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Rhonda Shirreff

Lawyer

Rhonda  Shirreff

Toronto

T:+1 416.203.4444

An experienced lawyer and skilled advocate, Rhonda Shirreff has practised management labour relations and employment law exclusively since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2001. She joined Norton Rose Fulbright Canada in 2015 and was formerly a partner at an established Bay Street firm.  

With an extensive knowledge across every facet of labour and employment law, Ms. Shirreff provides strategic advice and representation to employers on diverse issues. She writes and speaks regularly on workplace issues related to labour relations, privacy, social media, human rights, workers’ compensation and workforce planning. She has been a member of the faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law course since 2012 and has taught the Law of Labour Relations at the University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources since 2007.   

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  • Education

    B.Ed., University of Toronto, 1982
    M.A., University of Toronto, 1980
    B.A., University of Toronto, 1978
    J.D., University of Toronto, 1999

  • Representative experience

    Matters in which Ms. Shirreff has acted include:

    • Successfully arguing independent contractor status appeals before the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of Canada Post Corporation
    • Successfully representing Air Canada in work refusal appeals before the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada
    • Drafting complex submissions to the Canada Industrial Relations Board for an international helicopter company on the potential extra-territorial reach of privacy laws and their impact on disclosing employee personal information
    • Representing a telecommunications company at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in response to allegations of ongoing failure to accommodate mental and physical disabilities and developing an effective return-to-work protocol
    • Representing a food services/facilities management multinational at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in response to allegations of religious discrimination and poisoned work environment
    • Extensively revising an international trucking company’s independent contractor model to effectively limit the employer’s vulnerability to individual and class actions
    • Providing strategic advice to an international trucking company with respect to implementing significant operational changes during a certification freeze
    • Developing a strategy to enable a manufacturer/retailer of branded clothing to respond successfully to a union organizing campaign

  • Admissions
    • Ontario 2001
  • Speaking engagements
    • Employment Law Canada, JSB Training and Development, London, U.K., November 2013; and New York, NY, December 2013.
    • "Making the Most of Your Grievance Arbitration Process," Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, March 2013.
    • "Data Protection Issues: How Far Can My Client Go to Protect Itself?" AIJA/ABA Section of International Law, Hot Issues in International Employment, Boston, MA, June 2012.
    • "Grappling with Employee Use of Social Media: Balancing Employee Privacy Rights Against the Employer’s Right to Manage," LSUC Six-Minute Labour Lawyer, Toronto, June 2012.
    • "The Future of the Wagner Act, Fault lines and Borderlines in Labo(u)r Law," Western University, London, ON, February 2012.
    • "The Do’s and Don’ts of Drug and Alcohol Testing, Industrial Accident Prevention Association Golden Horseshoe Regional Conference," Burlington, ON, May 2011.
    • "Preparing Youth for the Workplace and Skills Development," NAALC Seminar on Youth Employment in North America, Mexico City, December 2008.
    • "Cross-Border Employment, Discrimination, Non-Competition and Privacy: A Practical Look," American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education Teleconference, May 2007.
    • "How to Structure a Coherent Employment Program for Businesses Worldwide," American Bar Association Section of International Law, Miami, FL, November 2006.
  • Memberships and activities

    • Canadian Bar Association 
    • American Bar Association 
    • The Advocates Society
    • Ontario College of Teachers
    • Adjunct Faculty (Law of Labour Relations IRE 1270H), University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
    • Instructor (Sector Specific Labour Relations), Osgoode Professional Development/Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate in Labour Law