Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith is the principal writer and editor of Canadian Employment Law Today and is also the employment law editor for Canadian HR Reporter. He has more than a decade of experience covering employment law issues and notable court decisions for these publications. Jeffrey’s areas of expertise include terminations, employment standards, constructive dismissal, and workplace human rights.

Jeffrey has maintained a blog discussing employment law issues since 2009 and hosts webinars on various topics featuring experts in the HR and legal professions. He also writes for Canadian Labour Reporter, summarizing recent arbitration decisions.

Jeffrey avidly follows several sports — and has dabbled in sports writing — and also enjoys sitting down with a good book.

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