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L&E Global Retail Newsletter

March 18, 2020

Issue #2 of L&E Global's Retail Sector Group Newsletter is now available. This issue focuses on Coronavirus and shares articles from China, France, Poland, Spain and the USA.

A Message from FWTA regarding COVID-19 Preparedness

March 16, 2020

Dear clients, contacts and friends:

With all of the uncertainty surrounding Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we at Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP are committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of our lawyers, staff, clients and visitors to our offices. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of public health authorities to establish best practices, minimize the risk of exposure and provide uninterrupted service to our clients and the community. At this time, all three of our offices remain open.

In light of recent developments, we have put the following measures into place to promote a safe and healthy workplace, and maintain business continuity for our clients:

  • We have distributed resources and information bulletins throughout the firm about health and safety precautions during a pandemic and have updated all of our lawyers and staff on the firm’s response to the developing situation.
  • We have encouraged all lawyers, staff and visitors to the firm to practice proper hand hygiene, including frequent hand washing. As always, hand sanitizer is available in various commonly-used areas throughout all three of our offices.
  • We have asked all lawyers and staff to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and have encouraged all firm members to stay home when they are ill.
  • We have cancelled all non-essential business travel. 
  • We are monitoring personal travel to identify risk, and have advised all lawyers and staff to follow public health guidelines and directives regarding when to self-isolate and self-monitor.
  • We are evaluating all meetings and in-firm seminars on a case-by-case basis, and will be cancelling or moving these events to teleconference or web-based platforms as appropriate. Any such changes will be communicated to those affected.
  • We have contingency plans and infrastructure in place to ensure that our lawyers are available to our clients even if they do not have access to physical office locations. 

We will continue to update our website with information that employers need to know about COVID-19. You can find our most recent updates here and here.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as it unfolds, and will take all necessary precautions to protect and promote the health and safety of our firm members, clients, contacts and the communities in which we operate.

This is a difficult and uncertain period for everyone, but we will work together and use all of our resources to ensure that the impact to our lawyers, staff, clients and friends are minimized. Should it become necessary to close any of our offices, we are committed to providing the level of service and responsiveness you have come to expect for your legal and business needs.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our response to this outbreak, how this will impact our service and your business, or how you can form pandemic and business continuity plans, please reach out to me or your regular lawyer at the firm.

Best regards,

Carl Peterson
Managing Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Sara Yousefi Joins the Firm

March 11, 2020

Filion is pleased to announce that Sara Yousefi has joined our legal team as an associate in our Toronto Office. Sara represents employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. She has a wealth of advocacy experience and is also a trained workplace investigator. Prior to joining the firm, Sara worked at a full-service law firm where her practice focused on management side labour and employment law. Welcome Sara!

Filion Celebrates International Women's Day

March 9, 2020

International Women's Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, we celebrated the smart, strong, and successful women leaders with whom we have the privilege of partnering to promote equal and enabled workplaces.

We thank everyone who attended the celebration and who – amidst great conversation and good fun – raised over $3,000 in support of G(irls)20’s initiatives to advance the participation of young women in decision-making spaces!

We extend special thanks to Elizabeth Dipchand of Dipchand LLP for her inspirational address, in which she candidly shared her experiences as a lawyer, entrepreneur, and leader for positive change.

We also thank Consonant Skincare for generously sponsoring the event. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

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FWTA named as one of Canada’s Top 10 L&E Boutiques

February 6, 2020

We are proud to announce that Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP has once again been named one of Canada's Top 10 management-side Labour and Employment Boutiques by Canadian Lawyer Magazine!

Cassandra da Costa Joins the Firm

January 28, 2020

Filion is thrilled to welcome Cassandra da Costa as an associate in our London office. Before being called to the Bar of Ontario, Cassandra was admitted to both the Bar of Missouri and the Bar of Washington. Having practiced labour, employment, and human rights law in multiple jurisdictions, Cassandra brings with her a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. Welcome Cassandra!

Matthew Vella Joins the Firm

November 15, 2019

Filion is pleased to announce that Matthew Vella has joined the firm as a partner. Matthew has practiced management-side labour, employment, and human rights law for over a decade. Matthew regularly advises clients on a full range of workplace issues including union avoidance, wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, workplace policies, human rights and WSIB matters. Matthew is also regularly retained to act as a third party workplace investigator. Matthew completed his articles with Filion and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to welcome him back as a partner. Welcome home Matthew!

