Lisa M. Bolton

Lisa is an accomplished litigator with significant experience acting for organizations of all sizes, operating in a variety of industries. Former General Counsel of a public multinational technology company, Lisa’s understanding of and appreciation for the client perspective enables her to help clients manage risk through a variety of business solutions and, where appropriate, use litigation to advance business goals.

Lisa’s expertise includes:

Chair of the firm’s Professional Services Group, Lisa is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences, and is widely published on a variety of matters relating to employment and labour law.

Lisa is a member of the following organizations: Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Corporate Counsel, Privacy, and Workers’ Compensation), Advocates’ Society, Human Resources Professionals Association, Retail Council of Canada and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Lisa is also a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee of Responsible Distribution.

 

Publications and Media Mentions:

WITH LEGALIZED MARIJUANA AROUND THE CORNER…What is the state of the law on drug and alcohol testing in Canada

Access Canada (the publication of the Scaffold Industry Association of Canada) - Fall 2017

Employment Law 101 - What Every Employer Should Know ... and Do

Dialogue - March 2017

Employment Law 101 - What Every Employer Should Know ... and Do

FranchiseVoice - February 2017

Decriminalizing of Marijuana Creating a Buzz for Employers

Dialogue - December 2016

Managing a Difficult Employee: What Every Manufacturing Employer Needs to Know… and Do!

20/20 the magazine of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - October 2016

Decriminalizing of Marijuana Creating a Buzz for Employers

20/20 the magazine of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - September 2016

Decriminalizing of Marijuana Creating a Buzz for Employers

Resilient Communities Ontario, E-Newsletter - August 2016

Heat, Storms, Hazardous Plants and Insects – What employers need to know and do to keep outdoor workers safe this summer and fall

Canadian Employment Law Today - June 9, 2016

Decriminalizing of Marijuana Creating a Buzz for Employers

In Touch - Real Estate Institute of Canada - Summer 2016

Decriminalizing of Marijuana Creating a Buzz for Employers

Chemunicator magazine - Summer 2016

Vaccinate or Mask Policy Found To Be Unreasonable

Canadian Employment Law Today - January 6, 2016

“Vaccinate or Mask” Policy Found to Be Unreasonable

Sherrard Kuzz LLP - November 23, 2015

Dealing With Workplace Medical Marijuana

Canadian Lodging News - July 4, 2015

Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

Canadian Lodging News - July 2015

Employment Contracts - What Every Employer Should Know...and Do

The Chemunicator - Summer 2015

The Off Duty Conduct Debate

Canadian Lodging News - May 2015

Dealing With Workplace Medical Marijuana

Canadian Lodging News - April 2015

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation – Is your organization compliant?

Dialogue (OEL) - March 2015

When all else fails: Dismissing difficult employees

Canadian Lodging News - February 2015

Managing a Difficult Employee: What Every Employer Needs to Know… and Do!

Financial Executives International - January 2015

Managing a Difficult Employee

Canadian Lodging News - January 2015

Is a drug-free workplace a thing of the past? Medical marijuana creates a buzz for employers

Canadian Employment Law Today - September 17, 2014

Is a drug-free workplace a thing of the past? Medical marijuana creates a buzz for employers

Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association - Fall 2014

Medical Marijuana Sparks a Buzz for Employers

Daily Commercial News - August 21, 2014

Ownership of Inventions – A cautionary tale for manufacturing employers

20/20 Magazine - April 2014

Good news on layoffs for Ontario employers

Canadian Employment Law Today - October 16, 2013

Ontario's Managerial Exemption enforcement blitz - Is your retail operation prepared?

Canadian Employment Law Today - October 3, 2013

Good News for Employers: Temporary Layoffs Just Got Easier

HR Fusion - August 2013

What in-house counsel should know about the workplace investigation

InHouse, Canadian Lawyer - February 27, 2012

'Traumatic' decision: WSIAT reconsiders entitlement to traumatic mental stress benefits

Canadian Occupational Safety - February 14, 2012

A traumatic decision? Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal reconsiders entitlement to traumatic stress benefits

Canadian Employment Law Today - January 25, 2012

Conducting a Workplace Investigation: What Every Retirement Home Operator Needs to Know

RetirementHomes.com - January 6, 2012

Complaint Management 101: Legal Requirements and Strategies for Retirement Home Owners and Managers

RetirementHomes.com - August 30, 2011

Privacy Challenges for Retirement Home Providers

RetirementHomes.com - July 4, 2011

Is An Injury Work - Related?

