Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner
Rudner Law
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
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

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

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

No bans necessary on office romances

Even in the #MeToo era, employers should steer clear of bans on office romance, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells . Rudner, ... Read more

Various legal options for employees facing harassment

Victims of workplace harassment should feel empowered to seek legal help, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner  tells ... Read more

Bus driver fired after caught using cellphone while behind the wheel

By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Just cause for dismissal? This fall,  a daycare bus driver in Surrey, B.C. was fired after the police caught her using her ... Read more

Employers: investigate harassment complaints before taking action

With the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo campaign impacting many workplaces, it’s important that organizations investigate before imposing discipline or dismissing ... Read more

Working efficiently with your lawyer

By Stuart Rudner Our lawyers  are here to help you. We want to do so efficiently and cost-effectively. However, we have seen some clients unwittingly hamper their own ... Read more

Making electronic discovery work: Rudner

When it comes to making electronic discovery work in litigation, it’s important for both sides to consult with one another early on in the process, Toronto-area employment ... Read more

What to do after being fired or laid off

When you’re fired or laid off, never accept a severance package without getting legal advice, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner . ... Read more

Off-duty conduct can lead to discipline, dismissal

While having to discipline employees for their off-duty conduct might seem like a novel issue, employers have long had to deal with the ill-advised actions of workers outside ... Read more

Knowledge crucial when resigning, investigating misconduct

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner discussed a few factors employees should keep in mind before giving ... Read more

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