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Thomas A. Stefanik*

Tel: 416 777 5430 Fax: 1 888 587 9140
*Legal services provided through Thomas A. Stefanik Professional Corporation

Thomas is a partner and head of our Employment & Labour Group.

On the labour relations side, Tom’s practice involves counselling and representing employers in matters such as applications for certification by trade unions, unfair labour practice complaints, collective bargaining and arbitrations, human rights complaints, pay equity and privacy issues. In the employment area, Tom represents employers and employees in drafting employment contracts, litigating wrongful dismissal cases and dealing with post-employment issues such as restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. Tom also represents employers with respect to occupational health and safety matters, including responding to orders and defending charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as well as applications, appeals and other proceedings under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Tom regularly assists employers by proactively leading seminars and workshops for management on topics such as responding to union organizing campaigns and dealing with accommodating disabled employees. He also conducts workplace investigations as necessary to ensure that an employer’s legal position is fully protected.

Tom also speaks frequently to Human Resource professionals and managers on such topics as union organizing and various legislative amendments and developments.




  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1979
  • B.Comm., University of Toronto, 1976


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1981

Publications & Presentations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Court of Appeal Affirms “Cap” of Twenty-Four Months absent exceptional circumstances

Torkin Manes LegalPoint On June 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision in Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada.  One of the issues in th...
Jun 21, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Harassment is Not a Tort – Good News for Employers

Torkin Manes LegalPoint On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Merrifield v. The Attorney General of Canada.  The Court’s decision...
Mar 18, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

BILL 127 – More Stress for Ontario Employers

As Ontario Employers endeavour to come to grips with the financial and operational changes coming to their workplaces as a result of Bill 148, furthe...
Dec 11, 2017

Emerging Trends and Challenges in the Workplace

Torkin Manes Employment & Labour Relations Seminar, May 2017
May 9, 2017

News & Media

Thomas Stefanik speaks to HRD Canada about whether you can fire an employee for having a 'bad attitude'

Thomas Stefanik, Partner at Torkin Manes, explained to HRD Canada how HR leaders should be approaching a staff member with a chip on their shoulder.
Jan 11, 2018

How vacations can lead to legal issues

Torkin Manes lawyer Tom Stefanik speaks to HRM Canada
Jan 30, 2017
In the News

Bain Capital Acquires Canada Goose

Lexpert Magazine Bain Capital completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Canada Goose, one of the world's leading manufacturers of extreme weather outerwear. Dan...
Jan 16, 2014


Oct 10, 2014

Accommodating Mental Health Disabilities and Addictions with Tom Stefanik - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Tom Stefanik discusses issues in accommodating mental health disabilities and addictions as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Nov 25, 2015

Reinstatements Following Leaves of Absence with Tom Stefanik - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Tom Stefanik discusses reinstatements following leaves of absence as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Nov 26, 2015

Working from Home – Legal Issues You May Not Have Considered - Tom Stefanik – Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Tom Stefanik discusses a number of key legal issues that employers should consider when deciding whether or not to allow employees to telecommute...
Sep 22, 2016


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