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Alex Kagan

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2017

Alex prides himself on identifying practical solutions for complex employment issues. Prior to law school, Alex had a career in marketing and advertising and developed original brand strategy for some of the country’s largest businesses and not-for-profit organizations. 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. Alex also works closely with clients to identify strategic vulnerabilities with the goal of resolving issues before litigation arises. In addition to diligent advocacy, Alex leverages his experience conducting workplace investigations as well as drafting and implementing employment agreements and various workplace policies.

Awards & Recognition

  • Finalist, Extractive and Indigenous Affairs Negotiation Moot, 2016
  • Best Respondent Factum, Lerners LLP Cup, 2014
  • Finalist, Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, 2014

Professional Involvement

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

Selected Speaking Engagements

"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

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

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

Education

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