Giovanna has been with the firm since starting as a summer student in 2013. She articled with the firm in 2014, and returned to the firm as an associate in 2015.
Giovanna provides legal and strategic advice to employers in all areas of labour and employment law. She works with a broad range of Canadian and international employers across the private and broader public sectors. Giovanna regularly advises employers in matters involving grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, employment policies and contracts, and assists them in navigating matters including discrimination claims, harassment, accommodations, and workplace investigations. Giovanna also acts for and advises clients in appellate, judicial review and constitutional law matters.
Giovanna has appeared before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Selected Publications, Presentations and Media Mentions
Lunch & Law: Employment Law, Ryerson University's Legal Innovation Zone, January 22, 2020
Staving Off Duplicative And Statute-Barred Proceedings: Guidance From The HRTO And WSIAT (Mondaq: November 2019)
Ending the Employment Relationship. At the Outset: Contractual Clauses (Ontario Bar Association: October 2019)
Workplace Accommodation: Navigating Evolving Legal Considerations (30th Schedule 2 Employers’ Group Conference: October 2019)
Dismissal following lengthy unauthorized absence not discriminatory: Tribunal (Canadian Employment Law Today: July 2019)
Annual Update on Human Rights (Ontario Bar Association: May 2019)
Human Resources Law for Education Professionals: Human Rights Update (Osgoode Professional Development: May 2019)
Ontario Pay Transparency Update (Mondaq: March 2019)
Ontario Human Rights Code: Quick Reference – 2016-2019 Editions (Carswell)
Ontario Legislature Tables Two New Human Rights Bills (Mondaq: November 2018)
Cannabis in Schools: An Educator’s Guide to the Law and Best Practices (Osgoode Professional Development: October 2018)
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Holds Benefits “Carve-out” Provision Affecting Employees Aged 65 or Older Unconstitutional (Ontario Bar Association’s Education Law Section: October 2018)
Tribunal finds requirement for permanent eligibility to work in Canada discriminatory (The Lawyer’s Daily: September 2018)
Ontario Targets Wage Gap between Men and Women with New Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (Mondaq: July 2018)
Employment Law for Startups & Entrepreneurs (Ryerson LIZ: March 2018)
Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017: Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, FWTA Client Seminar, December 2017
Clarifying the Reach and Limits of Religious Freedom (Ontario Bar Association’s 16th Annual Charter Conference: October 2017)
Case Law Highlights (Ontario Public School Boards' Association’s Education Labour Relations Symposium: April 2017)
Ontario Court Upholds School Board's Decision to Deny Permission to Remove Children from Class to Avoid "False Teachings", Dismisses Charter Breach Claim (Ontario Bar Association’s Education Law Section: January 2017)
Background & Criminal Record Checks, FWTA Client Seminar, October 2016