Shana French

Shana is a leading lawyer whose sophisticated expertise includes the representation of management in several areas of employment and labour law, with particular emphasis on multinational entrance into Canada, compliance and risk management, policy globalization, executive and non-executive compensation, human rights and accommodation, workplace investigations, and wrongful and constructive dismissal. Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Shana was Legal Counsel to a telecommunications company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Shana is frequently asked to chair and speak at national conferences and for employer associations and clients.

Shana's expertise includes:

Shana is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Corporate Counsel, Privacy, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation), International Warehouse Logistics Association, and Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a graduate of University of New Brunswick Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from Trent University.

 

Publications and Media Mentions:

Mental Health Accommodation: Taking a New Approach

Canadian HR Reporter - April 17, 2017

OnePioneer And The Fight For LGBTQ Inclusion At A Beloved Summer Camp

Huffington Post - March 9, 2017

The “Women’s Strike”: What employers need to know

Canadian Business - March 7, 2017

Do You Have To Pay A Bonus Following Termination of Employment

HRReporter, Thomson Reuters - February 20, 2017

Doing away with a pecking order – “park the ego” in order to have successful collaboration

The Lawyers Weekly - May 20, 2016

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite…. Protecting the Corporate Brand and Employees

Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association - January 6, 2015

Scandals Ignite Conversation About Sexual Harassment in Canada

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management - November 24, 2014

The Elusive Magic Number: The recipe for the perfect severance package is difficult to master – and there are also costly damage options on the table

Executive Series Digest - Spring/Summer 2014

What does your tip-out policy say about you?

Canadian Employment Law Today - November 27, 2013

What does your tip-out policy say about you?

Canadian HR Reporter - October 21, 2013

Don't let the bedbugs bite - Protecting the corporate brand and employees

Canadian Employment Law Today - September 25, 2013

Empty Desks, Lost Profits: C-suite should watch absenteeism figures closely - it's an early warning sign of trouble

Canadian HR Reporter - June 2013

Ontario's human rights regime: No 'crisis' nor reason for 'complacency'

Canadian Employment Law Today - April 17, 2013

Ontario human rights regime gets passing grade

Canadian HR Reporter - January 28, 2013

Risk and Reward

Canadian Lawyer - May 30, 2012

Navigating the minefield of workplace depression

Canadian Lawyer - May 14, 2012

Managing risk starts with paperwork

The Bottom Line - January 2012

Paid Time Off to Observe Religious Custom

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce: Advocate - January 1, 2007

 

Speaking Engagements:

Legal/Medical Marijuana and Drug Testing
Employment Law Alliance, North America Client Conference - May 17, 2017

Job Re-Design: When does accommodation result in undue hardship?
LancasterHouse - May 9, 2017

Up In Smoke: The New Era of Workplace Drug Management
Verity International Limited - April 20, 2017

Managing Attendance at Work: Accommodating employees, respecting rights, curbing abuse
LancasterHouse - April 11, 2017

Dealing with Employees with Mental Health Issues: Ethical dilemmas confronting employer and union representatives
LancasterHouse, Audio Conference - December 15, 2016

5th Annual Human Rights Summit
The Law Society of Upper Canada - December 8, 2016

Employment Law Update - Effectively managing attendance issues, including sick leaves
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) - December 7, 2016

What a Difference a Year Makes! Lessons from 2016 & Tips for 2017!
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - December 6, 2016

Substance Use at the Workplace: The scope and limits of accommodation
LancasterHouse, Audio Conference - November 17, 2016

Managing Health and Disability Related Issues: Mental Health, Aging and Accommodation
Faculty Bargaining Services Annual Conference ,Canadian Association of University Business Officers - November 3, 2016

Navigating Treacherous Waters – Practical Strategies for Managing Employee Medical Leaves in Canada
Employment Law Alliance - September 21, 2016

Disability Accommodation Relating to Mental Health and Return to Work
Home Care Ontario - September 7, 2016

Ethical Issues in Employment Law
The Law Society of Upper Canada - June 27, 2016

Here For a Good Time - Not a Long Time: Navigating the Risks of Interns, Volunteers, Temps and Student Employees
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) - April 27, 2016

Workplace Indecencies and Indiscretions…
The Canadian Bar Association, Public Sector Lawyers Forum: Free Teleconference - April 19, 2016

Developments in Current Family Status Cases & Decisions
Infonex Professional Development, Practical Strategies for Facilitating Accommodation and Fostering a Healthy, Productive Workforce, Managing Your Duty to Accommodate - February 16, 2016