Workplace Safety Group “E” - Letter - July 2011

What constitutes a workplace accident?

Labor Tek - June 01, 2011

Constructive dismissal class action rejected

Canadian Employment Law Today - June 1, 2011

Retirement Home Injury Reporting: The Obligation to Report a Critical Injury of a Non-Worker

RetirementHomes.com - May 17, 2011

What constitutes a workplace accident?

Canadian Employment Law Today - May 4, 2011

Is an injury work-related?

Canadian HR Reporter - April 25, 2011

Is An Injury Work - Related?

OLE Dialogue Issue 33-2 - Spring 2011

Challenging a worker's right to sue

Canadian HRReporter - January 31, 2011

Health and safety obligations for travelling and frequently out-of-office employees

Canadian Safety Reporter - January 2011

Baby Boom or Bust

HRIA - NETWORK - Winter 2010

Machine Safety 101

Manufacturing Automation - November/December 2010

Making Sense of Overtime Class Actions

Canadian Employment Law Today - June 2, 2010

Does Employer Have to Share Internal Accident Investigation Reports with Labour Ministry?

Canadian Safety Reporter - May 2010

Countdown to Bill 168

Ontario Electrical League Dialogue - Issue 32-2 - Spring 2010

Preparing for Economic Recovery - Alternatives to Terminations

Network Magazine - Human Resources Institute of Alberta - Spring 2010

Surviving Tough Economic Times: Alternatives to Terminations

Human Resources Professionals Association, Peel Chapter - 2009

 

Speaking Engagements:

A Lawyer’s Perspective on Crisis Communication
Responsible Distribution Canada – Semi Annual Meeting - November 8, 2017

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) Durham Chapter - October 25, 2017

Workplace Investigations: How to Comply with the Law and Manage Risk
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - February 1, 2017

New Frontiers of Accommodation: Medical Marijuana and Mental Health
HRPA – Peterborough Chapter Employment Law Conference - January 25, 2017

Privacy Challenges Presented by Technology in the Workplace
HRPA – Peterborough Chapter Employment Law Conference - January 25, 2017

Buzzed in the Workplace? Best Practices for Dealing with Employee Drug and Alcohol Issues
Canadian Society of Association Executives (“CSAE”), 7th Annual CSAE Trillium Chapter Winter Summit - January 19, 2017

What You Need to Know—A Guide to Employment and Labour Law Basics
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) - November 3, 2016

Drugs and Alcohol in the workplace
27th Annual Schedule 2 Employers Group Conference - Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) - October 5, 2016

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
Barrie Construction Association - June 21, 2016

Managing Health and Safety Risk for Construction Companies – What Owners and Supervisors Can and Should Do
Building & Concrete Restoration Association of Ontario - April 27, 2016

Falling From Heights - Due Diligence Means MORE Than Just Training
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Partners in Prevention 2016 Health & Safety National Conference - April 26, 2016

A Year in Review: Key Canadian Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2015 and What to Expect in 2016
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA - February 24, 2016

Employment Contracts – a Legal Perspective
Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors - October 27, 2015

Protecting the Franchise Brand from Employee Off-Duty Conduct
Canadian Franchise Association - October 7, 2015

Protecting the Bottom Line! Tips to Minimize Employment and Labour Risk
Port Colborne Chamber of Commerce - October 6, 2015

Social Media and the Workplace
Burlington Chamber of Commerce - September 22, 2015

The Art of Negotiating
SGH Chapter WFEN - April 30, 2015

Ministry of Labour Audits, Inspections & Investigations: - Managing Risk and Avoiding Corporate Liability
HR Reporter Webinar - April 29, 2015

Employment Law Issues for SMEs
Financial Executives International - April 16, 2015

