Clifford Hart's practice is restricted to representing employers in the areas of labour relations, employment and sports law.
Mr. Hart advises employers of both union and non-union workplaces on a broad range of issues including the interpretation and administration of collective agreements, union organizing campaigns, unfair labour practices, strikes and picketing, human rights and wrongful dismissal. He also has special expertise as counsel in employment standards issues.
Mr. Hart appears regularly as employer counsel in grievance and interest arbitrations, and before administrative tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
He acts as employer spokesperson and strategist in the negotiation of collective agreements in the private sector and broader public sector. He also advises employers on the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures.
Mr. Hart also acts as counsel to National Hockey League clubs in salary arbitration disputes with their players.
Mr. Hart regularly lectures to clients and other groups on topical labour issues and is co-author of "Canadian Employment Law Fact Book".
He is committed to providing thorough, responsive and personalized service.
- LL.B., University of Alberta, 1987
- B.A., McGill University, 1984
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013
- Member, Canadian Bar Association (Labour Law Section)
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
- Member, Sports Lawyers Association
- Co-author Canadian Employment Law Factbook
- Truth or Dare? When Employees Quit ... or Maybe Don't!, Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog (November 7, 2012)
- Investigating Employee Misconduct, Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog (May 22, 2012)
- Turbulent Times: Managing Employee Layoffs, Terminations, and Other Cost Reduction Strategies, Charities and Not-For-Profit Newsletter (August 2009)
- Turbulent Times: Managing Employee Layoffs, Terminations, and Other Cost Reduction Strategies, The Red Flag (June 2009)
- Licensing of Security Guards and Private Investigators and the Registration of Businesses that Employ them Approaching Quickly , Labour and Employment Communiqué - Ontario (February 27, 2008)
- Termination Pay and Severance Pay Obligations, Construction and Infrastructure Law Newsletter (Spring 1998)
Other Editorial Contributions
- Contributed as Research Assistant Employment Law Manual by John Sproat
Key Practice Expertise
Areas of Focus
- Collective Agreements
- Wrongful Dismissals
- Human Rights
- Employment Standards
Year of Call
- Ontario Bar, 1991
- Alberta Bar, 1988