Stephen Moreau

Stephen Moreau
Cavalluzzo LLP
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Regulatory

Stephen Moreau, a partner with the Toronto firm Cavalluzzo LLP, focuses on litigation, labour and employment law and class actions.

After receiving his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 2001, Mr. Moreau earned his Master of Laws from the University of Toronto in 2004. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Focusing on employment law, civil litigation, class actions and professional regulation, Mr. Moreaus practice involves all industries and sectors, including health, technology, entertainment, financial services, and those employed in public service.

Being bilingual allows Mr. Moreau to assist his clients, including chiropractors, Crown counsel, nurses, lawyers, and police officers, in civil litigation and regulatory matters in both French and English.

He has represented unions, employees, and administrative agencies in litigation before courts, arbitrators, and numerous tribunals and agencies.

In addition, he has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

At the University of Manitoba, Mr. Moreau was awarded the University Gold Medal, worked for Legal Aid, and was an associate editor of the Manitoba Law Journal.

After finishing his studies, he clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justices L'Heureux-Dubé and Deschamps.

He was subsequently employed as legal counsel at the Law Branch of the Supreme Court and won a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Fellowship the following year to study public law, human rights, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Mr. Moreau is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Advocates Society, and the Association des juristes d'expression française de lOntario.

Stephen Moreau Posts

OCA affirms notice period exceptions granted in rare cases

Even though the Ontario Court of Appeal recently reduced a senior employee’s termination notice entitlements to 24 months from 30 — despite what seemed like exceptional circumstances — that does not mean courts are unwilling to exceed the usual two-year soft cap in other cases, says Toronto civil litigator Stephen Moreau. Read more

Benign housekeeping or self-protection? wonders Moreau

While the government says it’s just trying to improve the legal process for those who have a beef with the Crown, proposed legislative changes may actually deny justice to those with meritorious claims, Toronto civil litigator Stephen Moreau writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Class actions needed ‘when governments let us down’

Toronto class-action lawyer Stephen Moreau has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario government for its cancellation of the guaranteed income pilot project, reports CTV News. Read more

Federal Court approves settlement with moms denied extra EI benefits

Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau is “thrilled” that the Federal Court has approved a multimillion-dollar class-action settlement launched by people denied employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits because they were on parental leave at the same time as their illness, reports the Toronto Star . Read more

Theft motivated by addiction not necessarily a firing offence

Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau says a recent arbitration ruling provided a "significant win" for his client and sets in motion guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on how to treat employees who are suffering from an addiction. Read more

Moreau files class action against TV production company

A $45-million lawsuit has been launched against the production company that makes a number of popular TV programs — including Property Brothers — alleging wages and other benefits were unpaid to hundreds of contract production workers. Read CBC , CTV , Global Read more

Feds settle lawsuit with moms denied extra EI benefits for sick leave

OTTAWA — It was seven years ago this week that the federal government told new mom Jennifer McCrea she couldn't access sickness benefits while on maternity leave. Read more

Legal analytics lets lawyers cut down on ‘grunt work’

Legal analytical software can cut a firm’s research time by 75 per cent, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells the Canadian Bar Association’s National magazine. Read more

Systemic discrimination could now be ‘immune from review’

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling that supports the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision that it does not have the authority to determine if Canadian laws are discriminatory is "counter-intuitive," says Toronto litigator Stephen Moreau. Read more

Class actions for misclassification could clarify debate

A series of recently launched class-action lawsuits may help clarify the long-standing employee/contractor debate, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells the Law Times . Read more

Insurer must defend nurse in "groundbreaking" privacy breach case

A "groundbreaking" appeal court decision confirming that an insurance company has a duty to defend a nurse facing a privacy breach lawsuit could have a major impact on a fast-developing area of litigation, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells Read more

Employee vs. contractor at heart of proposed class action

A proposed class-action lawsuit against a Toronto-based private high school could help clarify the employee/contractor debate, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells the Toronto Star . Read more

OCA to decide if hospital’s insurer must defend nurse’s alleged breach

How insurers cover health practitioners in actions involving privacy breaches hinges on an Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) hearing slated for March, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells Read more

Hehr apologizes, pledges to do better after new complaint from Calgary mom

OTTAWA — Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr admitted to sometimes being "brash'' and "inappropriate'' after a fresh complaint of disrespect surfaced — this one from a Calgary woman engaged in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government. Read more

Termination clause uncertainty requires mature set of principles

Although a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling resolved a narrow but important issue relating to termination clauses — by holding that a void/illegal termination clause cannot be saved by a general severability clause commonly found in contracts — it is also another example of a decision in an area of law fraught with uncertainty, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more