2014 Hottest Labour and Employment Developments
2015 Retail Human Resources Conference – Retail Council of Canada - April 1, 2015

The Independent Contractor – All that glitters is not gold
Toronto Construction Association - March 4, 2015

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – Is Your Organization Compliant
Languages Canada 8th Annual Conference - March 3, 2015

Workplace Safety and WSIB Claims Management: Doing It Right
Ontario Road Builders Association - February 23, 2015

Records and Information Management for Human Resources Professionals
Human Resources Professionals Association - December 9, 2014

Employee Misuse of Workplace Technology – How to Protect Your Organization
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - December 3, 2014

2014’s Hottest Employment and Labour Developments – Is Your Organization Prepared for 2015?
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - November 27, 2014

Managing a Workplace Ebola Scare
Human Resources Professionals Association - November 27, 2014

2014’s Hottest Employment and Labour Developments – Is Your Organization Prepared for 2015?
Ontario Electrical League - November 19, 2014

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming a Co-Employer
Ontario Bar Association, 14th Annual Franchise Law Conference – Session and Roundtable - November 18, 2014

Is a Drug-Free Workplace a Thing of the Past?
Human Resources Professionals Association - November 13, 2014

Picketing and Injunctions – The Law and Practice Regarding Pickets, Strikes and Injunctions
Law Society of Upper Canada - November 6, 2014

Advising Clients on Labor and Employment Law – Issues in Germany, Mexico, and Canada
Colorado Business Law Institute - October 30, 2014

Demographic Doom or Experience Boon: Managing an Aging Workforce
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 29, 2014

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming a Co-Employer
Canadian Franchise Association, Webinar - September 23, 2014

All That Glitters is Not Gold – The Independent Contractor
Barrie Construction Association - September 18, 2014

Certificate for Accounting Professionals
Human Resources Professionals Association - August 13, 2014

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and What It Means for the Construction Industry
Toronto Construction Association - June 19, 2014

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and What It Means for the Construction Industry
Hamilton-Halton Construction Association - June 17, 2014

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and What It Means for the Homecare Industry
Ontario Home Care Association - June 16, 2014

Employee Misuse of Workplace Technology – How to Protect Your Organization
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - June 5, 2014

The Independent Contractor – All That Glitters is Not Gold
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - May 27, 2014

Facing a Labour Disruption? Strategies to Gain Leverage & Win!
AIMAC, Annual Spring Labour Summit - April 15, 2014

Privacy, Surveillance & Social Media: Understanding an Employer’s Rights and Obligations
Canadian Franchise Association, 2014 National Convention - April 8, 2014

Health & Safety: What You Need to Know; What You Need to Do
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters - March 19, 2014

Executive Employment Innovation – Employment Contracts & Positive Employee Relations
Financial Executives International - March 3, 2014

Ensuring Compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Requirements: Doing It Right
Ontario Road Builders Association - February 27, 2014

The Independent Contractor – All That Glitters is Not Gold
Financial Executives International - February 4, 2014

The Employment Swiss Army Knife: What Every Franchisor Should Provide to ensure Brand Protection (Policies and Procedures)
Canadian Franchise Association, 2014 Law Day - January 30, 2014

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Retail Council of Canada, Webinar - January 21, 2014

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Retail Council of Canada, Webinar - December 10, 2013

Family Status – How Far Does an Employer Need to Go?
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - November 5, 2013

Privacy and Surveillance: Understanding an Employer’s Rights and Obligations
Burlington Chamber of Commerce - October 22, 2013

Preparing Your Business for a Strike or Work Stoppage – Plan, Prepare and Execute
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 9, 2013

Privacy and Surveillance in the Workplace
Business Executives Organization - September 6, 2013

Avoiding OHSA Availability: Do You Have What It Takes?
Human Resources Professionals Association Learning Centre - August 8, 2013

Managing Employee Leaves
HR Reporter, Thomson Reuters - July 16, 2013

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming a Co-Employer
Canadian Franchise Association, 2013 National Convention - April 8, 2013

Preparing for a Workplace Audit or Inspection
Financial Executives International - January 23, 2013

