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Work is one of the single most important aspects of our lives. It fills our days and shapes our existence. Work is as old as humankind. These are the reasons that motivated me to become an employment lawyer – to help people in that aspect of their lives that we all have in common. The best description of the place of work in our lives is that of Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Brian Dickson, which I often return to:

“Work is one of the most fundamental aspects in a person’s life, providing the individual with a means of financial support and, as importantly, a contributory role in society. A person’s employment is an essential component of his or her sense of identity, self‑worth and emotional well‑being. Accordingly, the conditions in which a person works are highly significant in shaping the whole compendium of psychological, emotional and physical elements of a person’s dignity and self-respect.”

Reference Re Public Service Employee Relations Act (Alta.), [1987] 1 SCR 313

True! And the reason I make it a central tenet of my practice that everyone deserves to be happy at work.

Adrian Ishak



About the Author: Toronto Employment Lawyer Adrian Ishak’s practice focuses on all aspects of employment law including employee relations, terminations, wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, and employment policies. He provides strategic counselling on a number of human resources, privacy and human rights issues. With a joint Ontario and Québec call and with experience in both jurisdictions, Adrian guides his clients through employment standards matters, pay and employment equity, and human rights obligations in Canadian common law and Québec’s civil law jurisdiction. Adrian represents clients in both English and French.