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
Costly mistakes for startups

By Christopher Achkar . Startups are infant businesses and most have doomsday clocks – a deadline by which they must become profitable to survive. Success in the startup sphere depends on several elements, and adaptability to the many moving parts while adhering to legal standards greatly increases success rates. Read more

Limitation periods: Achkar

By Christopher Achkar . The merits of your case are important, but respecting limitation periods is paramount. If you file your claim too late – it may be thrown out. Read more

Criminal case offers lessons on workplace privacy

A criminal decision by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) offers valuable guidance to both employers and employees about workplace privacy, Toronto labour and employment lawyer  Christopher Achkar  tells . Read more

New changes to the Employment Standards Act: Bill 66

By Christopher Achkar . Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 has just received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019. Schedule 9 of Bill 66 addresses matters relating to employment law and amends the  Employment Standards Act   2000  ( ESA ) to facilitate some aspects of running a business as well as to reduce the regulatory burden placed upon employers. Read more

Employers’ top three misconceptions about legal services

Employers who take legal shortcuts could end up paying more to fix the situation than they initially saved, Toronto employment lawyer  Christopher Achkar  tells . Read more

Termination clauses: Achkar

By Christopher Achkar . In Ontario, the enforceability of a contract vis-à-vis a termination clause can be a great benefit or an unfortunate detriment for either employers or employees. Read more

The fine line between bullying and firm leadership

Bullying can be very clear to those on the receiving end, but employees are often unable to recognize it in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar . Read more

Be wary of free legal advice: Achkar

When they have trouble accessing justice, people often seek legal help “from all the wrong places,” Toronto employment lawyer  Christopher Achkar writes in the Toronto Star . Read more

The Ontario Human Rights Code – a primer

By Christopher Achkar . The Ontario  Human Rights Code  (the Code ) is intricate legislation which, after being passed in 1962, has protected provincially-regulated employees from bullying, harassment, other employment law issues connected to discrimination and violations of the Code. Read more

Getting up to speed on pot laws

Now that recreational cannabis is legal, employers should be familiar with how regulations will affect their workplaces, Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Uncertainty over termination clauses breeds employment litigation

Contradictory case law over the enforceability of termination clauses makes them one of the most-litigated parts of the employment contract, Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar  tells . Read more

When can an employer terminate for cause?

Just-cause terminations are a potential money saver for employers, but only if they’re done properly, says Toronto labour, employment, and human rights lawyer  Christopher Achkar .  Read more

The dos and don'ts of employee termination

The termination of an employee is fraught with dangers for employers, Toronto labour, employment, and human rights lawyer  Christopher Achkar  tells . Read more

Unpaid internships create legal and PR risks for employers

Employers may be liable for Employment Standards Act (ESA) violations even if their summer interns agree to work for free, Toronto labour, employment and human rights lawyer  Christopher Achkar  tells Read more

Five questions to ask when hiring employment lawyers in Ontario

By Christopher Achkar . Selecting an employment lawyer can be a daunting task. There are quite a few out there these days but only a few with the know-how required to represent your interests in an effective manner. Read more

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