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Employment Law 101

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55 minutes
Jason Jagpal
Simone Ostrowski
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
55 minutes
$119.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

This webinar details some of the key provisions of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, including the definition of wages, vacation, overtime, layoffs, and other important employment standards.


Jason Jagpal

Jason Jagpal, a former football player, never takes a play off. He knows that in a legal dispute, preparation, hard work and execution, not luck, makes the difference between winning big or going home on the losing end. Jason Jagpal is one of few, if any, employment lawyers who has past experience as a personal injury lawyer.

Jason spent 4 years at one of Toronto’s premier personal injury and litigation law firms where he became a strong advocate of client rights, especially for people who were injured due to the negligence or neglect of others. This background transfers well to workplace legal disputes, especially when one party tries to take advantage of another. For the past several years, Jason has provided advice and representation to employees and employers on all aspects of the workplace relationship, including wrongful dismissals, workplace investigations, human rights violations, workplace safety, harassment and violence concerns, and disputes regarding disability claims. Jason has handled several trials and arbitrations.

Jason Jagpal attended the University of Toronto for law school. The Faculty is widely considered to be the most prestigious law school in Canada. Prior to law school, Jason graduated from Ryerson University with an Honours distinction as well as an award for the highest academic performance. Of note, he received the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Award, based on both his academic and social contributions to the University.

When he is not devising strategies for his clients, Jason Jagpal enjoys spending time with his wife and his friends. Jason travels, typically to see NFL football games and comedy shows. Jason Jagpal is a member of the South Asian Bar Association. He is also able to provide legal services in Punjabi.

Jason Jagpal can be reached at jason@whittenlublin.com

Simone Ostrowski

Simone Ostrowski is a workplace lawyer who knows how to excel at her work.  In 2013, Simone was awarded the prestigious Law Society Medal for Outstanding Achievement, which is reserved for only a small percentage of graduating students from each law school and she is a past Dean’s Honour List recipient, which recognized her grades as at the top of her class.  Simone has also received awards in Human Rights law, a practice area where she has a particular interest – as it involves helping people at a time when they are in need.

Simone has practiced employment and labour law since 2014.  As a workplace lawyer and litigator at Whitten & Lublin, Simone assists employees and employers in all aspects of workplace law, including:

Wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, harassment complaints, human rights and discrimination claims, labour union disputes, occupational health and safety laws, privacy matters, and social media issues.

Simone also regularly advises employers regarding severance packages, employment contracts, workplace policies, workplace training, workplace investigations, and disability management.

Some of Simone’s diverse case experiences include:

  • Rahman v. Cannon Design Architecture Inc., 2021 ONSC 5961
  • Yee v. Hudson’s Bay Company, 2021 ONSC 1651 (CanLII)
  • Yee v Hudson’s Bay Company, 2021 ONSC 387 (CanLII)
  • Lopez v. Norstar Windows and Doors Ltd., 2020 HRTO 497
  • Decision No. 2179/19, 2019 ONWSIAT 2822
  • Di Biase v. 1004904 Ontario Limited O/A Canada Pure Water Co. Ltd, 2019 HRTO 1005
  • Bell v. Three Small Rooms Hair Salon Inc., 2019 HRTO 287
  • Decision No. 2922/18, 2019 ONWSIAT 212
  • Schleyer v. Caledon Ski Club, 2018 HRTO 1137
  • Aziz v.  Huronia Insurance Group, [2018] O.J. No. 6532
  • Raposo v. CA Canada Company, 2018 ONSC 4226
  • Zigomanis v. 2156775 Ontario Inc. (D’Angelo Brands), 2018 ONCA 116
  • Schnieder v. Keolis Grand River LP, 2017 HRTO 1267
  • Downtown Kids Academy Inc. v. Zakrzewski, 2017 ONSC 5045
  • Decision No. 1088/17, 2017 ONWSIAT 1442
  • Adjey v Chickery, 2017 ONSC 794
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local Union 1891 v. Sirro Brothers Cement Finish & Spray Ltd., 2016 CanLI76777 (ON LRB)
  • Kilpatrick v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2016 HRTO 1142
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 120 v Armoclan Engineering Ltd., 2016 CanLII 8789 (ON LRB)
  • Decision No. 354/15, 2015 ONWSIAT 773
  • Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada Union, Local 598 v Aurora Forming Inc., 2015 CanLII 9876 (ON LRB)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Locals 303 v PCL Constructors Canada Inc., 2014 CanLII 55206 (ON LRB)
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local 128 v Allerion Oilfield Services Inc, 2014 CanLII 49658 (ON LRB)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 v H.B. White Canada Corp, 2014 CanLII 48969
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 18 v 2342981 Ontario Inc (Swan Construction, Swan & Associates Inc), 2014 CanLII 18887 (ON LRB)
  • Eastern Power Limited v Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 1089, 2014 CanLII 6673 (ON LRB)
  • A Group of Employees of Window City Industries Inc v United Brotherhood of Retail, Food, Industrial and Service Trades International Union, 2013 CanLII 68270 (ON LRB)

News citations/appearances:

  • “Mandatory vaccinations in the workplace”, CTV News, September 12, 2021
  • “Union paying legal bills for teachers charged with crimes against students”, CBC News, December 28, 2019
  • “Toronto company criticized for job ad saying ‘men are preferred’ for 25-pound lifting”, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018
  • “Former Domino’s Pizza driver awarded over $28K after the company broke labour laws”, CBC News, November 14, 2018
  • “Ontario tables legislation to end five-week college faculty strike”, CTV News, November 16, 2017

Simone Ostrowski has argued cases at all levels of the courts in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Small Claims Court, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and various matters in front of labour arbitrators.  She has also made submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Simone has appeared before several courts and tribunals, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canada Human Rights Commission, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Simone has written several papers and presentations on employment law issues, including presenting at the Law Society’s 21st Annual Employment Law Summit in October 2020, the Ontario Bar Association’s Annual Update on Human Rights in May 2016, and various presentations for the Human Resources Professionals Association in Toronto.

Simone has a passion for writing and presenting on employment, labour, and human rights law topics. She has written various articles and appeared as a speaker on panels involving human rights law.

Simone Ostrowski can be reached at simone@whittenlublin.com

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