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Irv Kleiner*

Tel: 416 777 5403 Fax: 1 888 603 4593
*Legal services provided through I. Kleiner Professional Corporation

Irv is a partner in our Employment & Labour Group. His practice has been focused exclusively on management-side labour relations and employment law since his call to the Bar in 1981. He has extensive experience in representing employers in both the public and private sector. Irv has represented employers in the hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, health care (nursing homes, retirement homes, charitable and municipal homes for the aged, and hospitals), education, automotive and retail sectors.

Irv’s practice includes providing counsel and representing employers during union organizing campaigns, in union certification proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, unfair labour practice complaints, collective bargaining, rights and interest arbitrations, Human Rights complaints, Employment Standards complaints and pay equity matters. Irv is frequently appointed to sit on Boards of Arbitration as the employer-side nominee. He has been involved in the determination and resolution of numerous lead collective agreements and labour disputes both as counsel and as an employer-side nominee on boards of arbitration. Irv has been retained as the lead spokesperson in numerous collective bargaining processes throughout Ontario.

He has been actively involved in strategically advising employers in the course of preparing for collective bargaining and managing the workplace during a labour dispute when there has been a strike or lockout. Irv has represented clients before the courts in judicial review proceedings and, with respect to injunction proceedings, arbitration boards in both grievance and interest-based disputes, labour relations boards, Human Rights boards of enquiry, boards that have been constituted to determine Employment Standards complaints and Pay Equity complaints.

Irv also assists employers in drafting employment contracts, developing workplace policies and procedures, dealing with departing employee issues and litigating wrongful dismissal cases. Irv has extensive experience in advising employers on the labour and employment implications involved in complex corporate transactions, including due diligence, successor employer and related employer issues.

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  • LL.B., McGill University, 1979
  • M.A., Queen's University, 1976


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1981

Publications & Presentations

May 9, 2017
Nov 1, 2010

Managing your workplace: The Times, They Are A-Changin’

Focus on Labour Relations and Employment Law The economic landscape in the province will continue to undergo significant changes in the coming months. In response to those changes, employers will...
Feb 1, 2009

The Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006: Employers Beware!

Focus on Labour Relations and Employment Law Amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code, enacted last December, have the potential to change the landscape of how wrongful-dismissal cases are lit...
Feb 1, 2007

News & Media

Irv Kleiner to participate in training interest arbitrators, April 13 - 14, 2018

On April 13 and 14, 2018, Irv Kleiner will participate in an Interest Arbitration Skills Enhancement Program.
Apr 12, 2018

Irv Kleiner and Gillian Howe to speak at the Together We Care Conference on April 11th

Irv Kleiner and Gillian Howe will be speaking at the Together We Care Conference on “The Emergence of Marijuana in Ontario Workplaces". For more...
Apr 5, 2018


Trade Unions: The Do's and Don'ts with Irv Kleiner - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Irv Kleiner discusses trade unions as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Feb 9, 2015


Employment & Labour Breakfast Seminar - The Emergence of Marijuana in the Ontario Workplace

As the legalization of cannabis is quickly approaching, many questions have been raised regarding cannabis in the workplace, and will be addressed in ...
Nov 8, 2018: 08:00 - 09:30

Staying in Business and Out of Hot Water...Be Prepared to Manage Workplace Change

On Tuesday, May 9th, Torkin Manes hosted an informative program on how to manage a workplace crisis. Members of Torkin Manes Employment & Lab...
May 9, 2017: 08:00 - 11:00