Bio

Jeff has 25 years experience advising and representing unions and employees in the broad fields of labour and employment law. He was formerly a co-leader of the firm's Labour practice group. He is recognized by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" in the areas of labour and employment law.

Jeff appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, at arbitration hearings and inquests.

Jeff's work for unions includes advice and representation for organizing applications, unfair labour practice complaints, successorship and sale of business matters, injunction applications, constructive industry labour law, internal union organizational advice and disciplinary matters.

Jeff represents non-union employees, managers, executives and professionals in a range of matters, including wrongful dismissal, compensation, competition, human rights and harassment claims and investigations.

Jeff also practices in the fields of professional regulation, privacy/access to information, and occupational health and safety.

Jeff is a member of the Administrative Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association for which has served as the Public Affairs Liaison. He is also a Past Chair of the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Jeff has extensive experience dealing with the accommodation of the disabled in the workplace. He was counsel in a number of leading cases in the field of workplace drug and alcohol testing. Jeff was pro bono counsel for the complainant and the intervenor, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, in the Entrop v. Imperial Oil case which recognized alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse as a handicaps under Ontario's Human Rights Code and held that random workplace drug testing may be discriminatory. Jeff was also union counsel in the Sarnia Cranes case where the Ontario Labour Relations Board struck down the employer's alcohol and drug testing policy.

Jeff speaks and has authored a number of articles about labour relations matters, privacy and drug testing. He is the author of the Second Edition of Labour Relations Board Remedies In Canada published by Canada Law Book. For years he assisted George Adams with the publication of the leading text Canadian Labour Law. As well, Jeff's interest in law reform and public policy development led to his appointment as a counsel for George Adams in the public consultation he conducted for the Ontario Government concerning Ontario's Special Investigations Unit which investigates police action resulting in death or serious injury.

Jeff brings to the firm his experience as a journalist and an active member of the Southern Ontario Newspaper Guild. In that role he was involved in organizing, negotiations, acting as a steward and executive officer as well as being a trade union delegate to the maquiladora trade zone, Mexico and to Nicaragua.

Jeff received his LLB from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. Prior to that he attended Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean as an Officer Cadet in the Canadian Armed Forces during which time he also competed basic officer training and basic pilot training before returning to civilian life.

Education

  • Call to the Ontario Bar, 1994

  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, LLB, 1992

  • McMaster University, Bachelor of Arts, 1983

  • Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, 1976-1978

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association

  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

  • Royal Canadian Military Institute

Accolades

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada" in Labour & Employment Law, rated by his peers

Related Events

Event/Apr 1, 2020

Jeff Andrew Speaks at Lancaster House Human Rights Human Rights and Accommodation Conference (Postponed)

Jeff Andrew speaks at Lancaster House’s Human Rights and Accommodation Conference.  He will be participating in a panel called:  &ldqu...
Event/Dec 4, 2018

Jeff Andrew speaks at Lancaster House 2018 Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference

Jeff Andrew speaks at Lancaster House 2018 Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference. He will participating in the panel entitled: "Looking Back, Movin...
Event/Oct 17, 2016

Jeff Andrew Co-Chairs the 2016 Lancaster House Health and Safety Conference

Jeff Andrew is co-chairing the Lancaster House Health and Safety Conference.  This conference covers such topics as combatting workplace violence...
Event/Jan 26, 2015

Jeff Andrew Speaks on Union Organizing at Osgoode Professional Development's Certificate in Labour Law Program

Jeff Andrew is speaking at the Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law program.  He will be participating in a session entitled "Union Organizing and A...

Related Publications

Commentary/5 February 2021

"Better Investigations are Needed to Complement Workplace Safety Law"

In today's Legal Matters' Commentary, Jeff Andrew discusses how legislation aimed at addressing harassment and violence in federally regulated workpla...
Commentary/11 January 2021

"Fair Comment or Foul? That Online Post Could Cost you Your job"

In today's Legal Matters' commentary, Jeff Andrew discusses the impact of posting private opinions on social media, and the possibility of dismissal w...
Commentary/11 December 2020

"One Size Does Not Fit All When it Comes to a Termination"

In today's Legal Matters' commentary, Jeff Andrew discusses the importance of seeking advice after being terminated to avoid making costly mistakes an...
Commentary/3 November 2020

"Not Taking Workplace Harassment Claims Seriously can be Costly"

In today's Legal Matters' commentary, Jeff Andrew discusses  how allegations of workplace harassment can have far-reaching implications and requi...

Related Blogs

/10 February 2021

How the Global COVID-19 Pandemic May Impact Employees' Notice Periods

Are employees entitled to a longer notice period when their employment is terminated during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Are employees entitled to a longer notice period when their employment is terminated during the COVID-19 pandemic? This blog post explains that an emp...
/2 February 2021

Notice in Ontario: How Is it Calculated?

The Employment Standards Act and the Common Law

When an employee is terminated in Ontario, they are generally entitled to advance notice. Under the law of Ontario, there are two types of notice: the...
/21 January 2021

Statutory Holidays in Ontario: Demystified

What are my entitlements ​and how are they calculated?

Most employees are entitled to time off and holiday pay during statutory holidays. This blog post explains what statutory holidays are, statutory holi...
/5 November 2020

Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Clauses – When Are They Enforceable?

Dealing with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

What do the restrictive covenants in your employment contract mean, and are they enforceable? This blog explains these legal terms and discusses the i...

Cases

Case/19 November 2018

Ontario Power Generation and the Society of Energy Professionals

Jeff Andrew acted for the Society of Energy Professionals in Ontario Power Generation and The Society of Energy Professionals in the matter of a ...