Stephen A. Bernofsky

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Stephen represents companies in all facets of labour relations and employment law.

He has conducted extensive collective bargaining, conciliation and mediation. Stephen has vast and valuable experience at hearings at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Boards of Arbitration, the Federal Court of Canada and the Ontario Courts, including the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.

A significant part of his practice includes the representation of management in wrongful dismissal actions and providing sound and practical legal and business advice to companies and their management team in all areas of employment law including negotiating and drafting employment agreements, employment standards, human rights, workplace safety and insurance and occupational health and safety. Often Stephen is required to provide advice on employment and labour matters involving substantial Ontario and cross-border business transactions. He continues to conduct client seminars and has participated as a speaker at many conferences with emphasis on labour relations and employment law.

Stephen is often consulted with respect to companies that have made proposals under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act or have made a proposal in bankruptcy and the effect on employees, officers and directors.

Education & Memberships


McGill University, B.C.L., 1980
McGill University, LL.B., 1980
Concordia University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), 1976


Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association

Professional & Community Involvement

Thornhill Baseball Club, Past President
Down Syndrome Association in York Region, Past President
Jewish Family and Child Services, Past Board Member
Toronto Bail Program, Past Board Member

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Employment Law in Ontario, Closed Circuit TV
Vicarious Liability of Employer for Actions of Employees, Infonex
Labour Update - Trends in Arbitration Law, Infonex
Benefits of Labour Union Involvement in Share Ownership, Employee Share Ownership
Ontario Employment Equity, CCH Canadian Limited