Law Society of Ontario
Brock University, B.A. (Hons.)
Queen’s University, LL.B.
American Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Dan is an experienced legal advisor, collective bargaining spokesperson and labour litigator who has been assisting employers in all areas of workplace law for over 20 years. He is repeatedly recognized as one of the leading labour relations lawyers in Canada by Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Dan represents employers in both the public and private sectors including: Education; Long-Term Care; Power Generation and Distribution; Waste Management; Construction; Manufacturing; Engineering; Food Production; Meat Processing; Transportation; Retail; Pharmaceutical; and Information Technology.
He is well known for providing both practical and strategic advice to his clients in a timely and comprehendible manner, resulting in creative and cost effective solutions that best suit his client’s sector, individual business and specific needs.
Dan is also very well known for being one of the most experienced labour litigators in Ontario having appeared as counsel in hundreds of hearings before Rights and Interest Arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
He assists and represents employers on a broad array of matters including: grievance arbitrations; human rights complaints; employment standards complaints; unfair labour practice complaints; union organizing; applications for certification; unlawful strikes; merger, acquisition, sale and restructuring of a business; and policy creation.
Dan is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour and Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of both the Ontario and American Bar Associations. He is also the Co-Chair of Mathews Dinsdale’s Associates Committee and a regular Speaker in the Firm’s webinar series.
Representative experienceJune 2020
Successfully argued before an Arbitrator that an Employer could post a vacancy by listing only the classification being filled and not the specific job within the classification that would be performed, thereby giving the Employer flexibility to move employees within jobs.June 2020
Successfully argued before an Arbitrator that an Employer had the right to schedule both mandatory regular and mandatory overtime shifts on weekends under its Collective Agreement.August 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievance claiming that employer was required to grant employees in a plant a lieu day, in addition to paying a premium for overtime, for hours worked on a statutory holiday. Counsel: Daniel LeoneAugust 2019
Arbitrator concludes that Employer not responsible for Retail Sales Tax on the employee portion of a benefit premium. Counsel: Daniel LeoneNovember 2018
Arbitrator upheld termination of long service employee who had engaged in harassment in the workplace and aggressive behaviour. Counsel: Daniel LeoneJuly 2018
Successfully argued before the Ontario Labour Relations Board that a group of supervisors ought to be included in a bargaining unit, despite the fact that they were listed by the Employer on the Notice of Project as being the Employer Representative and responsible for the project. The effect of the supervisors being included in the bargaining unit was that the Union did not have sufficient membership cards signed to be certified.January 2018
Successfully argued at Arbitration that an Employer was not required to maintain an employee’s wage rate at a higher rate where the employee elected to exercise bumping rights under the Collective Agreement to a new, but lower paying, position.December 2016
Arbitrator dismissed grievance claiming that Employer had inappropriately applied posting process resulting in the cancellation of a temporary vacancy. Counsel: Daniel LeoneMay 2016
Successfully argued at Arbitration that the Employer’s calculation of a retirement gratuity under the Collective Agreement had been correctly done, resulting in the dismissal of the grievance.
Industry recognitionBest Lawyers® in Canada
Labour and Employment LawCanadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Construction Labour Relations