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Mathews Dinsdale welcomes new Associates

We would like to welcome new Associates Junggun Park and Dave Bushuev to the Toronto office, Carrie Koperski to the Victoria office, and Sarah Gray based in our Halifax office. Welcome to the Firm!

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Employers' Advisor

Employers’ Advisor June 2024

In this issue: 1) Employer Sets the Standard for Response to Discriminatory Conduct 2) Is This Legislation Fare? Court of Appeal Affirms that the TTC Act is Unconstitutional 3) Employers Strike Out at the Picket Line: Federal and BC Governments Amend Labour Codes in favour of Unions and Employees 4) Divisional Court Clarifies Employer Duty to Investigate and Address Sexual Harassment

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In A Flash

Ontario Court of Appeal shifts the focus away from “adequacy” of consideration in employment agreements

In Giacomodonato v. PearTree Securities Inc., 2024 ONCA 437, the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision that there was fresh consideration for the plaintiff’s second employment contract and confirmed that courts are concerned with the existence rather than the adequacy of consideration. Therefore, the second employment contract was enforceable and governed the plaintiff’s entitlements on the termination of his employment.

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Ontario Court Denies Certification in “Misclassification” Class Action

On June 3, 2024, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed a motion to certify a class action alleging misclassification of independent contractors on the basis of their assignment by a temporary help agency. The Court found that the issue of whether an individual was subject to an agreement to assign under section 74.3 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, (“ESA”) could not be determined on a class-wide basis.

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Mathews Dinsdale is delighted to announce the addition of its new Associate, Sarah Gray, to the Firm’s Halifax office. Welcome to the team!


Mathews Dinsdale is delighted to announce the addition of its new Associate, Carrie Koperski, to the Firm’s Victoria office. Welcome to the team!


We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our former Partner, Steve Bernardo, on July 3, 2024. His keen business instincts and his practical approach made him a significant figure in both Ontario and Federal labour law. Steve was an outstanding lawyer and a remarkable mentor to generations of younger lawyers at the Firm, whose careers he helped shape. He was highly respected in the legal community, and many in it considered him a friend. Steve will be profoundly missed. Our thoughts are with his family.


Mathews Dinsdale and our lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in workplace law by national and international legal and business publications.


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