OUR BLOGS

Video Interview: Discussing the Dos and Don'ts of Firing Someone on LXBN TV

Following up on my recent post on firings, I had the opportunity to discuss the subject with Colin O'Keefe of LXBN. In the video interview, I share what employers should and shouldn't do in letting an employee go. 
Posted: October 10, 2014, 8:52 pm

Failure to Accommodate Results in the Reinstatement of an Employee 10 Years After Termination

Sharon Fair was an employee of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “Board”) for nearly 13 years when an anxiety disorder caused her to go off work on disability leave. After being on leave for over three years, The Board concluded that it could not accommodate Ms. Fair short of undue hardship due to a […]
Posted: October 9, 2014, 6:12 pm

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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 you

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

Inna Koldorf is a founding partner of Koldorf Stam LLP and a leading practitioner in the labour and employment law bar in Ontario.

Inna’s practice focuses on providing clients with strategic advice 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.

 

Professional Membership & Volunteer Work

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

 

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

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 and pensions, 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

 

Our Blogs

Failure to Accommodate Results in the Reinstatement of an Employee 10 Years After Termination

Sharon Fair was an employee of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “Board”) for nearly 13 years when an anxiety disorder caused her to go off work on disability leave. After being on leave for over three years, The Board concluded that it...
Posted: October 9, 2014, 6:12 pm

Relocating Your Business – What About Your Employees?

In the current economic climate, many companies have been looking for ways to cut down on costs. With the expense of carrying on business in certain geographic locations, we have been seeing many companies move locations, taking their employees with th...
Posted: September 29, 2014, 1:40 pm

Do Older Terminated Employees Have a Duty to Mitigate?

With the end of mandatory retirement in Ontario a few years ago, the expectations of workers and their employers have shifted. Employees are no longer expected to bow out of the workforce the day they turn 65, and many choose to continue working becaus...
Posted: September 4, 2014, 3:34 pm
Following up on my recent post on firings, I had the opportunity to discuss the subject with Colin O'Keefe of LXBN. In the video interview, I share what employers should and shouldn't do in letting an employee go. 
Posted: October 10, 2014, 8:52 pm


Can an employer monitor (i.e. spy on) their employees’ online productivity (i.e. slacker, time-wasting cyberloafing)?  Today I participated in a Lancaster House session on “Cyberloafing, Cyberspying” – two sides of the same labour relations coin, but ...

Posted: October 8, 2014, 11:50 pm

Unlike many other areas of the law, employment and human rights law lets me dig into cultural differences, individual perceptions of reality, and some of the universal truths that unite us all.  I love that just a couple of kilometres/miles south of T...

Posted: September 24, 2014, 5:47 pm

Legally Speaking

Inna Koldorf

Speaking Engagements

2014

  • “Hot Topics and Critical Developments in Employment Law” at Ontario Bar Association (June 2014)
  • “CASL Compliance for your Business” before a number of professional firms (July 2014)”
  • “CASL Compliance for your Business” client training (September 2014)

2013

  • “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)

2012

  • “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)

2011

  • “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)

2010

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

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.

Papers/Articles
Media

Lisa Stam

Speaking Engagements

2015

  • “Pre-Employment Testing and Background Checks” at Lancaster House Audio Conference (April 1, 2015)
  • “Privacy and BYOD in the Workplace” at the Canadian Institute Privacy Law and Compliance Conference (February 25, 2015)

2014

2013

  • “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)

2012

  • “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)

2011

  • “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)

2008-2010

  • “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)
Books
Papers/Articles
Media
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.

Predictable

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.

Value-Based

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.

Transparent

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.

Our Contact

Get In Touch

Toll free: 1-855-876-7665
Email: info@koldorfstam.ca

Toronto Office

First Canadian Place 100 King Street West, Suite 5700
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C7  Canada
Tel: 416-915-4193
Fax: 416-913-1944

Vaughan Office

The Deloitte Building 400 Applewood Crescent, Suite 100
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 0C3  Canada
Tel: 905-513-7792
Fax: 416-913-1944