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Meghan A. Cowan

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2013

Meghan is a member of the firm's Litigation Group, Labour & Employment Group and Privacy & Data Security Team. She advises on a variety of litigation matters, with a focus on privacy and labour and employment law, including wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights and labour relations.

Meghan assists clients with their litigation issues by thoroughly examining all aspects of a case and delivering practical solutions. Meghan is a critical thinker and a strong advocate. She frequently writes and speaks on a variety of labour, employment and privacy topics.

Meghan has appeared before several tribunals and courts, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Small Claims Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Dealing with the Difficult Employee," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, April 2017.

"Emerging Issues in Human Rights: Family Status and Transgender Accommodation in Employment," Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, February 2017.

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

"Pay Equity and Women's Economic Empowerment," Aird & Berlis LLP Women in Business Webinar, November 2016.

"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.

"Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) – Updates Since September 2015," Aird & Berlis LLP Technology Webinar, September 2016.

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

“How Workplace Health, Safety and Privacy Clash and Converge,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, March 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.

“Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation – Updates Since July 1, 2014,” Aird & Berlis LLP Technology Webinar, September 2015.

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

“Attendance Management and Control: An Employer’s Guide,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, January 2015.

“Managing the Discipline and Termination Process: Getting It Right the First Time,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, November 2014.

“Workplace Accommodation and Mental Illness: A New Challenge and Different Approach,” Aird & Berlis LLP Labour & Employment Webinar, September 2014.

“Are You Prepared for Compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)?,” Aird & Berlis LLP Technology Webinar, May 2014.

Selected Publications

“Important Changes to Employers’ Obligations Regarding Violence and Harassment in the Workplace,” co-authored with Cynthia Sefton, Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, December 2015.

“Employment Update: Termination Provisions and the Definition of Severance,” Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, June 2015.

“Recent Developments in the Law of Constructive Dismissal: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission,” Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, April 2015.

“Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Privacy Law,” co-authored with Paige Backman, Aird & Berlis LLP Privacy Law Bulletin, November 2013.

Education

  • JD, (cum laude), University of Ottawa, 2012
  • MA, (International Affairs), Carleton University, 2012
  • BA, (First Class Honours), University of King's College and Dalhousie University, 2007