February 13, 2018 Rudner, founder of Rudner Law, says the implementation of non-fraternization policies is often a knee-jerk reaction by companies as a way to reduce risk. “To me, it’s ridiculous to try to ban workplace relationships. Not only is there no legal basis for it, but it’s not possible in practice to enforce it,” he says. ”For many of us, work is where we spend the bulk of our time and is a big part of our social networks. “It’s inevitable that it will lead to physical or intimate relationships from time to time,” Rudner adds.
January 31, 2018 In addition to training and fair investigations, employers should consider the needs of all parties addressing allegations of harassment. See Stuart comment on how workplace sexual harassment affects mental health in this news segment.
"Victims of workplace harassment should feel empowered to seek legal help, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com. Rudner, founder of Rudner Law, says the circumstances can naturally feel bleak for individuals caught in an abusive work relationship, particularly at smaller companies without a human resources department."
January 30, 2018 Stuart Rudner, an employment lawyer and mediator in Toronto, says it's important to decide whether you want to stay in the job. If you do, then first try working out other methods of compensation, such as additional vacation days or flexible hours so you can work from home, or good old cash.
January 9, 2018 Rudner and Zaman say in many cases, courts find that there was misconduct but that dismissal for cause was too harsh and “some lesser form of discipline” should be used.
December 14, 2017 When it comes to making electronic discovery work in litigation, it’s important for both sides to consult with one another early on in the process, Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells Law Times.
December 6, 2017 Stuart answers why notes need to be contemporaneous and why integrity of the notes is vital.
December 4, 2017 Focus on E-Discovery: Standards for electronic evidence needed "Rudner says that the discovery process can be wired so that everyone has the same information on their own screens, and that becomes a similar discussion prior to trial. There, part of the discussion is whether the courtroom is wired for electronic documents or whether they have to put together a system. Most of this can be resolved at a pre-trial conference."
November 29, 2017 When you’re fired or laid off, never accept a severance package without getting legal advice, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner.
November 23, 2017 “Off-duty conduct can justify discipline or dismissal where the conduct impacts either the reputation of the organization or the working relationship. For example, if one of the demonstrators was identified as an employee of a particular company, presumably that would damage the company’s reputation.