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Irving Kleiner

Torkin Manes LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1980


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Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2W7
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Irv, a key partner in Torkin Manes' Labour & Employment Group, specializes in all dimensions of labour relations and employment law, predominantly advising management teams. His advisory role spans various industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, health care, education, automotive, and retail, drawing from a rich background in both public and private sectors.

For over four decades, Irv has represented employers in numerous legal settings, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Boards of Arbitration, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and in courts for judicial review and appeals. His role as the chief negotiator in collective bargaining processes covers a wide range of sectors, interacting with almost every trade union recognized for bargaining rights and serving as the management nominee in numerous arbitration cases, especially within the healthcare industry.

Irv's approach is marked by a profound understanding of labour relations, offering strategic guidance to employers on a variety of issues, from union campaigns and certification to disputes over labour practices, collective bargaining, human rights, employment standards, and pay equity. Known for his calm demeanor, Irv adeptly navigates the challenges of collective bargaining preparation and workplace management during strikes or lockouts, effectively resolving disputes and representing clients across various judicial and arbitration proceedings, including boards dedicated to Human Rights, Employment Standards, and Pay Equity complaints.

Moreover, Irv undertakes workplace investigations and counsels on employment contracts, policy development, handling of employee exits, and wrongful dismissal litigations. He offers expert advice on labour and employment considerations in corporate transactions, focusing on due diligence and issues surrounding successor and related employer situations.

His expertise encompasses Labour & Employment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Health.

Irv's legal credentials are bolstered by his admission to the Ontario Bar in 1981, an LLB from McGill University in 1979, and an MA from Queen's University in 1976. His comprehensive approach and decades of experience make him a valuable asset to employers navigating the complex terrain of labour and employment law.


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