Manager Ordered Prison Time for Employee Fatalities

This post is a guest blog by Simone Ostrowski, a lawyer at our firm with experience in workplace health and safety matters (@simoneostrowski, sostrowski@koldorfstam.ca).  On January 11, 2016, Vadim Kazenelson, a former project manager with Metron Construction, received a three and a half year prison sentence as a result of employee fatali...

Posted: February 2, 2016, 10:45 am

Tweeting Your Way to Termination

A blog post just in time for some downtime over the holiday – when can personal tweets become grounds for termination?  Some of you may remember when in August of 2013 Canadian news outlets were a-buzz with the termination of two Toronto Firefighters for sexist comments made on Twitter. For a media report on the details of the … Continue ...

Posted: December 22, 2015, 1:10 pm


About Us

We do workplace law

We provide legal services to both employers and employees in the full range of issues that arise in the workplace. We ensure that our advice and representation are practical, cost-effective and tailored to the circumstances of your legal matters. With a combined twenty years of experience in the area of workplace law while representing both small and global employers, unions and individuals, we provide pro-active, results-oriented legal advice and services. Whenever possible, we draw on technology to make our services more efficient, quicker, and more relevant to today’s economy. We make the law work for you.

Our Services

Law at work

For Employers
  • Drafting employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Hiring and recruiting
  • Employment standards and compliance
  • Workplace policy drafting, review and implementation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Harassment and bullying complaints
  • Purchase and sale, insolvency and restructuring of the workforce
  • Advising multi-national employers on Canadian workplace law
  • Workplace standards and legislation compliance training
  • Social media, BYOD and privacy issues
  • Ownership of online content
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Human rights hearings
  • Discipline and termination of employment
  • Health and safety compliance and litigation
  • Collective agreement negotiations
  • Grievance arbitrations
  • Certification applications
  • Unfair labour practice complaints


Compliance and Training
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Discrimination and human rights
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Workplace violence and harassment (Bill 168)
  • Social media and privacy training
For Employees
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Just cause dismissal
  • Executive employment contracts
  • Revenue sharing, commission and bonus plans
  • Employee benefits
  • Discrimination and human rights
  • Review and advise on termination packages
  • Workplace harassment and bullying Employment standards


Workplace Investigations
  • Conduct neutral third party investigations
  • Draft fact finding reports
  • Provide legal advice upon request


Workplace and Technology
  • Social media crisis management
  • Ownership of online content
  • Confidentiality and non-competition agreements
  • BYOD programs
  • Social media policies
  • Co-working and home-working arrangements
  • Privacy and data compliance
  • CASL
Our Lawyers

Who We Are

Inna Koldorf

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Inna Koldorf is a founding partner of Koldorf Stam LLP and provides clients with timely, strategic advice and representation in the areas of employment and labour law.

Inna’s practice focuses on all workplace-related issues, including labour relations, employment standards, employment contracts, termination of employment and human rights. Inna takes a practical approach to dealing with labour and employment issues and assists clients with pro-actively targeting potential concerns to prevent issues before they arise. However, since litigation is sometimes necessary, Inna frequently appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, boards of arbitration and Ontario courts.

Inna regularly speaks at seminars on labour and employment law topics, is the author of several legal articles addressing current issues in labour and employment law and is the co-author of a chapter on employment law in a text book on Social Media and Internet Law.

Inna is an experienced workplace investigator. In that role, Inna provides unbiased third-party investigation services to resolve allegations pursuant to the Human Rights Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and workplace harassment and violence policies, as well as allegations of fraud, conflict of interest and breach of contract.


Professional Membership & Volunteer Work

Member of the Board of Directors, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (2016 to present)

Member of the Board of Directors, Alzheimer Society Peel (2015 to present)

Ontario Bar Association Labour & Employment Law Section Executive (2012 to present)

Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Continuing Legal Education Committee (2008-2013)

Past Vice President of the Northview Heights Early Learning Centre

Advocates’ Society

Association of Workplace Investigators

ADR Institute of Ontario


Education & Bar Admittance

Admitted to practice law in Ontario in 2004

Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University, 2003

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology and Law and Society, York University, 2000

Lisa Stam

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Lisa Stam is a founding partner of Koldorf Stam LLP and practices all aspects of employment, labour and human rights law, with a particular interest in legal issues involving technology in the workplace.

