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Daniel Pugen

Torkin Manes LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 2005


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Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2W7
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Daniel leads the Labour & Employment Group as a partner and chair, crafting a comprehensive practice that supports employers across a spectrum of workplace, labour, and employment matters.

His prowess shines in labour relations, where he assists clients with union certification responses, grievances against unfair labour practices, and represents them during labour board hearings, arbitration, and collective bargaining sessions. Daniel's employment law expertise covers the entirety of the employment life cycle, from recruitment to termination, focusing on compliance with employment standards, crafting employment contracts and policies, managing attendance and disabilities, and navigating the complexities of termination and restrictive covenants.

Valued for his direct involvement with client teams, Daniel's approachable nature and business-savvy advice make him an indispensable part of the decision-making process. He focuses on actionable advice, steering clear of theoretical legal pitfalls to prioritize business initiatives related to staffing and labour dynamics.

His advisory services extend to human rights compliance, education, and navigating accommodation challenges, particularly in adapting to remote work and reintegration into office settings. With a solid background in workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety, Daniel aids in regulatory adherence, responds to Ministry of Labour directives, and defends against health and safety prosecutions. His business insights also guide clients through labour and employment complexities during corporate transactions.

Daniel represents a diverse clientele from both private and public sectors, including industries like manufacturing, finance, technology, and healthcare, among others. He has led as counsel in numerous high-stakes litigations across various labour and employment tribunals and courts.

In addition to his legal practice, Daniel serves as an adjudicator for an electricity sector administrative tribunal and is a recognized speaker and author on workplace matters. His commitment to education in workplace violence, health and safety, and labour relations has made him a respected figure in his field, underscored by his recognition in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Employment and Labour Law.

Daniel's legal credentials include admission to the Ontario Bar in 2005, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004, and a BA from York University in 2001.


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