Jeffrey Mitchell practices employment and labour law in our Toronto office.
Jeff has a broad labour and employment practice serving as "go to" external counsel to a wide variety of companies, charities and public sector organizations.
Jeff's experience includes advising on the full range of labour and employment issues, including discipline and dismissals; employment policies; human rights issues, such as discrimination claims, harassment claims and workplace investigations; as well as employment standards and occupational health and safety matters. Jeff has expertise in advising on the human resources implications of workplace restructurings and the sale or acquisition of a business, as well as providing training for clients on all aspects of labour and employment law.
Specifically in the non-union space, Jeff's experience includes acting for employers in high-stakes employment-related litigation, such as wrongful dismissal claims, restrictive covenant injunction proceedings and human rights applications. Jeff drafts and advises on employment contracts, including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements; and advises on a full array of employment matters, such as strategies related to proactive union prevention and providing real-time advice and assistance during union organizing drives.
In respect of employers who are unionized, Jeff regularly litigates significant cases, including grievance arbitrations, picketing injunctions and all types of proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Jeff regularly advises on collective agreement interpretation issues, such as contracting out and terminations/layoffs. Jeff has expertise in respect of collective bargaining, including drafting proposals and advising on strategic approaches to bargaining, as well as acting as primary spokesperson for clients during collective bargaining.
Jeff is a frequent speaker and author on labour and employment law topics.