She regularly provides clients with domestic and international employment advice, drafting offer letters and employment contracts, workplace policies and handbooks, advising on bonus and commission plans, benefits, workplace privacy issues, health and safety issues, independent contractors, confidential and proprietary information, and discipline and terminations. She has also advised on a variety of human rights issues such as accommodating disabilities in the workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination and gender transition.

Lisa frequently speaks on and advises clients about the impact, risks and opportunities of technology in the workplace, including social media legal issues, privacy breaches, evidentiary weight of social media information, social media crisis management, cross-jurisdictional and global issues with social media, and general strategy on handling social media in business.


Professional Memberships & Volunteer Work

Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations

Advocates’ Society

Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Past President, Canadian Netherlands Business and Professionals Association



Education & Bar Admittance

Admitted to practice law in Ontario in 2004

Bachelor of Laws, Dalhousie Law School, 2003

Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Toronto

Simone Ostrowski

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Simone Ostrowski is an associate with Koldorf Stam LLP. Simone’s practice focuses on all aspects of workplace law, including labour, employment, human rights and occupational health and safety law

Having appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, as well as before Labour arbitrators, Simone has broad litigation experience.

Simone obtained her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University in 2013. In law school, Simone was awarded the David Sabbath course prize in Human Rights Law, and was on the Dean’s List for the academic years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Upon graduation, Simone received the Law Society of Upper Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Studies, awarded to the top 15 graduating students from each law school in Ontario.

Before joining Koldorf Stam LLP, Simone worked at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic, and articled and practiced at a labour law boutique. She also worked at an employment law boutique in Toronto, where she represented a variety of clients.


Simone’s Professional Membership & Volunteer Work:

The Advocates Society

Ontario Bar Association’s Labour and Employment, Civil Litigation, and Workplace Safety sections 


Simone’s Education & Bar Admittance

Admitted to practice law in Ontario in 2014

Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University, 2013

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Toronto


Our Blogs

Safety Reprisal Leads to Reinstatement of Employee

Section 50 of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) provides that an employer cannot penalize a worker because he or she has complied with the OHSA or has sought to enforce the OHSA. In other words, this provision seeks to prevent reprisa...
Posted: December 17, 2015, 8:27 pm

The New Liberal Government and What it Means for Canadian Employers

On October 19, 2015, Canadians took to the polls and elected a Liberal majority government. The new federal government’s platform and promises will impact employers across the country as well as their human resource practices in a number of ways Federa...
Posted: November 13, 2015, 11:25 am

The High Cost of Dismissal for Insufficient Cause

An employer in Canada generally has two options when it decides to dismiss an employee. It can do so without cause as long as it provides reasonable notice of the termination or pay in lieu of reasonable notice. An employer may also dismiss an employee...
Posted: October 29, 2015, 3:02 pm

This post is a guest blog by Simone Ostrowski, a lawyer at our firm with experience in workplace health and safety matters (@simoneostrowski, sostrowski@koldorfstam.ca).  On January 11, 2016, Vadim Kazenelson, a former project manager with Metron Const...

Posted: February 2, 2016, 10:45 am

A blog post just in time for some downtime over the holiday – when can personal tweets become grounds for termination?  Some of you may remember when in August of 2013 Canadian news outlets were a-buzz with the termination of two Toronto Firefighters f...

Posted: December 22, 2015, 1:10 pm

We all have an office party horror story.  The partner who got too sloppy and friendly with the summer student, the awkward aversion of eye contact the next day, or the overly honest comments from the disgruntled employee. While holiday parties can be ...

