Andrea York
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5263

Andrea is the Practice Group Leader of the Blakes National Employment & Labour group and Co-Chair of the Firm's Privacy group. She is an experienced advocate with over 20 years of experience in the areas of employment and privacy law. Her practice is devoted exclusively to advising corporations and other employers on employment and privacy law matters.

Andrea provides clients with timely and practical advice, and works with employers across a variety of industries, including banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, medical and consumer products, technology, pharma, and marketing and advertising. In addition to providing day-to-day compliance and strategic advice, Andrea regularly works with clients on the preparation of employment and termination agreements, and acts for employers in various legal proceedings, including wrongful dismissal and human rights claims and in claims enforcing post-employment obligations. Andrea also advises on the employment and privacy law aspects of commercial transactions, including M&A transactions, reorganizations, insolvencies and outsourcing transactions.

Andrea is also a member of the Blakes NITRO team, and a member and past Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Blakes.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Led the Blakes employment law team advising Toronto-Dominion Bank on its C$792-million acquisition of Greystone Capital Management Inc.

  • Lead employment law partner for IMCD Group in its acquisition of the specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor L.V. Lomas (now IMCD Canada Limited)

  • Led the Blakes employment law team advising Wells Fargo on the Canadian employment law aspects of its US$31-billion acquisition of GE Capital's global commercial distribution finance and vendor finance businesses

  • Successfully defended multi-national employer in credibility-focused Human Rights Tribunal hearing dealing with claim of pregnancy discrimination following termination

  • Represented multi-national transportation company in Human Rights Tribunal hearing in high-profile case involving a conflict between religious accommodation requirements and worker health and safety

  • Regularly negotiates and drafts executive employment contracts, termination agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and advises on incentive compensation arrangements and employee policies

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Andrea has been recognized for her expertise by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour - Ontario)

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits (Labour & Employment)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Labour and Employment Law)

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Recent Developments in Canadian Dismissal Law
Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law, Toronto, Ontario, June 20, 2019.
Co-author: Global Legal Insights Employment and Labour Law 2019 Canada Chapter
Seventh Edition, Global Legal Insight Group, December 2018.
Co-author: Ontario Court Clarifies Employers’ Duties in Mass Termination Cases
Employment and Labour Law Reporter, Vol. 28, No. 8, November 2018.
Co-author: Employment Module (Constructive Dismissal section)
Lexis Practice Advisor, September 2018.
Blakes Business Class, June 12, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, January 2018.
Co-author: Practice note, Employee Privacy Notice (Canada)
Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited, October 2017.
Co-author: Practice note, Candidate Privacy Notice (Canada)
Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited, October 2017.
Co-author: Recent Developments in Employment and Labour Law, Dismissal Law Update
Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law, Toronto, Ontario, June 15, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Presenter: Recent Developments in Canadian Dismissal Law
Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law, Toronto, Ontario, June 20, 2019.
Panel Member: #MeToo Investigations - Tips and Traps for the WGC
2019 WGCC (Women General Counsel Canada) National Conference, Toronto, Ontario, January 24, 2019.
Co-presenter: Human Rights and Employment Law Issues relating to Canadian Benefit Arrangements
Blakes Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law, Toronto, Ontario, October 30, 2018.
Panel Member: Being Prepared for Today’s Workplace – A Discussion on Employment and Workplace Privacy Law
Association of Corporate Counsel - Ontario Chapter, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2018.
Panel Member: Drug and Alcohol Testing
Connections Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2018.
Co-presenter: Avoiding and Addressing Harassment Complaints in the 'MeToo' Era
Blakes Business Class, April 18, 2018.
Presenter: Recent Developments in Employment and Labour Law, Dismissal Law Update
Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law, Toronto, Ontario, June 15, 2017.
Panel Member: Employee Whistleblower Protections
Connections Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May 2017.
Moderator: Balancing Interests: Employee Monitoring & Workplace Privacy
International Association of Privacy Professionals, KnowledgeNet, Toronto, Ontario, January 2017.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers
Article by Dale Smith, Law Times, November 12, 2018.
Quoted: Retailers squeezed by new rules. New pay and scheduling laws causing uncertainty for retailers and restaurants.
Article by Meagan Gillmore, Canadian Lawyer, July 3, 2018.
Quoted: Credit for service clarified after company changes hands
Article by Dale Smith, Law Times, May 28, 2018.
Quoted: Ask a Lawyer: When do bonuses need to be paid out post-employment?
HRD Canada, January 22, 2018.
Quoted: Alberta: Top Court Upholds Employer's 'No Free Accident' Drug Policy
Article by Peter Menyasz, Bloomberg BNA, July 6, 2017.
Quoted: Take Care with Tracking Monitoring, Outside Employee Movement May Violate Privacy Laws
Article by Sandra Rubin, Lexpert Magazine, February 1, 2017.
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