An acknowledged resource on Canadian employment law, Barry Kuretzky brings creative solutions to business-critical decisions. His distinctive legal knowledge and clarifying common sense guide clients across the employment spectrum, from hiring to termination.

During a career spanning four decades, Barry has gained particular experience counseling clients in the labour relations area, which includes collective bargaining, union organizing drives, certification and decertification of unions, grievances and arbitrations.

Additionally, Barry advises marquee companies across Canada who face a myriad workplace challenges, including:

  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Unjust dismissals pursuant to the Canada Labour Code
  • Employment standards adjudications
  • Human rights, including disability and accommodation matters
  • Sexual harassment
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Workers' compensation
  • On-the-job health and safety
  • Injunctions restraining competition and information distribution
  • Wrongful hiring
  • Negligent misrepresentation in the employment context
  • Employment issues related to the sale or restructuring of businesses
  • Negotiation and drafting of employment contracts and workplace policies.

Sought-after for his knowledge of workplace law, Barry wrote two industry-related books: Mediating Employment Law Disputes and Human Resources Guide to Workplace Harassment. He has been quoted significantly in the press on Canadian labour and employment issues, and has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the country’s top lawyers.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Canadian Bar Association


Named, The Best Lawyers in Canada©


Recipient, Continuing Legal Education Long-Term Achievement Award

Law Society of Upper Canada

Named, Leading Practitioners

Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory


News, Analysis & Press

Employment: North America - Canada (Ontario)

Littler Report

August 29, 2019

Speaker’s Corner: Employee or independent contractor?

Law Times

March 8, 2010

Imposing Fiduciary Duties on Departing Executives

The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Forum on Managing Legal Risks in Employing Executives

June 16 and 17, 2008

The Impact of Privacy Rights on the Workplace

Ontario Bar Association, 7th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law, 2008

March 6, 2008

Privacy in the Workplace

The Law Society of Upper Canada, Special Lectures, 2007 – Employment Law: From Resume to Pink Slip

April 23 and 24, 2007

Books & Book Chapters

  • Mediating Employment Law Disputes, (second edition) co-author, 2013
  • Human Resources Guide to Workplace Harassment, co-author, 2003

Speaking Engagements

Second Annual Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 1, 2017

Inaugural Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 21, 2016

New England’s Neighbor to the North: What Makes Canadian Employment Law Uniquely Canadian?

2016 New England Employer Conference, Burlington, MA

October 13, 2016

Inaugural Brazil Conference - São Paulo

September 14, 2016

Canadian v. U.S. Employment Law: Six Minutes at a Time

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Conducting Lawful Investigations: An Interactive Program for Internal Investigators

Toronto, ON

November 24, 2015

Developing a Workplace Violence Policy

Federated Press Publications Inc. 8th Annual Preventing Violence & Harassment in the Workplace

October 7-8, 2015

Legal Risk Course

Federated Press Publications Inc. 9th Annual HR Conference

September 24, 2015

Workplace Accommodation

Federated Press Publications Inc. 3rd Annual Disability Claims Management Conference

September 18, 2015

Ageism in Termination

5th Edition Workplace Discipline & Terminations Conference

June 9, 2015

Navigating the Employment Standards Act

Osgoode Professional Development

March 3, 2015

Employment Law/Nonprofit and Charities

Charity Law Seminar

March 2, 2015

Workplace Accommodations

Federated Press Publications Inc. 2nd Disability Claims Management Course

September 19, 2014


Federated Press Publications Inc. Conference

September 18, 2014


Federated Press Publications Inc. 8th Annual HR Legal Risks Conference

September 12, 2014

Navigating the Employment Standards Act

Osgoode Professional Development

April 9, 2014

Litigating Claims in the Municipal Workplace

The Commons Institute

February 26, 2014

Mediating Terminations, Opening Remarks and Workshop

3rd Discipline and Employment Termination Course

February 14, 2014

Examining Recent Landmark Cases Under A Microscope

8th Edition Disability Management in the Workplace Conference

January 30, 2014

Unusual Cases in Law of Accommodation

Federated Press Publications Inc. 8th Annual Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Course

December 13, 2013

Workplace Accommodation

Federated Press Publications Inc. Disability Claims Management Course

September 27, 2013

Latest Legal Developments Impacting HR Practices: Emerging of Noncompliance

6th HR Legal Risks Course, Co-chair, welcome and opening remarks

September 10, 2013

Navigating the Employment Standards Act

Osgoode Professional Development

July 8, 2013


  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1978
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1973

Bar Admission

Ontario, Canada


  • Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Ontario Superior Court