Brian G. Wasyliw

Brian is an experienced and accomplished employment and labour lawyer with a background in commercial litigation. He has extensive courtroom experience, having appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and before many administrative tribunals.

Brian’s expertise includes the full range of employment and labour law with particular focus on employment contracts, wrongful and constructive dismissal, non-competition and non-solicitation, injunctive relief, grievance arbitration, employment and labour issues in corporate restructuring and transactions, and human rights and accommodation. He is published on a variety of labour and employment issues.

Brian’s expertise includes:

Brian chairs the firm’s Hospitality and Building Services group. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation), Advocates’ Society, Retail Council of Canada, International Municipal Lawyers Association and Yves Landry Foundation (Board of Directors).


Publications and Media Mentions:

Four key pre-employment steps and precautions - Canadian courts offer guidance to employers

HRReporter - September 4, 2017

Mental Health Accommodation: Taking a New Approach

Canadian HR Reporter - April 17, 2017

Do You Have To Pay A Bonus Following Termination of Employment?

HRReporter, Thomson Reuters - February 20, 2017

High Profile Sexual Harassment Cases Causing Sea Change

The Toronto Star - October 10, 2015

Bonus entitlement during reasonable notice period

Canadian Employment Law Today - September 30, 2015

Bonus Entitlement During the Period of Reasonable Notice: Yes, No, Maybe

OMHRA (Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association) - Fall 2015

Are you aware of the employment standards for construction employees?

Daily Commercial News - May 20, 2015

Guidance from the court of appeal on working with expert witnesses

OBA Employment and Labour Section newsletter - February 19, 2015

A Legal Look at Noise Hazards in the Workplace

Canadian Occupational Safety - September 24, 2014

Injuries Related to Mental Stress in the Workplace - Insurance Anyone?

Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association - Fall 2014

The heat is on: protecting your workers during the peak of summer

Canadian Occupational Safety - July 22, 2014

Ask An Expert: Reviewing the Contract

Senior Care Canada - June 19, 2014

Hiring students this summer? Make sure you know the rules

Canadian Occupational Safety - May 20, 2014

When a manager dates an intern (Toughest HR Question)

Canadian HR Reporter - May 5, 2014

Follow the Leader: Organizational Culture Change Comes From The Top Down

HR Professional - May/June 2014

New Hires - How much time is enough to look over an employment contract?

Financial Executives International (“FEI”) - April 2014

How long should a new hire have to sign an employment contract?

Canadian HRReporter - January 27, 2014

Time allowed to review employment contract

Canadian Employment Law Today - January 22, 2014

Reclaiming overpayments due to clerical errors

Canadian Employment Law Today - January 22, 2014

Worker with a diability? Terminate with care

Canadian HR Reporter - November 4, 2013


Speaking Engagements:

Legal Updates in Health and Safety
CME Health and Safety Symposium - March 20, 2019

Effective Management of Sexual Harassment Complaints
2018 FBS Summit and Annual Conference - November 1, 2018

Chronic Pain: Medical and Legal Experts Demystify the Issues
Lancaster House - August 16, 2018

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs
North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation - February 22, 2018

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs
Community Development Corp. - February 13, 2018

Keynote on Bill 148
County of Simcoe -2nd Annual Simcoe County Manufacturers' Forum - November 30, 2017

Employment Law 101
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction - October 26, 2017

Employment Litigation Trends Post Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd
The Law Society of Ontario (LSUC) - September 14, 2017

Employment Law: Leave & Accommodation Issues both North and South of the Border
International Municipal Lawyers Association - October 15, 2017

Best Practices for Hiring & Firing: What Franchisors and Franchisees Can Do To Avoid Legal Pitfalls
Canadian Franchise Association, National Convention - April 2, 2017

Legal Aspect of H&S, Workers’ Compensation and AODA
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario - March 22, 2017

AODA: Requirements & Solutions
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario - March 22, 2017

Social Media and the New Workplace: Is Your Brand and Reputation Protected?
Employment Law Alliance, Webinar - March 8, 2017

Lessons from 2016 & Tips for 2017
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Live Webinar - January 26, 2017

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

How Do Zero Tolerance Policies for Workplace Violence Fare at Arbitration?
The Law Society of Ontario - May 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

Executive Employment, Panel Chair
CACE 2015 Conference - September 11, 2015

Bill 18: Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act
Human Resources Professionals Association - August 19, 2015

The Pros’ Perspectives: Union, Employer and Arbitrator Insights on Current Issues
Ontario Bar Association - October 15, 2014

Choosing the Right Workplace Relationship
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 2, 2014