Sarah C. Crossley
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.
Year of call
LL.B., University of Windsor, 1997
B.A.(Hons.), Western University, 1994
- 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
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February 4-7, 2015
Join Sarah Crossley and Allyson Whyte Nowak as they discuss how to identify and protect confidential information and intellectual property in the workplace..
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Ontario Divisional Court was recently faced with the question of an employer’s right to terminate an employee for cause when an employee’s continued employmen....
November 25, 2011
On June 27, 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited decision in Honda Canada Inc. v. Keays. The Supreme Court allowed Honda's appeal and strip....
July 22, 2008
The Am Law Daily reports that Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM has decided to spin off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture..
November 20, 2013
Sarah Crossley’s column on protecting your business from departing employees appears in the June/July 2012 edition of Canadian Mining Journal on page 10..
June 04, 2012