Alex Kagan

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2017

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
  • Education
Alex prides himself on identifying practical solutions for complex employment issues. He appreciates that the modern workplace is increasingly fluid and the only constant is change.

As a litigator and member of the firm’s Workplace Law Group, Alex assists employers in defending a variety of employment and labour claims. In addition to diligent advocacy, he works closely with clients to identify strategic vulnerabilities with the goal of resolving issues before litigation arises. Alex leverages his experience in drafting and implementing employment agreements, and various workplace policies.

Alex also applies his expertise in employment and labour to various corporate transactions. Acting as a specialist, Alex assists clients by identifying employment liabilities and managing them in the course of a transaction.  

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for his expertise in Labour & Employment Law
  • Mondaq Thought Leadership Award Recipient (Compliance - Canada), 2024

Professional Involvement


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • The Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) – Human Rights Committee Member 

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Navigating the Hidden Cost of Employment Liabilities in a Valuation," Chartered Business Valuators Institute, Frequent Speaker.

"Work From Home: The New Normal?" Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, March 1, 2023. 

"Human Rights and Accommodation in the Workplace: The Rules of the Road," National Employment Law Forum, February 22, 2023. 

"Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Legal Compliance with Web Accessibility and Accessibility Compliance Reports," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, June 10, 2021.

"Workplace Vaccinations: Legal Considerations and Recommendations for Employers,"  Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, May 19, 2021.

"Workplace Investigations: Best Practices for Your Organization," April 6, 2021.

"Top Labour and Employment Trends From 2020: Preparing for the Unpredictable," Aird & Berlis Workplace Webinar, February 2, 2021.

Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Online Session, November 24, 2020.

Selected Publications

Co-Author, "Pending Deadline for Ontario Temporary Help Agencies, Recruiters: July 1, 2024," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, May 29, 2024.

Co-Author, "Ceiling? What Ceiling?" HRD Canada, March 14, 2024.

Co-Author, "Deadline Extended: Licensing Requirements for Ontario Employers That Leverage Recruiters and Temporary Help Agencies Now Effective July 1, 2024," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, December 13, 2023.

Co-Author, "Employers in Ontario That Leverage Recruiters and Temporary Help Agencies Take Note – New Licensing Requirements Effective January 1, 2024," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, October 23, 2023.

Co-Author, "Mark Your Calendar: AODA Compliance Report Deadline Approaching on December 31, 2023," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, October 23, 2023.

Co-Author, “Atypical Workers – Domestic and Abroad,” AELC Workplace in Transition Conference, October 2022.

Co-Author, "Key Post-Pandemic Considerations for Employers with Cross-Border Employment Relationships," The Lawyer's Daily, October 13, 2022.

"Return to Work: Managing Employee Reluctance and Refusals," October 2020.

"COVID-19: Can Ontario Employers Refuse to Work?" Workplace Environment Health & Safety Reporter, March 2020.

Co-Author, "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment: Costly Lessons in the #MeToo Era," OBA Annual Update on Human Rights, May 2018.

"The Evolving Demands of Franchisor Disclosure," OBA, November 4, 2015.


  • JD, Western University, 2016
  • HBA, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006