Clifford J. Hart  


Executive Summary

Mr. Hart advises employers on the interpretation and application of collective agreements, union organizing campaigns, unfair labour practices and strikes and picketing. He acts as employer spokesperson and strategist in the negotiation of collective agreements in the private sector and broader public sector. He also advises employers on the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures.  He appears regularly as employer counsel in grievance and interest arbitrations, and before administrative tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal. Mr. Hart has broad experience in the automotive, transportation, municipal, hospitality and retail sectors, among others.  Mr. Hart also acts as counsel to National Hockey League clubs in salary arbitration disputes with their players.

Representative Work

  • Acts on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations and matters before provincial and federal labour boards.
  • Advises private and public sector employers on a broad range of issues including discipline and discharge, human rights, wrongful dismissal and employment standards.
  • Acts on behalf of employers in human rights matters (i.e. accommodation, discrimination and harassment) before provincial and federal human rights tribunals.
  • Retained by employers to conduct workplace training on issues including union avoidance, discipline and discharge, proper investigations and human rights.

Publications & Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer, "Salary Arbitration in Professional Sports," University of Toronto Law School, 2013 to 2016.
  • Author, "The NFL Deflategate Scandal - The Second Half", BLG Labour and Employment Alert, April 2016.
  • Author, "Think Before You Write – The Importance of a Well-Drafted Discipline Letter", BLG Labour and Employment News, April 2016.
  • Speaker, "The arbitration hearing from A to Z: Practical tips and legal pitfalls" BLG 18th Labour and Employment Law Symposium, November 19, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Discipline and Discharge - Important Cases and Practical Tips", In-House Counsel Professional Development Conference,  November 10, 2015.
  • Author, "Fantasy Football – Lessons Learned from "Deflategate"", Labour and Employment Alert, September 4, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Update", In-House Counsel Professional Development Conference, February 18, 2015.
  • Co-speaker, "Making Discipline and Disharge Stick — A Practical (and Legal) Primer", Labour and Employment Law Breakfast Seminar, January 13, 2015.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2013) of the Best Lawyers in Canada® (Labour and Employment Law).