Keith P. Burkhardt

Recognized by Lexpert® as one of Canada’s leading labour lawyers, Keith’s practice is focused on the representation of management in many areas. Keith regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and labour arbitrators, and is frequently invited to speak at industry and legal conferences.

Keith’s expertise includes:

Keith is a member of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, Ontario General Contractors Association, Hamilton-Halton Construction Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Construction Law, Pensions, Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights), Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario.

Keith holds the distinction of being Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s very first summer law student (many years ago). During his articling year, Keith was seconded with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.


Publications and Media Mentions:

ICI sector preps for open season amid uncertainties

Daily Commercial News - January 31, 2019

Bill 148 presentation for the Durham Home Builders Association

Building Durham - March 2018

Preparing for the 2016 Construction Open Period in Ontario

Dialogue - Ontario Electrical League - March 2016

Employee ultimatums: do they actually mean anything?

HRM Online - February 19, 2015

COCA speaker explores industry's open period

Daily Commercial News - March 14, 2013

NHL Lockout: Time becomes major player in labour negotiations

National Post - December 29, 2012

NHL Lockout: Legal manoeuvers by league, union add twist to labour talks

National Post - December 14, 2012

Figuring out the future of the NHL lockout

National Post - December 8, 2012

All in a Day's Work

OEL Dialogue - Issue 34-2 - Spring 2012

Employee Free Choice Act: Ontario Experiences and Potential Economic Impact

University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Vol. LIX - 2009

"Privacy Is Dead, Deal With It"

Canadian Labour Law Reporter - Labour Notes - December 1, 2008

Privacy vs. policy: Personal use of company equipment

Canadian Employment Law Today - November 19, 2008

Global Positioning Systems: Big Brother or Good Business?

Ontario Bar Association: Labour Relations Section - May, 2007

Family Of Murdered Nurse Sues For $13.5 Million

Canadian HR Reporter - April 10, 2006


Speaking Engagements:

Disability and Accommodation: Foundational cases and recent developments
Lancaster House - September 10, 2019

Who Judges the Judges: Ensuring arbitrator impartiality, dealing with bias, and seeking judicial review
Lancaster House - August 13, 2019

Construction Labour & Employment Legislative Update
Ontario General Contractors Association – 11th Construction Symposium 2019 - April 12, 2019

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 : An update on post-incident, reasonable cause, and random drug and alcohol testing
Lancaster House - March 7, 2019

Big Issues in Fine Print: Non-compete, non-solicitation, and mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts
Lancaster House - January 31, 2019

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: When does the law impose a “duty to inquire” about disability?
Lancaster House - September 27, 2018

The Latest on Disability-Related Misconduct: What's changed since the Supreme Court's decision in Elk Valley?
Lancaster House - August 21, 2018

Navigate Difficult Conversations with Employees
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Thunder Bay - June 5, 2018

Work/Life Juggling Act: An update on the developing law of family status accommodation
Lancaster House Audio Conference - March 1, 2018

What you Need to Know about Bill 148
Durham Region Home Builders’ Association - February 13, 2018

Legalization of Marijuana & Impact on Employers in the Construction Industry
Durham Region Home Builders’ Association - February 13, 2018

Lancaster House 2017 Toronto Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference - December 17, 2017

4 Shift Changes, 3 Doctors Notes, 2 Prescription Pills And an Accommodation Request
Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers’ Association Inc. (OHHA) - December 14, 2017

Unions, Certification, and Employer Rights
Peterborough and The Kawarthas Home Builders Association – Speaker Series - December 11, 2017

Card Based Certification
Infonex Professional Development - November 21, 2017

Bill 148 (the Better Jobs Act): What changes are coming to Ontario's workplaces?
LancasterHouse - November 14, 2017

Construction Grievances: Best Practices for Better Results
The Hamilton-Halton Construction Association (HHCA) - February 28, 2017

Managing Workplace Absenteeism
Barrie Construction Association (BCA) - February 23, 2017

Under Pressure: Dealing with stress, overload, and burnout in the workplace
LancasterHouse, Audio Conference - February 7, 2017

Collective Bargaining
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law - February 1, 2017

1st Annual Labour Board Update: A cross-Canada review of key cases and trends
LancasterHouse, Audio Conference - January 24, 2017

Damages and Dignity: Trendsetting remedial awards in human rights cases
LancasterHouse, Audio Conference - October 13, 2016

Leaving your Business / Selling your business
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction AGM Technical Session Presentation - September 29, 2016

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan – What to expect. How to prepare.
Barrie Construction Association - August 16, 2016