Jane Gooding and Jonathan Dye Receive Hamilton Spectator Readers’ Choice Awards

November 13, 2019

Congratulations to our colleagues, Jane Gooding and Jonathan Dye, who have received Hamilton Spectator Readers’ Choice Awards! Jane was awarded Platinum Best Employment Lawyer, and Jonathan was awarded Gold Best Employment Lawyer, as well as Gold Best Lawyer. These commendations are incredibly well-deserved, and serve as a testament to the exceptional service that Jane, Jonathan, and their fellow FWTA team members provide to Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Well done!

Anthony Panacci publishes article in Ontario Dentist

October 1, 2019

Anthony's article, "Keep Your Practice Humming: 10 Tips for Managing Employee Attendance and Absenteeism", was published in the October 2019 issue of Ontario Dentist, the official journal of the Ontario Dental Association.

FWTA ranked among the top L&E firms in Chambers Canada 2020

September 19, 2019

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP is proud to be ranked among the top employment & labour law firms both nationally and in Ontario in the 2020 Chambers Canada Guide. In addition to these firm-wide rankings, Robert Bayne, Sarah Crossley, Roy Filion, Donald Jarvis, and Jamie Knight all received individual lawyer rankings as top employment & labour practitioners in Ontario. Jamie Knight was also ranked as a top employment & labour practitioner nationwide. Roy Filion once again achieved the highest ranking of “Senior Statesperson”. Congratulations to all!

Chris Little joining CACE Board of Directors

September 18, 2019

FWTA is proud to announce that our colleague, Chris Little, has been acclaimed to the Board of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) as a Director. Congratulations, Chris!

FWTA announces launch of Advocates for Employers of Canada (AEC)

September 12, 2019

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP is thrilled to announce we are a founding member of Advocates for Employers of Canada (AEC). AEC is a nation-wide alliance forged between five of Canada’s pre-eminent management-side labour and employment law practices. From coast-to-coast, AEC advocates for employers in every sector of the economy. We offer streamlined, cross-jurisdictional legal services, through a single point of contact. No matter where you do business, AEC’s nation-wide network of top-ranked legal professionals provide practical and proactive legal advice on any challenge facing your workplace. Click here to find out more!

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Filion welcomes four new associates

September 3, 2019

Maddie Davis, Emily La Mantia and Mark Van Ginkel have all returned to practice in the firm's Toronto office following their articles at the firm and Call to Bar. As well, Janeta Zurakowski has joined the Hamilton office. Janeta began her practice at another Toronto law firm. Welcome all!

Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020

August 23, 2019

Congratulations to our FWTA colleagues who were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 for Labour and Employment Law: Frank Angeletti, Rob Bayne, Jonathan Dye, Roy Filion, Donald Jarvis, Jamie Knight, Brian Mulroney, Carl Peterson, Peter Thorup, David Wakely, Paul Young and Mark Zega.

FWTA is also proud to announce that Frank Angeletti and Carl Peterson were named the Best Lawyers®2020 Labour and Employment "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020 in London and Hamilton respectively. This is the third time Frank has received this award. Past recipients are: Peter Thorup (three times), Jamie Knight and Roy Filion. Congratulations to all!

Ashley Brown quoted in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

July 17, 2019

Ashley Brown was quoted in "Collecting employee data", a July 15, 2019 article in Canadian Lawyer magazine, on privacy and data protection concerns in the workplace.

Congratulations to our colleagues who have secured OBA Section Executive positions for the 2019-2020 year

June 24, 2019

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Giovanna Di Sauro

Member at Large of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Section and Public Affairs Liaison for the Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section.

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Cassandra Ma

Newsletter Editor for the Worker’s Compensation Section.

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Melanie McNaught

Chair of the Education Law Section.

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Carissa Tanzola

Chair of the Labour and Employment Law Section.

FWTA Announces Knowledgement Management and Business Development Partner

June 5, 2019

We are pleased to announce that in addition to maintaining her legal practice, Ashley Brown will take on the role of Knowledge Management and Business Development Partner. This is an exciting new role for Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Congratulations Ashley!

Lexpert® Rankings

May 10, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the following lawyers have been ranked by the Canadian Lexpert® Directory for 2019: Frank Angeletti, Sarah Crossley, Jonathan Dye, Roy Filion, Donald Jarvis, Jamie Knight, Carl Peterson, Peter Thorup, David Wakely, Paul Young & Mark Zega.

