent reforms within Ontario have taken employers by storm. These ... Read more

Understanding the rights of probationary employees

Toronto labour and employment lawyer Christopher Achkar says employees should carefully examine the probationary clause in their employment contract before accepting a ... Read more

Reversal of controversial tax policy a good thing: Achkar

OTTAWA — The federal government appears to be doing away with a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get ... Read more

Include a termination clause in employment agreements: Achkar

Ontario employers should present all new hires with a solid employment contract that includes an enforceable termination clause to protect themselves from costly payouts if the ... Read more

Employee or contractor?

By Christopher Achkar Your employment has recently been terminated, and you are unsure what to do. Can you sue for wrongful dismissal? Are you entitled to reasonable notice? ... Read more

When terminated, choosing the right lawyer is vital: Achkar

No one should be afraid to make sure their rights are protected when they lose their job, even if they’ve been terminated from a large corporation, says Toronto labour, ... Read more

Vacation rights in Ontario: what you should know

With summer vacation season now in full swing, workers should know what vacation benefits they’re entitled to, says Toronto labour, employment, and human rights lawyer  ... Read more

Update workplace policies ahead of marijuana legalization

While there may not be a noticeable change in the number of employees using marijuana once it is legalized, employers must still update their policies and regulate its use in the ... Read more

Unpaid personal leave for workers could cause hardship for employers

TORONTO — A report commissioned by the Ontario government recommends all employees be granted a week of unpaid personal emergency leave a year. The Changing Workplaces ... Read more

Terminated while on probation

By Christopher Achkar What are probationary periods? Probation is a period within which an employee is tested by the employer to determine his or her suitability for ... Read more

Random drug testing could lead to discrimination

A recent decision that paves the way for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to begin randomly testing its workers for drug and alcohol use later this month is problematic on ... Read more

Carving a niche with personable, flexible service: Achkar

Last summer – just two months after he was called to the Ontario bar – Toronto labour, employment, and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar started his own firm. ... Read more

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