Stuart’s practice is focused on employment law. He provides clients with strategic advice regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and terminations.
Stuart has been repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada). He has also been named as one of Canada’s Top Legal Social Media Influencers. He speaks and writes regularly on employment law and litigation topics, as set out below under Publications & Presentations. Stuart has also been interviewed on television, radio and in print in relation to HR and employment law issues.
Stuart represents clients before courts, mediators and tribunals. He represented the Human Resources Professionals Association before the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc. At every stage, Stuart advises and represents his clients in a manner designed to achieve practical, cost-effective solutions.
Stuart speaks and writes extensively on employment law and litigation topics. He:
- authored You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada, published by Thomson Reuters
- authored the Employment and Labour chapter of Business Laws of Canada, published by Thomson Reuters
- authored the Employment Law chapter of Bullen & Leake and Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings, published by Thomson Reuters
- co-authored Canadian Employment Law Answers, published by Thomson Reuters
- is the Director of Osgoode Professional Development's certificate course - HR Law for HR Professionals
- provided the legal review of ClearSite’s Company Handbook Toolkit (and is their recommended employment lawyer)
- chairs Osgoode’s Annual Employment Law Conference
- responds to reader questions in the Ask an Expert column of Canadian Employment Law Today and Your Toughest HR Question in Canadian HR Reporter
- authors Legal Source, a regular column in Network, the official magazine of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta
- founded and moderates the Canadian HR Law Group on LinkedIn
- moderates and contributes to Miller Thomson LLP’s Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog
- has been interviewed on television, radio and in print on employment law issues
Stuart also acts as a mediator in employment-related disputes, assisting parties and their counsel to reach a resolution.
Stuart believes that an understanding of a client’s circumstances and concerns is vital to providing them with quality legal advice. At the same time, he ensures that his clients understand the legal process and the options available to them. His focus is the bottom line: helping clients to maximize results while minimizing costs.