Welcome to our Summer Students

May 6, 2019

We are delighted to welcome five summer students: Tawanda Masimbe (Osgoode Hall Law School), Kimberly Lennon (Lakehead University), Daniel Park (Western University), Stephanie Nicholson (University of Windsor) and Andrew Failes (Queen's University).

Canadian Employment Law Today publishes article by Diane Laranja

April 17, 2019

Canadian Employment Law Today published Diane Laranja's article on an arbitrator's ruling that an employer must have evidence to support an accommodation plan.

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Law 2019

April 8, 2019

Carol Nielsen and Cassandra Ma co-authored the chapter on Canada in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Law 2019. Access the guide free of charge at the ICLG website.

Lucas Mapplebeck quoted in Law Times

January 29, 2019

Lucas Mapplebeck was quoted in "Additional changes for employment laws proposed", an article in the January 28, 2019 edition of Law Times, on Bill 66 and the proposed changes to Ontario's employment and labour laws.

Carissa Tanzola joins the firm

January 7, 2019

Filion is pleased to announce that Carissa Tanzola has joined the firm as a partner. Carissa has practiced labour and employment law since her call to the Ontario bar in 2008. Before joining Filion, she served as a Vice-Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) from 2017 to 2019. With this experience, she is well versed in all aspects of workplace compensation claims management. Welcome Carissa!

Darren Avery joins the firm

November 6, 2018

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is pleased to welcome Darren Avery as an associate in our London office. Darren comes to Filion from a full-service law firm in Belleville. He will practice in all areas of labour and employment. Welcome Darren!

Filion sponsors 2nd Annual Masquerade

November 2, 2018

Filion was a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Masquerade in support of Big Brothers, Big Sisters - St. Catharines, Thorold & District.

Lawyer’s Daily publishes case comment by Derek Klatt

October 29, 2018

The Lawyer’s Daily published Derek Klatt’s comment on Carillion Services Inc. v. Labourers Union of North America Local 183 (Williams Grievance)

Brian Mulroney joins the firm

October 9, 2018

Filion is pleased to announce that Brian Mulroney has joined the firm as a partner. Brian has practiced management-side labour and employment law since 1981. In addition to his client practice, he also served for 10 years as the in-house employment lawyer for the Toronto office of one of Canada’s largest full-service law firms. Brian has extensive experience in collective bargaining and labour arbitrations as well experience as counsel in civil trial, injunction, appellate and tribunal proceedings. Brian will continue to serve his existing clients, working out of both the Toronto and Hamilton offices. Welcome Brian!

HPAC Magazine publishes article by Diane Laranja

October 1, 2018

Diane Laranja’s update on cannabis in the workplace was published in the October 2018 issue of HPAC (Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning) Magazine.

Casey Dockendorff interviewed for two articles

September 21, 2018

Casey Dockendorff was interviewed for two articles on workplace harassment, one for Benefits Canada and the other for Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine.

Filion lawyers ranked in Chambers Canada 2019

September 20, 2018

We are proud to announce that the following lawyers have been ranked in the Chambers Canada 2019 Directory: Roy Filion (Senior Statesman), Jamie Knight (Band 1), Rob Bayne (Band 3) and Don Jarvis (Band 4). The firm is ranked Band 1 for Ontario and Band 2 nationwide.

Lawyer’s Daily publishes case comment by Giovanna Di Sauro

September 17, 2018

Giovanna Di Sauro commented on a recent human rights decision regarding discrimination on the basis of citizenship status for The Lawyer’s Daily.

Sarah Crossley joins the firm

August 27, 2018

Filion is pleased to announce that Sarah Crossley has joined the firm as a partner, effective August 27. Sarah has been recognized as a Leading Practitioner by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for the past three years – 2016, 2017 and 2018. She joins us from the Toronto office of a global labour and employment law firm where she acted for clients in a range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, retail, financial services, gaming and pharmaceutical. Welcome Sarah!

11 Filion lawyers named to Best Lawyers in Canada

August 21, 2018

Eleven (11) Filion lawyers have been named to Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) Edition. The list, in alphabetical order, includes lawyers from all three Filion offices: Frank Angeletti, Robert Bayne, Jonathan Dye, Roy Filion, Donald Jarvis, James Knight, Carl Peterson, David Wakely, Paul Young, Peter Thorup and Mark Zega. In addition, Jamie Knight is recognized as the “2019 Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Labour and Employment Law in Hamilton, while Peter Thorup is recognized as “2019 Lawyer of the Year” for London. Peter has received this honour twice before, in 2016 and 2012. Only one lawyer in each practice area and community is honoured with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. Congratulations to all!

