Coming Soon
2018 Canada Conference
Friday, November 16, 2018
   |   
Toronto, ON

Overview

George Vassos focuses his practice on advocacy before trial and appellate Courts, and before various labour boards, arbitrators, mediators, adjudicators, and other administrative tribunals, as well as strategic and proactive advice on a wide variety of labour and employment law issues. His work includes:

  • Employment contracts
  • Wrongful dismissal and employment litigation
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Injunctions
  • Group benefits
  • Employment standards
  • Human rights
  • Certification
  • Collective bargaining
  • Administration of collective agreements
  • Grievances
  • Arbitrations
  • Labour board matters
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Before joining Littler, George was a Senior Partner with Kuretzky Vassos Henderson, which was three times named one of Canada’s Top Ten Labour and Employment Law Boutique Firms by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, most recently 2014-2015. Littler is proud to continue this honour, recently named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada’s Top Ten Labour and Employment Law Boutique Firms, 2016-2017.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Canadian Bar Association

1977-present

Member

Toronto Lawyers Association

1983-present

Member

Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

1977-present

Member, Board of Directors

Macedonian Canadian Lawyers Association

2012-present

Member, Board of Directors

Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario

2004-2008

Member, Board of Directors

Canadian Macedonian Place

1994-2000

President

Canadian Macedonian Place

1999-2000

Recognition

Named, Leading Practitioners

Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

2017-2018

Named, The Best Lawyers in Canada©

2006-2019

Recipient

Peer Recommendation in Employment Law

Lexpert

1997-2016

Named, World's Leading Lawyers in Labour and Employment

Labour & Employment Expert Guide

2009-2016

Named, Top 100 Employment Lawyers in Canada

Lawday

2009

Named, Top Employment Law Practitioners Across Canada

Canadian H.R. Reporter

2008

Named, Best Lawyers in Canada, Labour and Employment

Financial Post Business Magazine

2007-2008

Named, Best Lawyers in Canada, Employment

National Post

2006

News, Analysis & Press

Littler Global Guide - Canada - Q4 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

January 19, 2018

Bill 148 is Now the Law in Ontario, Canada

Insight

November 29, 2017

Littler Global Guide - Canada - Q2 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

July 11, 2017

Labour Law Overhaul

Canadian Lawyer

March 6, 2017

Appeal Court Upholds Award to Contractors

Law Times

February 22, 2016

Update on Labour and Employment Law Considerations in Commercial Transactions

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 10, 2015

Bashin v. Hrynew 2014 SCC 71: The Duty of Honest Performance

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 5, 2015

Just Case or No Just Cause?

Human Resources Professionals Association

October 22, 2014

Just Cause Update

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 6, 2014

A Focus on Fidler v. Sunlife

Law Society of Upper Canada

January 9, 2013

Books & Book Chapters

  • Just Cause Dismissals in Canadian Employment Law: Recent Developments, New Perspectives on Canadian Employment Law, LexisNexis, Chapter 3, chapter co-author with Adrian Jakibchuk, 2014

Speaking Engagements

2018 Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 16, 2018
Second Annual Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 1, 2017
Employment Law Update 2017

Toronto, ON

September 18, 2017

Managing Benefit Risk: Employment Law Considerations

Canadian Group Insurance Brokers, Vaughan, Ontario

May 3, 2017
Inaugural Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 21, 2016

Senior Practitioners’ Panel

HRPA 2016 HR Law Conference, Toronto, ON

October 20, 2016
2016 Hot Topics for Ontario Employers

Toronto, ON

September 29, 2016

Navigating the New Gig Economy

Canadian Legal Update webinar

September 28, 2016

Removing or Changing Benefits: Assessing Risk From an Employment Law Perspective

The Williamson Group, Toronto, ON

June 23, 2016

The Rise of Dependent Contractors: Employer Beware!

Littler Webinar

May 25, 2016
Maintaining and Managing a Respect-Based Workplace and Preparing for Bill 132

Toronto, ON

April 12, 2016

Comparing U.S. and Canadian Taxation of Common Damages Paid in Employer-Employee Disputes

ABA Business Law Section Meeting, Montreal, QC

April 7, 2016

Employment Law for the Municipal Law Practitioner

The Commons Institute Webinar

February 25, 2016
You Asked, We'll Answer: Canadian HR/Employment Law Hot Topic FAQs

December 11, 2015

Update on Labour and Employment Law Considerations in Commercial Transactions

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 10, 2015

Bashin v. Hrynew 2014 SCC 71: The Duty of Honest Performance

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 5, 2015

Crisis Management Best Practices, Navigating Complex Cases

HRM Masterclass

April 17, 2015

Employment Law for the Municipal Law Practitioner

The Commons Institute Webinar

February 25, 2015

Assessing Risk with Respect to Removing or Changing Benefits

Empire Life Webinar

January 27, 2015

Disability Claims Management Course, Workplace Accommodations

Federated Press Conference

September 19, 2014

Just Cause Update

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 6, 2014

Employee Benefits Plans and the Evolving Legal Framework

Accurate Design Benefits & Insurance Agencies Inc.

February 10, 2014

Employee Benefits and the Evolving Legal Framework

Empire Life Webinar

November 6, 2013

Education

  • M.I.R., University of Toronto, 1981
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1980
  • B.Comm., Queen’s University, 1976Honours

Bar Admission

Ontario, Canada

Courts

  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Ontario Divisional Court
  • Ontario Superior Court
  • Federal Court of Canada
  • Federal Court of Appeal