Legal Obligations of the Landscape Employer
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association - March 23, 2016

GPS Tracking, Electronic Devices and Social Media in the Workplace
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association - March 9, 2016

Reducing Turnover, Retaining Talent and Performance Management
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association - February 16, 2016

Collective Bargaining – The Fundamentals
The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law - February 3, 2016

Responding to Union Organizing in the Construction Industry
Barrie Construction Association - January 23, 2016

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Experts Assess Important Caselaw And Related Developments
Lancaster House - Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference - December 10, 2015

Ontario Labour Relations Board Update
We Build Ontario, Ontario General Contractors Association - April 11, 2015

Legal Obligations of the Landscape Employer
Landscape Ontario - March 25, 2015

Returning Turnover, Retaining Talent
Landscape Ontario - February 20, 2015

Labour Law Foundations: Collective Bargaining
The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law, Osgoode Hall Law School & Human Resources Professionals Association - February 3, 2015

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The most important developments of 2014 (and what they mean for you in 2015)
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 22, 2015

Breaking New Ground: Will Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Survive the Supreme Court’s Decision in Irving?
Lancaster House, Construction Industry Labour Law Conference - October 22, 2014

Fair Criticism or Trash Talk: Where to Draw the Line in Workplace Expression
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - September 25, 2014

Labour Arbitration Advocacy – Practice Makes Perfect: Becoming a Better Labour Advocate
Ontario Bar Association - March 24, 2014

Labour Law
Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations - February 26-27, 2014

Construction Grievances – Best Practices for an Efficient and Effective Process
Hamilton-Halton Construction Association - January 29, 2014

Responding to Union Organizing in the Construction Industry
Barrie Construction Association - January 23, 2014

Counseling or Discipline: What Works Better? When Is It Greivable?
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 17, 2013

Discipline in the Workplace – An Overview of Best Practices and Pitfalls
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - September 17, 2013

Career Panel
Association for Students in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (ASIR-HR) at the University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - March 15, 2013

Construction Raids
Ontario Bar Association, Construction Labour Relations: What Every Labour and Employment Lawyer Should Know (February 1-April 30) - February 7, 2013

Navigating Discharge and Discipline: A Roadmap for Employers and Unions
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - December 19, 2012

Medical Information: Who Is Entitled to Know What? And How Do You Get What You Need?
Lancaster House and the University of Toronto, Toronto Labour Arbitration Conference - December 14, 2012

Sin and Redemption: Aggravating and Mitigating Factors in Assessing Discipline
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - September 27, 2012

Managing Social Media in the Workforce – Tips and Traps
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario - July 24, 2012

Managing Social Media in the Workforce – Tips and Traps
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario - July 16, 2012

Kissing and Dissing: Intervening When Workplace Romance Goes Wrong
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - June 28, 2012

Strikes, Lockouts, Picketing and Work-to-Rule: What’s the Latest Law on Industrial Warfare?
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - May 17, 2012

Employer-Employee Meetings and Dealings: When Should the Union Be in the Room? When Can Management Go It Alone?
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - March 1, 2012

The Key Factors in Assessing Undue Hardship: Which Are Important and How Important Are They?
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 2, 2011

Collective Bargaining Basics for Employers
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - October 5, 2011

Social Media in the Workplace – Uncharted Territory for Employers
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Breakfast Seminar - May 31, 2011

Practical “Do’s and Don’ts” During Union Organizing Activity
Ontario Electrical League Industry Conference - May 6, 2011

Accommodating Parenting and Family Responsibilities: Recent Cases on Family Status Discrimination
Lancaster House, Human Rights and Accommodation Conference - April 20, 2010

Legislative Developments – Labour Law 101: Hot Issues & Practical Guidance in Today’s Labour Environment
Ontario Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division - November 4, 2009

Unions: How to Protect Yourself from Union Drivers
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, HR Resources for Businesses Networking Breakfast - September 17, 2009

Signs of Union Organizing & How to Avoid a Union Drive
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Hotline to HR – Networking Breakfast - May 21, 2009

Unionization: Its Impact on the General Contractor in Ontario
We Build Ontario: Ontario General Contractors Association 6th Annual Construction Symposium - April 24, 2009

Managing Employees in Uncertain Economic Times
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - March 26, 2009

Human Rights and Accommodation Conference: Facebook, Instant Messaging, Internet Use: What’s New in Technology and Privacy
Lancaster House and University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - April 2, 2008

The Human Resource Perspective on Emergency and Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace
Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - June 14, 2007

Electronic Surveillance in the Workplace
University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations - October 28, 2005