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Employment Law in Canada

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Produced on June 25, 2015

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

There are key differences between the employment law regime in Canada and its American counterpart.  This course provides a comprehensive overview of Canada's regime and highlights the most important things that all American employers should know about the rights and responsibilities that they owe to their Canadian employees.  The program pays particular attention to common misconceptions that American employers have about Canadian employment law, and provides practical advice on how employers can minimize exposure to liability for the breach of employee rights.


In this course, Miller Thomson partner Douglas Best along with Nafisah Chowdhury discuss and provide information about such topics as employee rights under the common law system vs. employee rights under statutory law, employment contracts, and termination of employment, human rights legislation, and Canada’s workers ’ compensation regime.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Identify key differences between employment law in Canada and the U.S.

II.   Summarize important factors on which American employers should focus

III.  Describe the different implications under the common law system vs. a statutory system



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Douglas Best

Miller Thompson

Douglas Best has a broad commercial litigation practice with particular emphasis on corporate fraud, employment law, administrative law, regulatory law and general contractual claims and disputes.


Acting predominantly for corporations for more than 25 years, he has gained considerable knowledge and expertise in a range of industries including transportation, real estate and financial services.


Mr. Best also has particular expertise with respect to various injunction type proceedings, including those relating to the preservation and quick recovery of assets: Mareva injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and Norwich orders.


Mr. Best is result-oriented and is committed to providing well-reasoned counsel. He has also written and spoken on various issues over the course of his career, most notably for the transportation industry on defending claims against carriers and for those clients seeking to recover assets taken in fraudulent circumstances.


In addition to being a senior partner of the firm, Doug was also the firm's former General Counsel, and a former member of Miller Thomson’s National Executive Committee.



  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, The Canadian Centre for Diversity (Formerly the Canadian Council for Christians and Jews)
  • Director, The Canadian Transport Lawyers Association



  • Canadian Bar Association 
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association 
  • The Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association
  • The (American) Transportation Lawyers’ Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Toronto Chapter
  • The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada



  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1981
  • University of Western Ontario, 1978



  • Getting the Deal Through, Asset Recovery (Canadian Chapter), 2014
  • Winning for the Carrier: Avoiding the Palm Tree (Again), The Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association Annual Convention, 2013
  • Norwich Orders: a Tool for Tracing and Protecting Assets When Having Fallen Victim to Fraud, Corporate Liability, 2011

Nafisah Chowdhury

Miller Thomson LLP

Nafisah Chowdhury is a Partner in the firm’s litigation group. She obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2007. Upon graduating from law school, Nafisah articled with Miller Thomson and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2008.


Nafisah appears regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and assists with cases before various levels of court, including Federal Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She also assists with cases before various administrative tribunals. She currently enjoys a broad litigation practice encompassing areas as diverse as employment law, asset recovery in commercial fraud cases, judicial review of administrative decisions, and contractual disputes. Nafisah has a particular interest in regulatory law and has assisted clients with matters involving bodies such as the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Ontario Energy Board.


In her spare time, Nafisah is actively involved in community outreach. She is a board member of the Working Skills Centre, an organization dedicated to helping newcomers to Canada overcome barriers to employment.



  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2007
  • B.E.S. (Bachelor of Environmental Studies), University of Waterloo, 2004



  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, The Advocates’ SocietyMember, Ontario Bar Association


Julie C.

Great primer.

Maureen F.

This was a very good introductory program. As a US attorney, I appreciated how it highlighted some key differences, including severance pay and the $$ amount of lawsuit awards in US versus Canada. Very good primary and jumping-off place to speak with Canadian counsel on cross border employment issues. Thank you.

Scott J.

Great information.

Nadia M.

Excellent course

Darren S.

Very knowledgeable and engaging instructors. I liked the back and forth and hypotheticals.

Tonye O.

Thumbs up to Lawline for this CLE. Great job Nafisah Chowdhury!!!

Victor N. C.

Very good presentation. Interventions by Mr Best worked well.

Mark K.

Excellent overview of Canadian employment law concepts. Very interesting and informative.

Carl M.

Excellent presentation.

Jerome L.

Worker's paradise!

Edward M.

Very informative. Good teachers!

David E.


Peter S.

I thought Ms. Chowdhury did an excellent job anchoring the discussion and in laying out quite straightforwardly the basics of Canadian employment law.. Well done.

John C.

Excellent presentation.

Jeanne N.

Excellent presentation.i am ready to move to Canada!

John R.

Very good.

Joung Ho K.

Goof overview of common and statutory laws of employment

Christine G.

Both speakers were very good - I enjoyed the Q&A aspect throughout the presentation.

Jamie N.

Very informative

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