As Easy as E.S.A.! The Employment Standards Act for Franchise Owners – Must Know and Best Practices to Reduce Risk and Maximize Opportunity
Canadian Franchise Association, Webinar - December 4, 2012

Building the Psychologically Safe Workplace: Assembling Your Toolkit
Lancaster House, Workplace Safety and Insurance Conference - November 14, 2012

Preparing for Workplace Inspections – Know Your Rights and Obligatiosn
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 23, 2012

Accessibility in Ontario: Understanding Evolving Requirements under AODA
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 18, 2012

How to Make Sure You Preserve Privilege When Managing Internal Investigations – Conducting Internal Investigations
Canadian Institute - October 2, 2012

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - September 18, 2012

Plaintiff vs. Defence – Case Study, Civil Litigation
Retail Council of Canada, Retail Loss Prevention Conference - September 12, 2012

What’s New? Update on Bill 168 and AODA
Business Executives Organization - September 7, 2012

Protecting the Bottom Line! 8 Ways to Minimize Employment and Labour Risk
RetirementHomes.com, Webinar - August 16, 2012

Records Retention and Information for HR
Human Resources Professionals Association - July 24, 2012

Will You Be Ready If Your Union Decides to Strike?
AFI International Group, Business Continuity Summit - March 27, 2012

Avoiding OHSA Liability – Do You Have What It Takes?
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - March 6, 2012

Protecting the Bottom Line! 8 Ways to Minimize Employment and Labour Risk
Financial Executives International - March 1, 2012

Stop That! Inunctions in Labour and Employment
Ontario Bar Association Institute, Labour Institute - February 9, 2012

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Toronto Construction Association - November 16, 2011

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities: Is Your Company Ready for January 1, 2012?
Human Resources Professionals Association – Barrie & District Chapter, 8th Annual Conference - October 25, 2011

Bill 160 – What Every Employer Needs to Know
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 20, 2011

Cross Canada Employment Law Check Up
CACE Conference - September 24, 2011

Labour Injunctions
Lancaster House, Webinar - September 8, 2011

Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
Human Resources Professionals Association - April 12, 2011

I Completely Screwed Up – How Much Do I Have to Pay? (An Overview of Damage Award Cases)
Human Resources Professionals Association - March 23, 2011

Managing Personal Information in the Workplace: What Every Employer Should Know
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - March 3, 2011

Employment Law Update, Managing Medically Based Absenteeism, Conducting Harassment Investigations
Human Resources Professionals Association – Durham Chapter, Employment Law Conference - January 19, 2011

Managing Disability from the Inside Out
Human Resources Professionals Association - December 6, 2010

Workshop on Bill 168: Exercising Your Rights, Meeting Your Obligations Under Ontario’s New Bill 168
Lancaster House and University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations - October 25, 2010

Preparing for a Workplace Health and Safety Investigation
Human Resources Professionals Association, Webinar - October 14, 2010

Bill 168: Violence and Harassment in the Workplace – A Practical Guide to Managing the New Law
Human Resources Professionals Association of West Toronto, Employment Law Conference - June 15, 2010

Violence and Harassment in the Workplace: A Practical Guide to Managing the New Law
Ontario Dental Association, Annual Spring Meeting - May 13-15, 2010

Bill 168: Violence and Harassment in the Workplace
Toronto Construction Association - May 11, 2010

Bill 168 – Violence and Harassment in the Workplace: A Practical Guide to Managing the New Law
Ontario Electrical League, Electrical Industry Conference - May 7, 2010

Working in Confined Spaces
Canadian Occupational Safety, Roundtable - March 31, 2010

Bill 168: Violence and Harassment in the Workplace – A Practical Guide to Managing the New Law
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Breakfast Seminar - March 25, 2010

Frequently Asked Employment & Labour Law Questions – And Then Some!
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Breakfast Seminar - January 21, 2010

Managing Terminations
Human Resources Professionals Association - November 10, 2009

Managing Employees in Uncertain Economic Times
Human Resources Professionals Association of Peel - April 29, 2009

Contingency Planning & Execution Strategies for Labour Disputes – Injunctions
AFI International Group Inc. – Business Continuity Summit - April 28, 2009