'No offence, but you're fired!': When is non-disciplinary suspension or termination appropriate?
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - February 11, 2016

Preparing for the Year Ahead: The key cases from 2015 and their implications for 2016
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 21, 2016

Invisible and Episodic Disabilities
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - December 2, 2015

Major Case Law Update
Law Society of Upper Canada, Law Society's 4th Annual Human Rights Summit - November 30, 2015

Prescriptions for Dealing with Doctors: Getting the information you need
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 26, 2015

Tough Issues Facing Labour Boards: Statutory freeze questions, health and safety claims, rogue employer remedies, and more
Lancaster House - November 24, 2015

Social media: A franchise’s best friend and worst enemy
Canadian Franchise Association - November 4, 2015

The Truth About Consequences: Assessing appropriate discipline
LancasterHouse - October 15, 2015

Ethical Issues in Employment Law
Law Society of Upper Canada - September 22, 2015

Background Checks: Key Issues for Franchise Employers
Canadian Franchise Association - May 13, 2015

Accommodating Age in the Workplace
Law Society of Upper Canada - March 24, 2015

Staying Ahead of the Curve – Update on Employment Law
Human Resources Professional Association Annual Trade Show and Conference - January 21, 2015

Harassment and the Toxic Work Environment: Examining Rights and Remedies
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - December 17, 2014

Lunch with the Arbitrators Panel
Lancaster House and University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Toronto Labour Arbitration Conference - December 11, 2014

Privacy v. an Employer’s Right to Know: Hot Issues That Straddle the Can-Am Border
Employment Law Alliance, Webinar - December 4, 2014

Update on Workplace Harassment and Violence
Human Resources Professionals Association, HR Law Conference - October 22, 2014

Cyberloafing, Cyberspying: Computer Theft, Privacy Rights
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 8, 2014

Human Rights & Social Media
Canadian Association of University Solicitors (CAUS) - September 19, 2014

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

Workplace Violence and Harassment Update
Law Society of Upper Canada, The Six-Minute Lawyer 2014 - June 6, 2014

Dignity and Dollars: Damages and Other Remedies for Harassment and Discrimination
Lancaster House, Audio Conference – Webinar - June 3, 2014

So Long, but Not Goodbye: The Ins and Outs of Job Protected Leaves
Lancaster House, Audio Conference – Moderator - May 8, 2014

Strong Employee Engagement Leads to Better Patient Care: The Business Case and How to Get There
Ontario Home Care Association - April 10, 2014

Discharge and Discipline: Top Ten Recent Cases
Lancaster House, Audio Conference – Moderator - March 20, 2014

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming Responsible for the Actions of Your Franchisees
Canadian Franchise Association, Webinar - January 15, 2014

What to Expect When She’s Expecting: A Primer on Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Lancaster House, Audio Conference – Moderator - November 28, 2013

Anger Management: Rage As a Health and Safety Risk in the Workplace
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 14, 2013

Cross Canada Labour Law Update
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Thomson Reuters - October 4, 2013

DSM5: Changing Medical Definitions of Mental Disabilities, and the Potential Impact on Workplace Law
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - July 10, 2013

In Sickness and In Health: Managing Employees Illnesses or WSIB Injuries
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - May 28, 2013

Medical Examinations: Everything You Want to Know, But Are Afraid to Ask
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - May 28, 2013

Impact of PSLRTA on Innovation
2013 Symposium and AGM - May 23, 2013

Out of Bounds: Pranks, Jokes and Horseplay That Cross the Line Into Violence and Harassment
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - April 11, 2013

Major Case Law and Legislative Update: What Changes in 2012 Will Affect You in 2013?
Lancaster House, 2013 Human Rights and Accommodation Conference - April 4, 2013

Employment Law Best Practices
Languages Canada, 6th Annual Conference - February 22, 2013

The Most Important Developments in Labour & Employment Law in 2012 (and What They Mean for You in 2013)
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 31, 2013

HR Law Update
Human Resources Professionals Association – Durham Chapter - January 17, 2013

Managing Employee Terminations
Niagara Hospitality Human Resources Association - January 16, 2013

Major Case Law and Legislative Review: An Expert Update on Recent Developments
Lancaster House and the University of Toronto, Toronto Labour Arbitration Conference - December 13, 2012

Absenteeism and Disability Management – Reducing Absenteeism and Meeting Legal Obligations with Advanced Strategies
Infonex - November 27, 2012

