Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner
Rudner Law
Founder
Employment & Labour

Founding partner of Toronto employment law firm Rudner Law, Stuart Rudner focuses his practice on all aspects of the employment relationship including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and termination.

He also acts as a mediator in employment-related disputes.

Mr. Rudner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Industrial Relations from McGill University.

Among his cases, Mr. Rudner represented the Human Resources Professionals Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in what is considered a leading employment law case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.

He has authored You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada and contributed to four employment law texts.

Mr. Rudner chairs and speaks at conferences frequently; is the founding program director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course and the new Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. He has been on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both HR Professional Magazine and Consult Carswell.

In addition, Mr. Rudner serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM); the Board of Directors of Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE); and the Advisory Committee for the Family Education Centre.

Mr. Rudner spent years on the board of directors and council of the Ontario Bar Association and the executive committee of several sections, including the labour and employment law section. He is also a member of the HRPA Registration Committee, as well as the Ontario Bar Association’s Audit Committee and Task Force on Alternative Business Structures

Stuart has donated time and energy to organizations including United Way of York Region, the Volunteer Lawyers Service, the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the One Voice Network, a York Region organization supporting agencies providing employment services to job seekers with disabilities and employers who wish to become equal opportunity employers. 

Stuart Rudner In The News
Not every breach of contract is cause for dismissal

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin . A British Columbia court recently ruled that an  employer  did not have just cause to terminate an  employee  even though the employee was in breach of her employment contract.  Read more

Harassment suspicion should trigger workplace investigation

Employers have an absolute duty to conduct fair and thorough workplace investigations, even in the absence of a formal complaint, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner . Read more

Seasons change and so do employment laws

By Stuart Rudner . Employers will be forgiven if they are tired of hearing about “changes to employment laws.” As Rudner Law discussed in our  2018 Year in Review , we have seen significant changes in several jurisdictions in recent times. Read more

Osgoode Law certificate course a hit with HR professionals

When Osgoode Professional Development saw the need for a certificate course to allow human resources specialists to develop a more thorough understanding of employment law, it approached Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner . Read more

HRTO: no authority to award costs to a successful party

By Stuart Rudner . What if someone files an entirely frivolous lawsuit against you, refuses to settle, and forces you to go all the way to trial, where you successfully defend the action? One would hope that you would be reimbursed for some of your legal costs. And in our civil court system, you would be. Read more

Stop the clock: mediation and limitation periods

By Stuart Rudner . This case  is another reminder of the many benefits of  mediation . As I have written in the past (see this post, among others,) mediation can save both parties time, money, and stress; but there is one bonus of mediation that may not be top of mind. Read more

ADR works to keep disputes out of the courtroom: Rudner

Most disputes arising out of the workplace can be settled efficiently through an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process rather than the courts, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Bad faith in the course of dismissal

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin . Generally speaking, an employee whose employment has been terminated is not entitled to additional damages for disappointment, embarrassment, or other psychological effects flowing from the loss of employment. Read more

Data security and privacy too low on priority lists: Rudner

Advances in technology can be a double-edged sword for companies and their employees, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Build fair dispute resolution plans into employment contracts: Rudner

Dispute resolution clauses are a productive method of ensuring that employment-related disputes can be resolved efficiently and effectively — provided they’re properly crafted, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner . Read more

Jury duty and leave of absence

By Stuart Rudner . Like it or not, as a Canadian citizen, you are expected to serve jury duty when summoned by your jurisdiction’s courthouse. And as an employer, some of your staff may be absent for that reason. While this is your  civic duty , there still exists some air of uncertainty about the subject matter when it comes to work leave for jury duty. Paid vs. unpaid leave, permitted vs. unpermitted leave – these are the most common questions that Canadian citizens face in their workplace when summoned for jury duty. Read more

Importance of community service emphasized at Rudner Law

Community service is a crucial part of Rudner Law's identity, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Comprehensive drug, alcohol policy serves employers best: Rudner

Employers should ensure they have an effective, realistic drug and alcohol policy rather than trying to create one specifically for cannabis, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer's Daily .   Read more

Arbitration underutilized in employment law: Rudner

Arbitration gives the parties to an employment dispute the chance to create their own specialized court, employment lawyer, mediator and arbitrator  Stuart Rudner  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Police record checks – new law on background checks

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin. On November 1, 2018, the process for conducting police record checks will change dramatically. On that date, the  Police Record Checks Reform Act  (the Act) comes into effect in Ontario, and it will impact how employers conduct police record checks and the types of information they can get. Read more

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