Diane Laranja interviewed by Focus Portuguese on workplace harassment

August 18, 2018

Diane Laranja was interviewed by Focus Portuguese, an OMNI Television program on workplace harassment and the importance of having appropriate policies.

Filion welcomes its newest associates

August 14, 2018

Filion is pleased to welcome its newest associates. Jessica Fay, James Jennings, Derek Klatt and Lucas Mapplebeck have all returned to the firm following their articles and Call to the Bar. We also welcome Laura Freitag and Natalie Garvin; both join the firm after having articled and/or worked as an associate at other Toronto law firms. Welcome all!

Ashley Brown joins the firm

August 7, 2018

Filion is pleased to announce that Ashley Brown has joined the firm as a partner. Ashley has practiced exclusively management-side labour and employment law since her Call to the Bar in 2010. In addition to providing employers with advice and representation on all facets of labour and employment law, Ashley is a prolific speaker, author, instructor and seminar leader on labour and employment issues. Welcome Ashley!

Jamie Knight elected to the College of Labour & Employment Lawyers

July 10, 2018

Congratulations to Jamie Knight! Jamie, a Hamilton-based partner, has been elected as a Fellow of the US-based College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election represents recognition by L&E colleagues that the lawyer has distinguished him/herself as an outstanding professional who not only meets the standards of integrity, professionalism and character, but who has also made a sustained contribution to the L&E legal field. Roy Filion, Q.C. is also a Fellow.

Geoff Ryans quoted in Canadian Occupational Safety magazine

July 5, 2018

Geoff Ryans was quoted in “Avoid the Temptation”, an article in the June/July 2018 issue of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine on the workplace safety risks posed by hiring workers through temporary staffing agencies.

Brian MacDonald and Alexa Sulzenko made partners

April 5, 2018

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is delighted to announce that former associates Brian MacDonald and Alexa Sulzenko have been made partners. Alexa practices out of our Toronto office, and Brian is based in London. Congratulations to both!

L&E Global publishes 2017-2018 Year in Review

February 28, 2018

L&E Global’s Annual Review 2017-2018 is now live and available online! The L&E Global Annual Review 2017-2018 provides an overview of the previous year’s milestones in international business development, marketing and communications activities.

The Annual Review also highlights L&E Global’s client services strategy, including the broad range of services that the alliance, and its members, can provide to clients seeking labour and employment law advice, both nationally and globally.

L&E Global awarded “Elite” status in Chambers Global 2018

February 22, 2018

We are extremely proud to announce that L&E Global has been awarded “Elite” status among the global-wide employment law networks in the recently published Chambers Global 2018. Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is the sole Canadian member of this international alliance of employers’ counsel.

FWTA seminar on Bill 148 cited in Canadian HR Reporter

February 21, 2018

The firm’s January 11 seminar on “Bill 148: What does it mean for unionized workplaces?” was cited in an article by Brian Kreissl writing for Canadian HR Reporter. Mr. Kreissl also recommended the Ontario Labour Relations Act Quick Reference – 2018 Edition by Filion lawyers Jamie Knight, Brian MacDonald and Diane Laranja.

Melanie McNaught interviewed by Benefits Canada magazine

February 14, 2018

Partner Melanie McNaught was interviewed by Benefits Canada for an article on wearable employee trackers.

FWTA proudly sponsors the Hamilton YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards

February 12, 2018

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is proud to once again sponsor the Hamilton YWCA 2018 Women of Distinction Awards to be held March 8.

FWTA named as one of Canada’s Top 10 L&E Boutiques

January 8, 2018

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 management-side Labour & Employment Boutiques by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. The firm’s lawyers were noted for being “invested members of their clients’ teams,” and “committed to excellence.” Other cited strengths include: “outstanding talent, expertise, experience and client service” and the firm’s “international network with other boutiques via L&E Global.”  Click HERE to view the article.

Jamie Knight featured in Canadian HR Reporter

November 13, 2017

Jamie Knight, Canadian HR Reporter’s 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year, was the subject of a feature article in Canadian HR Reporter. Read the full article.

FWTA ranked among the top L&E firms in Chambers Canada 2018

November 3, 2017

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is proud to be ranked among the top labour & employment law firms and lawyers in the 2018 issue of Chambers Canada. Clients interviewed for the guide commended the team for its “depth of knowledge and expertise” and noted that “the firm has proven to be exceptional in numerous areas, especially litigation and strategic matters.” Roy Filion, Q.C. achieved the highest ranking – that of “Senior Statesman” – a distinguished older partner who in their senior years remains a principal point of contact for major clients with major matters.