Posted: December 9, 2015, 11:51 am

Legally Speaking

Inna Koldorf

Speaking Engagements



  • “Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated?” at Job Skills (November 2014)
  • “Labour Law Essentials” at Ontario Bar Association (October 2014)
  • “Termination of Employment: Your Rights, Obligations, And What To Do Next” at Job Skills (October 2014)
  • “CASL Compliance for your Business” client training (September 2014)
  • “CASL Compliance for your Business” before a number of professional firms (July 2014)”
  • “Hot Topics and Critical Developments in Employment Law” at Ontario Bar Association (June 2014)


  • “Clients, Clients Everywhere – Essential Tips for Aspiring Rainmakers” at Ontario Bar Association (November 2013)
  • “Fundamentals of Employment Law” at Ontario Bar Association (September 2013)
  • “Employment Law Update” at Ontario Bar Association (June 7, 2013)


  • “Starting Your Own Law Practice “ at Ontario Bar Association (November 2012)
  • “Annual Update on Human Rights: Keeping on Top of Key Developments” at Ontario Bar Association (June 2012)
  • “Effective Advocacy Before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario” at Ontario Bar Association (May 2012)


  • “Employee Discharge and Documentation: When Can Flawed Documentation Be Worse Than None At All?” at Lorman Conference (October 2011)
  • “Excelling At Articles” at Ontario Bar Association (August 2011)


  • “Excelling At Articles” at Ontario Bar Association (August 2010)

Author of “Employment Issues: Social Media Strategy for Employers and Handling Employees’ Misuse of Social Media” in Social Media and Internet Law, 1st ed. Lexis Nexis Canada, 2014.


Lisa Stam

Speaking Engagements



  • “Does Technology Replace or Enhance Dispute Resolution” at Osgoode‘s Professional Development program (December 2, 2015)
  • “Minding Your Own Business:  Privacy rules on collecting, using and disclosing employee information” at Lancaster House Audio Conference (July 21, 2015)
  • “Family Status and the Duty to Accommodate” at the Ontario Bar Association’s 13th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law Conference (May 1, 2015)
  • Co-chair at Osgoode’s “Managing Employment Law Issues in the Digital Age”, and panel moderator on Employee Privacy Rights and Interests (April 20, 2015) 
  • “Social Media in the Workplace” The Osgoode Certificate in HR Law at HRPA (April 8, 2015)
  • Quoted in “Target to Close all Stores in Canada” published in SHRM Online (January 25, 2015)



  • “BYOD: Building a Program Right for your Organization” at Canadian Institute Workshop (Nov 2013)
  • “The ESA Beyond the 9-5: Mobile Workforce, Overtime, BYOD and Social Media” at Lorman Conference (Oct 2013)
  • “Social Media in the Health Care Sector” at Heath Professionals Appeal and Review Board & Health Services Appeal and Review Board Joint Tribunal Members’ Educational Conference (Oct 2013)
  • “BYOD: Employment, Organizational & Tech Issues”, co-presenter at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Seminar (Sept 2013)
  • “Employment Law Issues in the New Immigration Law Regime” at firm client event (Sept 2013); *video link available upon request
  • “The Workplace in the SM Age: Confronting the Challenges” co-presenter at Osgoode HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate Program (July 2012)
  • “Social Media for Executives”, to Women Presidents’ Organization, Toronto chapter (June 2013)
  • “Identifying and Managing Risk in Using Social Media and Bring-Your Own Device (BYOD) in Your Organization”, co-presenter at Canadian Institute (May 2013)
  • “Social Media, Overtime and the Salaried Worker – How to Deal with the Elimination of the 9-5 Workday” at Lorman Conference (May 2013)
  • “What’s New in Social Media, Technology & Privacy in the Workplace”, at Osgoode Professional Development CLE Program of “What’s New in Employment Law 2013″ (May 2013)
  • “Implications of Accommodation & AODA”, at firm client event (April 2013)
  • “When International Employee Assignments Go Bad”, on panel hosted by Canadian Employee Relocation Counsel program (April 2013)
  • “Social Media in Business”, participant in Canadian Netherlands Business & Professionals Association program on business development (March 2013)
  • “Social Media and Terminations: Caselaw Update”, at Federated Press program (February 2013)
  • “Social Media & Legal Marketing”, on Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013 panel (February 2013)


