Michael D. Grodinsky  


Executive Summary

Michael D. Grodinsky is a member of BLG's Labour and Employment Law Group. His practice encompasses virtually all aspects of labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. Counselling small, medium and large-size employers on issues relating to effective human resources management, Michael has been recognized for his sound and practical advice and his strategic guidance.

Michael is frequently called upon to advise and represent clients with respect to various workplace matters, including hirings, dismissals, disciplinary measures, employment agreements, workplace policies, workplace investigations, electronic communications and social media issues, discrimination claims, harassment claims, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, as well as workplace restructurings, language issues and access to information and privacy law issues.

In addition, Michael provides aboriginal businesses and Band Councils with counsel and representation for labour relations issues affecting their workforces. 

Michael has advised and represented clients against labour and employment-related claims arising in the context of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings, as well as labour and employment-related matters arising in the context of commercial transactions.

He has appeared before many courts and tribunals in Quebec and is regularly involved in employment litigation, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration.

Michael is a frequent speaker at in-house training sessions, conferences and at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Representative Work

  • Acted on behalf of the Long Point First Nation with regards to a dismissal complaint filed by a former manager under the Canada Labour Code.
  • Acted on behalf of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Band Council, with regards to a dismissal complaint filed by a former manager under the Canada Labour Code.
  • Acted on behalf of Innvest Hotels GP Ltd., with regards to a grievance filed pursuant to the applicable collective agreement.
  • Acted on behalf of Ganotec Inc., with regards to a complaint under the Quebec Labour Code.
  • Acted on behalf of BIC Inc. before the Quebec Labour Relations Commission with respect to dismissal, prohibited practice and psychological harassment complaints filed by a former employee.
  • Acted on behalf of PSB Boisjoli Inc. with respect to a successor employer application filed by the Quebec Labour Standards Commission, relating to PSB Boisjoli's appointment as a receiver pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
  • Acted on behalf of the Town of Hampstead before the Quebec Labour Board, the Superior Court of Quebec and the Quebec Court of Appeal, with respect to grievances arising out of the merger and demerger of the City of Montreal.
  • Acted on behalf of Enterprise Holdings with respect to a dismissal grievance filed by the Teamsters Union.
  • Acted on behalf of a well-known Canadian retailer with respect to an investigation into the application of overtime rules, commenced by the Quebec Labour Standards Commission.
  • Acted on behalf of various employers with respect to complaints made pursuant to the Quebec Labour Code.
  • Co-Counsel for professional sports teams with respect to the interpretation of the league-wide collective bargaining agreement and for salary arbitration purposes.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author (with Danny J. Kaufer), International Labor and Employment Laws, 4th edition (volumes IA and IB), ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (Canada Chapter, NAFTA/NAALC Chapter, International Financial Institutions Chapter, OECD Chapter), 2014-2016.
  • Conference Speaker (with Katherine Poirier), "Drug and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace," May 6, 2016.
  • Training Seminars, "Workplace Harassment and Workplace Violence," January-February 2016.
  • Author, "Employers Question Jurisdiction After SCC Rulings," The Lawyers Weekly, May 20, 2016.
  • Conference Speaker, "The Employment Law Primer – Understanding the Canada Labour Code," First Nations Human Resources Management Conference, February 23, 2016.
  • Author (with Stuart S. Aronovitch), "Off-Duty Conduct and the Employment Relationship," The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2015.
  • Conference Speaker, "Employees Gone Wild: Disciplining Off-Duty Conduct," Canadian Bar Association, October 15, 2015.
  • Conference Speaker, "Employment Issues in the First Nations Context," 2015 National Aboriginal Law Conference (Canadian Bar Association), Membertou, Nova Scotia, June 11-12, 2015.
  • Conference Speaker, "You've Been Named in a Discrimination Complaint: Now What?" and "Harassment and Discrimination in the Modern Workplace," Human Rights in the Workplace Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, May 26-27, 2015.
  • Conference Speaker, "Punching the Clock: How Off-Duty Conduct Affects the Employment Relationship," Quarterly Breakfast Seminar on Labour and Employment Law Issues, May 1, 2015.
  • Guest Speaker, "Social Media in the Workplace," McGill University, School of Continuing Education, March 9, 2015.
  • Conference Speaker, "Administering the Disciplinary Process: What to Know, What to Expect, How to React!" Human Resources Management for First Nation and Aboriginal Communities Conference, February 24-25, 2015.
  • Guest Speaker, "Understanding the Regulatory Framework: Professional Practice in the Province of Quebec," McGill University, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, February 2, 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Repudiating a Contract of Employment in Quebec? The Quebec Court of Appeal Repudiates that Notion!" Executive Employment Journal (Volume XIX, No. 3).
  • Conference Speaker, "Employees and Social Media: Version 2.0," Annual Labour and Employment Law Conference, October 16, 2014.
  • Training Seminar, "Employers and Family-Related Absences," September 2014.
  • Guest Speaker, "Social Media in the Workplace: To Post or Not to Post, That is the Question," McGill University, School of Continuing Education, March 10, 2014.
  • Training Seminar, "Employment Standards and Social Media Issues," September 11, 2013.
  • Guest speaker, "Social Media: The Good, The Bad… and the Ugly?," McGill University, School of Continuing Education, March 18, 2013.
  • Guest Speaker, "Professional Practice in the Province of Quebec," McGill University, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, February 19, 2013.
  • Conference Speaker, "Psychological Harassment: Understanding the Nature and Limits of an Employer's Obligations," October 25, 2012.
  • Guest Speaker, "Labour Standards: Know Your Employability Rights & Obligations!," Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal, May 31, 2012.
  • Training Seminars, "Maintaining a Harassment-Free Workplace," May 2012.
  • Training Seminar, "An Overview of Quebec Employment Law: A Guide for the Perplexed," February 24, 2012.
  • Guest Speaker, "Labour and Employment Law in Quebec", McGill University Legal Information Clinic, 2011-2013.
  • Author: "Doing Business in the Great White North: A Guide to Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Canadian Labour and Employment Law," Global Legal Group, 2011.
  • Co-Author, "The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): The Lessons to be Learned from the Canadian Experience," 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Card Majority Certification: The Canadian Experience," Committee on Employment Law, National Retail Federation, April 2007.