Daniel A. Lublin

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    Daniel A. Lublin is a nationally recognized workplace law expert, who envisions workplace law as a marriage between employer and employee that often leads to breakdown when one takes advantage of the other. Viewing workplace law through this lens enables Mr. Lublin to quickly identify his client’s objectives – and vigorously pursue them.

    Mr. Lublin represents both employees and employers in all workplace-related legal disputes and human rights matters – with an emphasis on litigation.

    In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and for 2012, Mr. Lublin has been named as one of “Canada’s Top Employment Lawyers” in Carswell’s annual survey, in recognition of his contributions to workplace law and human resources publications. In 2011, he was awarded the “Precedent Setter Award” recognizing him as one of the best of the new generation of lawyers in Ontario. He frequently appears on television and radio as a commentator for workplace legal issue.

    Mr. Lublin is well known for his national newspaper columns. He has published over 400 articles since 2005. He now serves as the Globe & Mail’s workplace law columnist both in print and online and he was formerly the workplace law columnist for the Metro newspapers from 2005 to 2012, where his weekly column was published in print in Canada’s ten largest markets.

    Mr. Lublin is a courtroom lawyer. He has successfully been lead counsel on numerous reported court decisions at all levels of the Courts of Ontario including:

    Hussain v. Suzuki Canada Ltd., 2011 CarswellOnt 12251 (ON S.C.) – one of the highest ever severance awards in Canada (a 26 month severance package) given to Suzuki Canada’s longest serving employee.

    Cardenas v. Kohler Canada Co., 2009 CanLII 17976 (ON S.C.) – one of the largest group wrongful dismissal judgments in Canadian history, where Mr. Lublin successfully obtained nearly $1 million in damages for five terminated employees. The decision supports the notion that dismissed employees can proceed as a group without having to initiate a class action claim.

    Adjemian v. Brook Crompton North America, 2008 CanLII 27469 (ON S.C.), a precedent setting case at the Ontario Court of Appeal confirming that wrongful dismissal cases can and should be heard in an expedited fashion. This case has been relied upon since that time to assist employees in obtaining speedy court judgments on dismissal matters.

    Camaganacan v. St. Joseph’s Printing Ltd., 2010 ONSC 5184 (ON S.C), wherein Mr. Lublin secured a 16 month severance package for a client who had been offered only 6 months by his employer.

    Nasager v. Northern Reflections Ltd., 2011 ONSC 5872, which is an appeal court case, where Mr. Lublin successfully upheld a judge’s decision that his client should be awarded a 6 month severance package where the employer gave him only 5 weeks.

    Corporate Investigative Services v. Steele et al. 2012 ONSC 3286 (ON S.C.) – Successful defence of a summary judgment motion in a large corporate action involving two competing security companies.

    Harvey v. Shoeless Joe’s, 2011 ONSC 3242 (ON S.C.) – Successful defence of a wrongful dismissal claim from a former executive.

    Napolitano v. Friendly Times Child Care Centre, 2012 HRTO 603 – One of the few cases dismissing a human rights application from an ex-employee on a summary hearing.

    Hayes v. Peer 1 Network Inc., 2007 CanLII 65614 (ON S.C.D.C.) – wherein Mr. Lublin successfully overturned a lower court’s decision to move his client’s case to British Columbia, instead of Ontario where the client resided.

    Mr. Lublin is regularly consulted by other practitioners for assistance in employment-related matters and has been retained by employers in the United States and the United Kingdom to assist in managing the human resources implications of conducting business in Canada. Mr. Lublin is also frequently consulted by employees and executives across Canada to provide assistance with their workplace-related disputes and in the negotiation of their employment contracts and severance agreements.

    Some of Mr. Lublin’s recent news quotes and journal publications are listed below:

    • Readers Digest “How Maternity Leave is failing Canadian Woman”, August 2012
    • The Toronto Star “Would you reveal your Facebook password for a job”, March 21, 2012
    • The Lawyers Weekly “Offering only the minimum a ‘costly gamble’, March 2, 2012
    • Canadian Business Magazine, “The dark side of maternity leave”, September 14, 2011
    • Law Times, “Lawyer’s letters can be perilous“, September 5, 2011
    • Toronto Star, “High profile resignations work for some”, July 15, 2011
    • The Lawyers Weekly “Terminating long-term employees”, July 8, 2011
    • The Toronto Star, “Social media leaves trail for bosses”, July 6, 2011
    • The Globe and Mail, “When push comes to shove: mandatory retirement”, May 13, 2011
    • Canadian HR Reporter, “Employee wins back unilateral pay cuts”, January 17, 2011
    • The Toronto Star, “What you do outside of work can get you fired”, May 10, 2011
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, “When a manager isn’t a ‘manager’, April 6, 2011
    • The Globe and Mail, “Computer ruling seen as landmark workplace decision”, March 26, 2011
    • The Globe and Mail, “Employment contracts: what you need to know”, January 8, 2011
    • National Post – Young Entrepreneur Spotlight, December 2010
    • University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Issue 59 “Wrongful Dismissal: bad faith damages in Canadian employment law”, 2009
    • Canadian Compensation and Benefits Reporter, “Employer pays 10K in equity case”, October 2010
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, “Court slashes damages for Bell manager’s assault”, June 30, 2010
    • Canadian Corporate Counsel Magazine “A new bar for safety on the job” summer, 2010
    • Canadian Employment Law today, “Get out the swear jar at work”, June 16, 2010
    • Law Times, “Assessing the validity of employee bonuses”, June, 2010
    • Canadian Employment Law today “Court slashes damages for manager’s assault” June, 2010
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, “Paranoid employer goes too far” January 13, 2010
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, “Employer not to blame for employee’s mental breakdown” April 9, 2008
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, “Silence may not always be golden” June 18, 2008
    • Globe and Mail, Job Security on Leave, May 6, 2009
    • CTV.ca, “NDP wants more EI for new moms” April 28, 2009
    • National Post “It’s not just a fear: you’ve been laid off” February 3, 2009
    • Toronto Star “Family Day confusion still reigns” February 14, 2009
    • The Lawyers Weekly “Names in the News” December 19, 2008
    • The Lawyers Weekly “Resolving termination disputes by summary judgment” May 22, 2009
    • The Canadian Employer “ask an expert”, February 2008
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, Issue 534 “No room for funny business”
    • Canadian Employment Law Today, Issue 541 “Job posting unreasonable step” Canadian Employment Law Today, Issue 525 “Squeaky wheel gets released”
    • Toronto Star “Worries follow rise of Facebook” May 4, 2007

    Daniel can be reached at dan@toronto-employmentlawyer.com.