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Peter C. Straszynski

Tel: 416 777 5447 Fax: 1 888 587 5766

Peter assists employers with all of their employment law issues, through the hiring to the post-termination stages of employment, in both the union and non-union settings.

In the non-union environment, Peter assists employers with contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, workplace policies, proactive advice on compliance with Employment Standards and other employment-related legislation, strategic direction on discipline and termination, the preparation of severance packages, the settlement or litigation of all manner of workplace disputes before the courts and administrative tribunals, including wrongful dismissals, applications for injunctive relief, Employment Standards and Employment Insurance proceedings, and the defence of charges under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

In the union environment, Peter helps employers resist union certification attempts, deal with daily administration of collective agreements, defend unfair labour practice complaints or other applications under the Labour Relations Act and resolve or litigate grievances before boards of arbitration.

In either setting, Peter regularly advises employers on human rights matters and where necessary defends them in proceedings before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Peter is regularly called upon by the firm’s corporate and insolvency lawyers to deal with the labour and employment law implications inherent in the purchase and sale of a business or in the case of receivership or insolvency.

Memberships

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Education

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1992
  • B.A., McGill University, 1987

Credentials

Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1993

Publications & Presentations

Presentation

Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Speaker, LEARN Series: Cannabis
Nov 28, 2018
Presentation

Society of Design Administration (“SDA”)

Speaker, “Cannabis and Your Workplace”
Nov 21, 2018
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

New Signs Required To Be Posted At Your Workplace Are Now Available

Torkin Manes LegalPoint The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, requires employers and proprietors to post mandatory signs relating to the prohibitions on smoking and vaping in a c...
Oct 31, 2018
Presentation

Grand Valley Construction Association

Speaker, “Cannabis and Your Workplace”
Oct 17, 2018

News & Media

Peter Straszynski to host a webinar on cannabis in the workplace: a guide for HR professionals on May 15th

The legalization of recreational cannabis is almost here and it’s time for you to get your workplace ready.
May 4, 2018

Peter Straszynski shares his insights with CTV News on how Canada's move to legalize marijuana in the workplace could impact employers

As Canada moves towards a July 1st deadline of legalizing marijuana, questions remain about how its use will be regulated in the workplace. Peter Stra...
Dec 1, 2017

Videos

Terminations Without Cause with Peter Straszynski - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Peter Straszynski discusses terminations without cause including the difference between "with cause" and "without cause" termination and what an emplo...
Oct 10, 2014

Nannies and Employment Law in Ontario with Peter Straszynski - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Peter Straszynski discusses nannies and employment law in Ontario including what rules apply to hiring a nanny as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint ...
Feb 9, 2015

Events

Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD): Marijuana within the Workplace

Peter Straszynski will be speaking to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) on July 25, 2017 on the topic of Marijuana Within ...
Jul 25, 2017: 15:00 - 17:00

Legal Issues Affecting Dentists Today

Torkin Manes' continuing education seminar on topics of key relevance to dental practices.
Nov 1, 2017: 18:00 - 20:30

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

Does Your Practice Need a Check-up? Legal Issues Affecting Dentists Today

Complaints & Discipline: A Conversation Between the College & the Defense Irwin W. Fefergrad, Registrar, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of ...
Nov 7, 2012: 19:00 - 21:30