Sarah C. Crossley


Sarah Crossley


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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
    • “Conducting Compliant Workplace Investigations,” 8th HR Legal Risk Conference, Federated Press, September 11 and 12, 2014.
    • “Workin’ Nine to Nine: Overtime Issues in the Modern Workplace,” Lancaster House audio conference, June 18, 2014.
    • “Don’t Let Your IP Cross the Street,” Association of Corporate Counsel Chapter Seminar, May 27, 2014.
    • “Conducting Workplace Investigations. The Investigative Process and Pre-Investigation Steps,” Osgoode Professional Development Conference, May 8, 2012, January 7, 2013, July 10, 2013 and April 30, 2014.
    • “Addressing Harassment and a Toxic Workplace Environment,” Human Rights & Accommodation Conference, Lancaster House, April 1, 2014.
    • “Family Status Accommodation: How to Respond,” Norton Rose Fulbright seminar, March 26, 2014.
    • “Identifying and Managing Addiction in the Workplace,” Federated Press Employer Duty to Accommodate conference, December 13, 2012 and December 12, 2013.
    • “Managing Terminations,” Federated Press Workplace Mental Health Conference, December 10, 2013.
    • “Help Wanted: Ensuring legally compliant recruitment, hiring and promotion,” Lancaster House audio conference, December 5, 2013.
    • “Social Media and Employee Misconduct,” The Six Minute Labour Lawyer Conference, June 13, 2013.
  • Selected client work

    Ms. Crossley has recently provided employment and labour advice to the following clients and/or represented them in the matters described:

    • A large integrated steel and mining company, 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 recent 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 succcessful 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