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Kate Bresner

Lawyer
Kate Bresner

Education

J.D., University of Toronto, 2016
M.A., University of Victoria, 2012
B.A., McGill University, 2008

Called to the Ontario Bar, 2017

Practice

Kate Bresner is a Member of the Employment and Labour Practice.

Kate represents both unionized and non-unionized large and small businesses in the public and private sectors, as well as senior-level employees.  She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and in private arbitration and mediation.

Kate has experience advising on a broad range of employment and labour law issues, including compliance with Ontario workplace legislation such as the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act.

She regularly advises employers with respect to drafting employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and workplace policies.  She has experience advising employers on their obligations regarding employee leaves of absence, accommodation, workplace health and safety, collective agreement interpretation and privacy.  Kate also has experience in the handling of disciplinary matters,  including when and how to respond to off-duty misconduct, inappropriate social media use, and bullying and harassment.

Kate has particular expertise in police law and police labour relations as a result of her extensive work for a regional police force.

Kate is a certified workplace investigator. She can be retained as an impartial, third-party investigator to conduct efficient, sensitive, and objective investigations into workplace misconduct, such as breaches of workplace policy, and allegations of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination. She is also available to provide legal advice and guidance to employers and human resources professionals conducting their own internal investigations.

Memberships

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member at Large – Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section, Ontario Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Member, Human Resources Professionals Association​ (HRPA)

Publications

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