Diane Laranja interviewed by CondoBusiness on cannabis legalization

October 30, 2017

Associate Diane Laranja was interviewed by CondoBusiness for an article about the potential impact of cannabis legalization on the residential construction workplace. Laranja spoke about employers’ duty to both provide a safe workplace and accommodate people with disabilities, as well as the need for employers to update their workplace policies.

Hamilton office voted 2017 Platinum Winner, Employment Law Firms

October 27, 2017

Filion’s Hamilton, Ontario office was voted the 2017 Platinum Winner – Employment Law Firm Category – in the Hamilton Spectator’s 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Hamilton Spectator readers also chose Hamilton partner, Jane Gooding, as one of the top three employment lawyers in the region. Jane was called to the Ontario bar in 2006 and practices exclusively in labour, human rights and disability law.

Diane Laranja interviewed by Human Resources Director on worker misconduct

October 25, 2017

Associate Diane Laranja was interviewed by HRD (Human Resources Director) Canada for an article on the best way to deal with worker misconduct.

Jamie Knight named Canadian HR Reporter’s 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year

October 24, 2017

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is proud to announce that senior partner, Jamie Knight, has been named Canadian HR Reporter’s 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year, as selected by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Jamie has over 30 years’ experience representing management in labour and employment law. He has authored or co-authored some 20 publications for human resources professionals and lawyers, most of them in multiple editions, including the Employment Litigation Manual, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada; Labour, and Accommodation in the Workplace, as well as several Quick Reference Guides to key labour and employment legislation. Watch the video.

FWTA welcomes Rusty McLay to the London office

September 18, 2017

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti is pleased to welcome Rusty McLay as a Senior Partner in our London office. Rusty has 22 years’ experience as a management-side labour and employment lawyer, including many years as counsel to tech innovator BlackBerry. He comes to the firm from  Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where he was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Read the full media release.

Filion welcomes two new associates

September 5, 2017

The firm is pleased to welcome two new associates: Cassandra Ma, and Hina Saeed. Cassandra received her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. She articled with the firm and will be practicing out of our Toronto office. Hina is a graduate of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She was called to the Bar in 2014 and practiced litigatation at a Hamilton law firm before joining Filion. Hina will practice out of our Hamilton office.

London and Hamilton offices named “Top Listed” by Best Lawyers

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to our London and Hamilton offices, which were named “Top Listed” firms by Best Lawyers!  “Top Listed” designations are awarded to firms with the most listed lawyers in a particular region and practice area.

London office featured in Business London Magazine

April 3, 2017

Our London office was recently featured in Business London Magazine. The article can be viewed here.

L&E Global named “Global Network of the Year” by The European Lawyer Awards 2016

March 1, 2017

The following News Alert has been released by L&E Global:

We are pleased to announce that L&E Global was named “Global Network of the Year” at The Lawyer European Awards 2016. Attended by more than 250 lawyers from around the world, the ceremony was held at London’s Hilton Bankside hotel on March 9th.

For the category of “Global Network of the Year”, L&E Global was commended for its Strategic vision, particularly focused on cross-border initiatives; Consistent excellence in delivery of legal services; and Outstanding talent management.

“Over the past five years, L&E Global has successfully deepened and diversified its existing practice and industry sector strengths in order to help our members’ clients navigate legal and business challenges in a globalized world,” said Stephan Swinkels, Executive Director and Member of the Board of L&E Global. “Moreover, L&E Global has developed and implemented a coherent strategy that has achieved superior returns – global expansion of members and high-value clients – in the international market and employment law sector. And so it is a great honor to have been presented with this award by The Lawyer in recognition of these initiatives.”

L&E Global would also like to congratulate last night’s other winners, including our Affiliated Member in China, Zhong Lun Law Firm, which was honored with “Law firm of the year: Asia”.

FWTA named one of the Top 10 L&E Boutiques

January 4, 2016

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP has been named one of the Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Click HERE to view the article.

Jamie Knight hosts complimentary CPD webinar on employment contracts

January 2, 2016

Jamie Knight is hosting a complimentary CPD webinar on March 10, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  The topic is “Employment Contracts – Put it in Writing”.  For more information and to register for this seminar, please visit the LexisNexis website.