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
Best timing for mediation varies by case: Rudner

The best time for mediation in an employment dispute depends on the circumstances of the case, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner  tells  ... Read more

Sale of business and the effect on employees

By Stuart Rudner If a business is sold and the new owner keeps the employees, have they entered into a new contract of employment? This is a question that we are asked all ... Read more

How not to work with your mediator

Counsel for both parties involved in an employment dispute can make or break the chances of settlement with their approach to mediation, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator ... Read more

Drinking and driving may not be cause for dismissal

By Stuart Rudner   Previous court decisions have confirmed that an employee’s  conduct outside of work  may form the basis for the termination of their ... Read more

Stuart Rudner's media roundup

Toronto-area employment lawyer Stuart Rudner is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on ... Read more

Time for employers to update drug policies in light of marijuana legalization

Employers need to review and update their workplace drug policies before recreational marijuana becomes legal this fall, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  ... Read more

Is an employee entitled to their pre-leave job when they return?

By Stuart Rudner   Employers are often challenged with return-to-work cases. It can be difficult for employers to balance their right to a productive workplace with a ... Read more

New personal emergency leave rules create headaches for employers

Employers are entitled to be confused about Ontario’s new personal emergency leave (PEL) rules, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells ... Read more

Employers should review benefits plans after HRTO ruling: Rudner

Employers across Ontario should review their benefit plans in case they have to change them following a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) decision impacting workers age ... Read more

Flexibility key to good mediation

Choosing the right mediator enhances the chance of settlement for both sides of a dispute, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Employers should rethink no-reference policy: Rudner

There is no good reason for an employer to have a policy against providing references, and in fact, it will usually be in an organization’s best interests to help a former ... Read more

Looking to revoke an employee’s work from home agreement?

By Stuart Rudner   As technology advances, many companies are open to giving their employees the flexibility to work from home. But what happens when you want to start ... Read more

A workplace policy on employees reporting colleagues' impairment

Employers should consider a workplace policy calling for employees to report a co-worker's suspected impairment, even though there is no legislative requirement to do so, ... Read more

How NOT to work with your employment lawyer

By Stuart Rudner  and Nadia Zaman Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet ... Read more

Every employer should use non-solicitation covenants – here’s why

By Stuart Rudner Is your business currently in a growth phase? Perhaps you’re trying to create as much transferable value as possible so you can one day exit. Or ... Read more

Preparation and mediation go hand in hand: Rudner

Preparing the parties for mediation — and letting them know the possible outcomes — is the responsibility of counsel, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator ... Read more

Use caution when attempting to cut labour costs

Employers attempting to reduce labour costs must ensure they’re not violating an employment contract or they risk venturing into precarious legal territory, says Toronto ... Read more

Income from second job can be mitigation

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin It is trite to say that dismissed employees have a duty to mitigate their damages by seeking replacement employment. But what happens if ... Read more

Employers fail to investigate at their own peril

By Stuart Rudner The #metoo movement should not change employers’ response to allegations of harassment: investigate before penalizing Although he would ... Read more

Blind selection versus quotas to promote diversity

A proposed amendment that would require companies to set internal targets to increase under-represented groups on boards of directors raises a much bigger issue around how to ... Read more

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