Jason W. Hanson - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Jason W. Hanson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 416-862-6633

Jason is a certified labour law specialist with extensive experience in advising employers and boards of directors on all areas of labour and employment law, including corporate transactions, executive compensation arrangements, collective bargaining, change of control agreements, privatizations, restructurings, outsourcing, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, legislative compliance and privacy. He has represented employers before labour relations and employment tribunals and various courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also conducts discrimination investigations and works with employers in developing pro­active employment policies and procedures and defends corporate employers and individuals in health and safety prosecutions. Jason has gained deep and comprehensive experience over his 30 year career with Osler. Jason is a former two-term elected member of Osler’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Firm’s National Employment and Labour Department.

Additional Information

Notable Matters
  • Labour relations strategy for major business restructurings.
  • Workplace change strategy in broader public sector employer leading to material decline in workplace disputes. Executive retention and restructuring for national and international businesses.
  • Strategies for multi­national employers to achieve compliance with international export control laws and domestic discrimination laws.
  • Pro­active strategies and policies in financial services, manufacturing, logistics, retail and broader public sector.

Reported cases include:

  • Toronto Hydro v. CUPE Local One [2011]. Successfully presented leading case dealing with Labour Board discretion to dismiss unfair labour practice complaints on a preliminary, discretionary basis.
  • Toronto Hydro v. CUPE Local One [2008]. Successfully presented leading case dealing with organizational change across multi­location operations.
  • Toronto (City) v. CUPE Local 79 [2003] 3 S.C.R. 77 (Supreme Court of Canada). Successfully presented this leading case before Canada’s highest court requiring labour arbitrators to follow the findings of the criminal courts.
  • General Electric Canada v. Professional & Technical Engineers, [2002] O.L.A.A. No. 516. Successfully presented this leading case preserving management’s flexibility in assigning software design tasks despite union objections.
  • General Motors of Canada Ltd. and CAW­Canada, Local 199 (2001), 93 L.A.C. (4th) 329. Successfully presented this leading case preserving management’s right to determine location of business activities.
University of TorontoBA University of WindsorJ.D.
American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Labor and Employment Law CommitteeCanadian Bar Association, National Labour Law SectionLaw Society of Upper Canada

Office Location

100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50
Toronto, ON M5X 1B8

Practice Areas

Labour and Employment Law