Family Matters: Current Cases and Changing Perspectives on Leaves, Shift Work, Child Care and Elder Care
Lancaster House, Audio Conference – Moderator - November 1, 2012

Hot Topics in Canadian Employment Law: A Coast to Coast Review
Employment Law Alliance, Webinar - October 16, 2012

Effectively Managing Employees on Medical Leave – Considerations for Full-Time and Elect-to-Work Staff
Ontario Home Care Association, Webinar - September 27, 2012

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

The Six-Minute Labour Lawyer
Law Society of Upper Canada - June 12, 2012

Elect to Work Employees: Tips and Traps
Ontario Home Care Association - May 24, 2012

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves: Rules for Terminating Employees on Leave
Insight Information - April 23, 2012

Mental Illness in the Workplace: Recognizing the Signs, Accommodating the Needs
Lancaster House and University of Toronto’s Centre Industrial Relations, 2012 Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Post-Conference Workshop - April 5, 2012

Employer and Employee Rights and Obligations in Disability Claims Conference
Insight, Disability Claims Management & Litigation Conference - February 28, 2012

Insured Benefits
Police Association of Ontario, Annual Conference on Police Employment - February 27, 2012

Never Can Say Goodbye – Managing the Older Worker
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - January 18, 2012

Holiday Party – Do’s and Don’ts
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - December 7, 2011

Accommodating Learning and Cognitive Disabilities in the Workplace: Innovative Approaches, Trailblazing Decisions
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - December 1, 2011

Managing Employee Terminations
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - November 17, 2011

Employment Law Update – What’s New? What’s Worth Repeating?
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - November 15, 2011

Human Rights Trends – Update
Human Resources Professionals Association – Peel Chapter - October 6, 2011

The Importance of Employment Contracts – Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - June 2, 2011

Insured Benefits: Key Issues Involving Health Spending Accounts, Eligibility Restrictions, Insurance Carrier Changes, Adjustable Drug Formularies and Arbitration of Benefit Claims
Lancaster House, Audio Conference; Moderator - May 19, 2011

Bill 168: An Update on Best Practices for Complying with Ontario’s New Legislation on Violence and Harassment
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 18, 2010

Disability Related Misconduct and Problems of Underperformance: Dealing with Mental Illness and Addiction
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 4, 2010

Accommodating Anxiety and Stress: A New Look at Pervasive Issues
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 22, 2010

Handling Employee Health Information and Privacy Concerns: Do’s and Don’ts
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - September 10, 2010

Navigating Through the Recruitment Process and its Attendant Pitfalls; Hiring and Firing Employees
Toronto Human Resources Professionals Association - May 26, 2010

Employee References and Background Checks: What to Do, What to Avoid
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 21, 2010

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

Theft and Dishonesty at the Workplace
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 27, 2009

Policy & Strategy Dealing with Substance Abuse
Employers Advocacy Council, CanadianManufacturers & Exporters – Business Summit on Workplace Safety and Insurance - March 26, 2009

Workplace Harassment: Conducting the Error-Free Investigation
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 15, 2009

Workplace Technology Update: The Latest Techniques for Monitoring and Evaluating Electronic Information
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 13, 2008

Harassment in the Workplace
Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House and University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - October 30, 2008

Discharge: Hot Topics
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 22, 2008

Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace: The Changing Law
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 2, 2008

Accommodating Mental Illness and Workplace Stress: Dealing with Invisible Disabilities
Lancaster House - May 28, 2008

Workplace Violence, Threats, Bullying and Harassment: New Rules and Responsibilities
Lancaster House and University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - December 7, 2007

Employment & Labour Law Update
Human Resources Professionals Association of West Toronto - October 17, 2007

Access to Medical Information – Advanced Session
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 3, 2007

Employment & Labour Law Update
Human Resources Professionals Association of York Region - September 6, 2007

Family Responsibilities in the Workplace: The New Tests
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - May 8, 2007

Workplace Conduct and Conflict
Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association - April 25, 2007

Workplace Challenges & Opportunities – Bill 211: Mandatory Retirement Ends – Implications & Proactive Solutions
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ontario Division – Fall Workshop 2006 - November 22, 2006

Workplace Challenges & Opportunities – Tackling Attendance Issues
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ontario Division – Fall Workshop 2006 - November 2, 2006

Workplace Challenges & Opportunities - How Companies Successfully Remain Union Free
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ontario Division – Fall Workshop 2006 - October 27, 2006

Workplace Challenges & Opportunities - Terminations and Wrongful Dismissal Claims
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ontario Division – Fall Workshop 2006 - October 4, 2006