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Fiona Brown

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2011

In dealing with a wide variety of labour and employment issues, Fiona takes great care in understanding her clients’ businesses and delivering advice that is tailored to meeting their specific needs. She cares deeply about addressing her clients’ concerns and resolving their issues. 

Fiona’s practice focuses on advising clients with respect to compliance with employment standards, human rights, pay equity and occupational health and safety requirements and minimizing liabilities with respect to terminations. Fiona also regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on the enforcement of contractual and commercial arrangements with employees, including employment and consulting agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, equity and non-equity based compensation arrangements and bonus plans, the assignment of intellectual property rights and separation packages. In addition, Fiona represents clients in litigation arising out of the employment relationship, including wrongful and constructive dismissal litigation and matters before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Fiona’s commercial employment law practice involves assisting the firm’s corporate clients with all labour and employment aspects of corporate transactions, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions, including employment-related diligence, successor employer issues and preparing related employment and consulting agreements. Fiona represents employers in the public, private, non-profit and charitable sectors across a range of industries and contexts, including technology, manufacturing, automotive, health and wellness, insurance, transportation, retail and marketing, among others.

Fiona enjoys working with clients to develop workable business solutions.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
  • Human Rights Committee
  • Young Women in Law

Community Involvement

  • Toronto Public Library Foundation, Hush Hush Committee

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Deals, Mergers and Acquisitions," Cannabis Law Institute, July 2017.    

"A Year in Review: Top Issues in Employment Law," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 2017. 

"Tough Questions, Difficult Answers and Head Scratchers: A&B Workplace Law Lawyers Answer Your Questions," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, October 2016.

"The Employment Contract: From Marriage to Divorce," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 2016.

“Changing Demographics in the Workplace: How To Manage And Thrive,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, May 2016.

“Medical Marijuana in the Workplace,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, February 2016.

“Top Issues In Employment Law,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 2016.

“Issues in Accommodation,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, October 2015.

“Workplace Law Update: What to Watch out For,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 2015.

“Social Media in the Workplace: The Evolution of New Rules and Practices,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, March 2015.

Selected Publications

"Fixed Terms - Can They Be Broken?," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, July 2015.

"The New Statutory Leaves of Absence in Ontario," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, April 2015.

Co-author, "The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: Have You Complied?," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Law Bulletin, October 2013.

Co-author, "Misconduct and addiction: When is cause enough?," Canadian Employment Law Today, November 13, 2013.

Education

  • JD, University of Windsor, 2010
  • BA, Queen's University, 2007