Talent Canada
Talent Canada

Virtual Event
Work Reimagined: The Way Forward
April 26, 2022 at 1:30pm EST

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Legal Considerations


  • Stuart Rudner, Employment Lawyer, Mediator & Founder, Rudner Law LLP
  • Jessica Fairbairn, Employment Lawyer & Partner, Harris & Co in Vancouver


This roundtable discussion, moderated by Talent Canada publisher Todd Humber, will focus on:

  • What needs to change in employment contracts/offer letters?
  • How do you protect assets and intellectual property?
  • The duty to disconnect: How the new legislation will impact employers

Stuart Rudner
Stuart Rudner is a leading Employment Lawyer and Mediator. For six consecutive years, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law, and he has been repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada). He was also named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers and recognized as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards.

Stuart is the founder and Managing Partner of Rudner Law​, which was recently ​selected as the Silver Winner for Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm in the seventh annual Canadian HR Awards, presented by HRD Canada and supported by Canadian HR Reporter. ​Rudner Law was also selected as one of the Top Three Employment & Labour Boutiques in Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019 and 2020. Rudner Law was chosen as the winner of the 2019 and 2020 International Advisory Experts Award – Employment Law within Canada and the winner of the Canadian Employment Law Firm of the Year for 2019 and 2020 in the Global Law Experts Annual Awards.

Stuart is the author of ​You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada and has contributed to several other texts. He comments frequently in the media on Employment Law matters, moderates several blogs, and hosts a monthly online show: ​Fire Away​. He also enjoys spending time with his family, often in hockey rinks and dance studios. Stuart can be reached at 416-864-8501 or ​stuart@rudnerlaw.ca​.

Jessica S. Fairbairn
Jessica is a detail-oriented lawyer who works hard to find creative and practical solutions to her clients’ labour and employment issues. She advises and represents employers in both the private and public sector on various workplace issues. In particular, she focuses on labour grievances, human rights issues, discrimination and accommodation complaints, employment standards complaints, and workplace investigations. She has appeared before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the BC Employment Standards Branch, and the BC Labour Relations Board, in addition to appearing before labour arbitrators on various files.

Jessica has over a decade of experience working with clients of all sizes. Although she represents employers in a wide variety of sectors and industries, Jessica has particular expertise working in the K-12 education, film and television, and insurance sectors. Before moving to Vancouver and joining Harris, Jessica practised at a large international firm in their San Francisco office. As a result of her background, Jessica is also able to provide unique legal insight for U.S.-based companies with Canadian employees, or who are looking to expand their businesses and hire staff in British Columbia.

Jessica is also a member of the Harris COVID-19 Response team, and as part of that team has worked diligently to keep clients informed of legislative and public health changes pertaining to COVID-19 which impact employers and the workplace. She enjoys the challenge of finding practical solutions to the complex and evolving problems the pandemic has thrown at the employer community.

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