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Sheilagh is a solution-oriented advocate who secures best outcomes for clients based on their individual needs.   This can be through litigation or a range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.   Sheilagh advocates for clients on issues arising at the point of hire, in the course of employment or on termination.

Her main area of practice is employment and labour law, and her experience is with the wide array of issues related to employment relationships, the workplace and members of regulated professions, such as wrongful dismissal, contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, labour disputes, human rights claims, professional discipline\regulation issues, and workplace harassment and other investigations.  Sheilagh has extensive experience in education law and in the specialized field of disability insurance benefits—working with individuals and trade unions to pursue denied benefits claims. 

Sheilagh is also available to conduct workplace investigations.  In the course of her more than 20 years of experience, Sheilagh has advised regularly on workplace discrimination, harassment and violence policies, as well as issues related to persons asserting or accused of harassment.  Because of this extensive experience, Sheilagh has the in-depth knowledge and insight necessary to conduct efficient and responsible investigations. 

A frequent writer and speaker, Sheilagh has published, trained, workshopped and presented on issues concerning civil litigation skills, workplace accommodation, discrimination in employment, equality rights, education law and collective bargaining.  She is also co-editor of the legal text, Education Labour and Employment Law in Ontario published by Thomson Reuters.

Sheilagh is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association.  She has been recognized by  Best Lawyers of Canada in Labour and Employment Law.

Education

  • Call to the Bar, 1996
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1994
  • University of Western Ontario, M.A., 1991

Memberships

  • Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association

Related Events

Event/Oct 24, 2019: 09:45 - Oct 17, 2019: 11:00

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at Osgoode's Advanced Issues in Special Education Conference

Sheilagh Turkington is a faculty member at Osgoode Hall’s 14th Annual Program on Advanced Issues in Special Education conference.  She will...
Event/Oct 15, 2016

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at Osgoode's 10th Annual Special Education Law Conference

Sheilagh Turkington speaks at Osgoode's 10th Annual Special Education Law Conference.  She will be participating in a panel entitled:  "Mana...
Event/Oct 19, 2014

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at the 9th Annual Conference on Advanced Issues in Special Education Law

Sheilagh Turkington is participating in a session entitled "Managing Injurious Behaviour" at Osgoode Professional Development's 9th Annual Advanced Is...
Event/Nov 2, 2011

Sheilagh Turkington Is the Keynote Speaker at ETFO’s Provincial Health and Safety Conference

Sheilagh Turkington is the key-note speaker at the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's Provincial Health and Safety Conference, "Health and S...

Related Publications

Article/1 April 2008

Environmental Sensitivity and the Workplace

In May 2007, the Canadian Human Rights Commission published a paper on “The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities” written by... Read More

Related Blogs

/29 April 2019

Employees, Dependent Contractors and Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference?

What misclassification can mean to you

Workers who are misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees or dependent contractors could be deprived of important benefits. It's i...

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