  • “How to Get Fired Because of Facebook: Social Media and Terminations in the Health Sector”, at Manitoba’s InterAct EMS conference (October 2012)
  • “The Borderless Workplace: Social Media, Privacy and Technology Issues”, at firm client event (October 2012)
  • “Update on AODA”, at firm client event (September 2012)
  • “Jones v Tsige: The New Privacy Tort”, at Lorman Conference (July 2012)
  • “Freedom of Speech & Social Media in the Academic Workplace”, McMaster University (June 2012)
  • “Taking Your Social Media Policy International”, global client event (April 2012)
  • “Professionalism and Practice Management Issues in Social Media”, at LSUC Employment Law Summit on the New Workplace in the Age of Social Media (April 2012)
  • “Social Media in the Global Workplace”, presentation hosted by Foreign Lawyers Association in Tokyo, Japan (April 2012)
  • “Social Media, Terminations and Slander”, Federated Press Program (March 2012)
  • “Canadian Employment Law 101”, firm client events in Chicago, Houston and Dallas (February 2012)
  • “Employment Law Issues in Hiring & Interviews”, firm client event (February 2012)
  • “AODA Update”, firm client event (January 2012)


  • “Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act in the Workplace”, at Human Resources Professionals Association conference (October 2011)
  • Participant on firm Privacy Panel with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian (October 2011)
  • “Privacy & Proprietary Information”, for Retail Council of Canada (September 2011)
  • “Workplace Disability Law: Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act and the Human Rights Code”, at Rehabilitation Network (September 2011)


  • “Bill 168 – Employer’s Sword or Shield?” at Employer’s Advocacy Council’s Business Summit –(March 2010)
  • “Ontario Human Rights Regime – A New Era: Should Employers Be Concerned?” at Employer’s Advocacy Council’s Business Summit on Workplace Safety & Insurance (March 2009)
  • “Remedial Certifications”, at Law Society of Upper Canada 6 Minute Labour Lawyer program (June 2008)
  • Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs: Co-Chair of Labour Law 101 (November 2009)
  • Co-Chair of When Health Law & Labour/Employment Law Collide (December 2008)
  • Co-Chair of Clients, Clients Everywhere: Tips for Aspiring Rainmakers (November 2008)
  • Co-Chair of Pension Law 101 (November 2007)
  • Co-Chair of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide: Pension Primer for Everyday Practice (November 2006)
Our Fees

Valuing Your Law At Work

We do not have oaklined walls to house gold-plated desks.  But we do have a modern, technologically savvy infrastructure deliberately designed from the outside in, to stay relentlessly focused on what will achieve the best and most cost-effective client service.  We align our legal fees and law firm infrastructure to your business reality and budget.


Surprises are for birthdays, not legal bills.  We do not start charging for legal services until we have mutually agreed on the scope and cost of the matter.  Once retained by you, we will communicate with you on a regular basis, so that you know exactly where you stand with your legal budget.


The cost of your legal services should reflect their value to you. We will work with you to align our legal fees with your expectations and the actual scope of your legal matter.  Where we can replace the billable hour with a fixed fee, we will.  Budgetable, set fees make everyone more comfortable.


You shouldn’t need a PhD to understand your legal bills.  We will bill you for the agreed-upon legal services, and will talk to you about disbursements like court fees.  We will set out the cost in writing of each stage of your matter so that you always have a clear roadmap of where your legal fees are going.

Contact Us

Get In Touch

416-548-9190  |  905-337-2658
Email: info@koldorfstam.ca

Toronto Office

43 Front Street East, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B3  Canada

Vaughan Office

The Deloitte Building 400 Applewood Crescent, Suite 100
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 0C3  Canada

North York Office

4646 Dufferin Street, Suite 6
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5S4  Canada