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Sarah C. Crossley

Partner

Sarah Crossley

Toronto

T:+1 416.216.4782

F:+1 416.216.3930

Sarah Crossley practises exclusively employment and labour law, advising and representing employers in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Ms. Crossley advises employers on a variety of employment and labour matters, including terminations, human rights and disability management, collective agreement administration, employment agreements, policy development, discipline and discharge. She regularly acts as employer counsel in wrongful dismissal litigation, grievance arbitrations and human rights proceedings.

Ms. Crossley is a frequent speaker on employment and labour matters. In addition, she regularly provides seminars and training for clients on a variety of topics, including human rights, harassment, discrimination, and effective workplace management. She also conducts workplace investigations.

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  • Year of call
    Ontario 1999
  • Law school
    LL.B., University of Windsor, 1997
  • Education
    B.A.(Hons.), Western University, 1994
  • Speaking engagements
    • Lancaster House 2016, Human Rights and Accommodation Conference – Toronto (upcoming), co-chair, March 30 & 31, 2016.
    • “Conducting Workplace Investigations” (upcoming), Osgoode Professional Development, March 22, 2016.
    • “Identifying and Managing Addiction in the Workplace,” Federated Press 10th Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Conference, December 10, 2015.
    • “Conducting Compliant Workplace Investigations,” Federated Press 9th HR Legal Risks Conference, September 25, 2015.
    • “Consequences of Inadequate Workplace Investigations – Are You Ready to Bear the Costs?” Insight’s Workplace Discipline & Termination Conference, June 9, 2015.
    • “How a Workplace Investigation Can Impact a Damage Award in Wrongful Dismissal Litigation,” HRPA Quarterly Updates Webinar, June 3, 2015.
    • “Workplace Investigations: A Year in Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Norton Rose Fulbright Annual Client Conference, May 27, 2015.
    • “The Essentials: What You Need to Know for 2015,” HRM Masterclass Legal Services, April 17, 2015.
    • “Conducting Workplace Investigations – The Investigative Process and Pre-Investigative Steps,” Osgoode Professional Development Conference, March 31, 2015.
    • “Current Trends in Wrongful Dismissal Litigation,” HRPA Webinar, Quarterly Updates Webinar, March 4, 2015.
  • Selected client work
    • A public utilities commission, including successfully having a matter dismissed at Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal
    • An integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated free paper and softwood lumber supplier, including representation at arbitrations and Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal
    • A large casino, including a successful appellate decision that clarified the test for frustration of employment contracts
    • A leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, including having an unlawful reprisal application dismissed on a summary basis
    • A full service telecommunication, networking, construction and repair company, including successfully representing this company in arbitrations and before the Human Rights Tribunal and the courts
    • Employers in the pharmaceutical, retail, financial services and gaming industries, including representation in wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights proceedings and judicial review applications
    • An employer, who was successful in having a claim for benefits (on account of post-traumatic stress disorder) dismissed by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Canadian HR Reporter’s Canada’s Employment Lawyers Directory, 2009
  • Memberships and activities
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Past course instructor for employment law course at the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (part of the CHRP certification program), January to April 2001, and September to December 2001
    • Past and current instructor for HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate Program at Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School