George Waggott is a member of the Employment & Labour Relations Group who has a national practice based in the Toronto office. George has practised exclusively in the areas of labour relations, employment law, and executive compensation since 1996 and acts for employers in all workplace issues. In addition to his ongoing advice to companies, he frequently appears before the courts, mediators, labour relations boards, grievance arbitrators and employment tribunals. He also regularly acts as a management spokesperson in collective bargaining.
George is outside employment counsel to a number of multinational companies, and his role includes drafting employment and consulting agreements, advising on transactions, providing ongoing employment and executive compensation advice, and ensuring employment standards compliance.
George Waggott has extensive experience in executive compensation, including drafting and advising on compensation plans and contracts in the financial services, technology, forestry, mining, health care, transportation, manufacturing and gaming industries.
George was a member of the team on the following transactions:
- Advised Williams Energy on certain employment and labour work associated with its acquisition by Energy Transfer. The combination will create the third largest energy franchise in North America and one of the five largest global energy companies.
- Represented HB Construction Company Ltd., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Williams Companies, Inc., in connection with its acquisition of certain assets of Comstock Canada Ltd., and its affiliate pursuant to Comstock's restructuring under the Companies' Creditor Arrangement Act.
- Acted for Georgia-Pacific in its purchase of certain assets of Grant Forest Products.
- Acted for Kraft Canada Inc. when it completed the sale of its Post cereal brand assets to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
- Acted for Deluxe Vancouver Ltd., a division of the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., when it acquired Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., a division of Rainmaker Income Fund, along with Visual Effects UK Limited, Rainmaker's visual effects operation in London, England.
- Acted for Mylan Inc. when it completed its acquisition Merck KGaA's generics business to become one of the largest quality generics and specialty pharmaceuticals companies in the world.
- Acted for Kraft Canada Inc. when it completed the sale of its canned fruit and vegetable, soup and Italian foods businesses to CanGro Foods Inc., a newly-formed affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and EG Capital Group, LLC.
ACC Ontario: Using Non-Disclosure Agreements & Confidentiality Agreements Effectively
Drafting Employment Contracts
Drafting Confidentiality Clauses and Agreements
Employment Agreements: Not Always Expired, Especially in Transaction Setting
Ontario Whistleblowers: OSC Soon Open for Business
Obsessive Compulsive Restaurant Requests: "The Customer Is Always Right"
An Employer's Guide to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)
Carrying the Tune: OSC Whistleblower Program Coming Soon
Fresh Consideration Needed: Court of Appeal confirms employment agreement unenforceable and offer letter governs employment
Union Disclosure Not Required: Christmas came early for Canadian unions
Car Allowances: Not A Sacred Right
You Might Call It a "Discretionary" Bonus, But Is It Truly Discretionary?
Ontario Securities Commission: Please Comment on Whistleblower Policy
Go Jays Go! - Playboy Goes All Text; Aussies Set to Engage in Genocide of Feral Cats; Amanda Lang leaves Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – What a Day for Canada's Baseball Team!
Employers: Be Proactive and Plan for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
England Rugby to Players: Twitter arguments equal "battle you won't win"
Reading Between the Lines – How Employers Can Make Legitimate Changes While Respecting the Collective Agreement
Union Financial Disclosure Bill Passed by Canada's Senate Just Before Summer Recess
Canadian Unionization Rates Continuing to Fall
Performance Bonuses: Employer Discretion Alive and Well
Corporate Social Responsibility: Creating and Implementing Supplier Codes of Conduct
Confidentiality Protections Squashed by SEC
Employment Contracts: Choice of Law Not Same as Imposing Jurisdiction
The Whistleblower Who Cried Wolf: Arbitrator Upholds Termination of False Whistleblower
Blowing the Whistle: The OSC Proposes Canada's First Whistleblower Program
Employee Free Speech: Is It Muted by "Abusive Stardom"?
Ontario Human Rights Commission Comments on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Call it What you Want, It's Still Constructive Dismissal
Ontario Pension Legislation: Alphabet Soup Comes to Queen's Park
Labour Arbitrators and Canada's Competition Act: Jurisdictional Clarification
Blame It On Rio: Whistleblowing and World Football's Anti-Corruption Crisis
Has Your Organization Filed an Accessibility Report? This – and Other AODA Requirements – Fast Approaching
Fitbit Evidence: Coming Soon to a Court Near You
Do Not Attempt to Interfere with Potential Whistleblowing, SEC Warns
Twitter Knows no Bounds: Suspension from Work for Tweeting a Stranger
Is Just Cause A Lost Cause?: Ontario Court Upholds Settlement Despite After-Acquired Information About Misconduct
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – A Primer for Employers
Employers Beware: Even "Secret" Audio Recordings May Be Admissible
Settling Outside the Box: Scotiabank Reaches Novel Deal in Overtime Class Action
Ontario Government Proposes Some "Strong" Changes to Workplace Laws
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Risks for Employers
A Matter of Effect Over Form: Court Approves Novel Approach to Restrictive Covenants
Successor and Related Employer Obligations: Not Just for Unionized Employees
Ontario's Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training – Be Prepared for July 1, 2014
Collective Agreements: A Change of Address May Not Affect Bargaining Rights
Pension Claims in Employee Termination Cases
Canadian Employment Claims: Global Employers Can Challenge Jurisdiction
To Pay Vacation Pay, or Not Pay Vacation Pay: That is the Question
The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
Forfeiture Provisions in Compensation Plans Not Restraints of Trade: Employers Can Refuse Payment to Departed Employees
Union free expression rights trump privacy concerns: Alberta PIPA unconstitutional
Federal government breaches duty to bargain in good faith
Commercial Restrictive Covenants Enforceable
Poisoned workplaces and constructive dismissal: Objective evidence ousts personal perceptions of discrimination
SCC: Provincial legislation prohibiting workplace accident-related tort claims against negligent employers applicable to maritime industry
Another overtime class action gets the go-ahead
Canadian legal claims: A future export from Latin America?
Canadian mining companies: Is there liability in Canadian courts for activity in foreign countries?
Facebook posts about co-worker sanctioned by human rights law
In search of a convenient forum: Evolving jurisdictional issues facing Canadian multinational employers
Labour bill blocked by Canada's Senate: Unions relieved
Judicial Review of Human Rights Cases - Recent Key Decisions
Social media policies in the workplace: A primer for employers1
Even Transactional Employment Covenants Need Careful Review
Breach of "cardinal rule" not always cause for employee termination
Click to upload: Alberta court backs right to post picket line surveillance videos on the internet
Canada and Latin America: Five reasons to include the great white north in the conversation
Ontario's austerity measures and the limits of Charter protected bargaining rights
Overtime class actions given the green light
"You can't have your cake and eat it too": The duty to mitigate in employment agreements
The clash between government restraint and the charter rights of labour: Where do we stand?
Employees are required to disclose confidential medical information for accommodation purposes
Employment contract amendments – a landmine for employers
Employee Non-Competition Covenants: No Place for Blue Pencils
Internet and web-browsing: the importance of copyright assignments and potential vicarious liability for employers
Mandatory retirement eliminated for Canadian federal sphere employees
Employee "termination" under employment statutes will end employment for all purposes
Labour arbitrators need not be "correct" – just be "reasonable"
Suspect your employee is using drugs or drinking?
Laying off employees and deferring severance: practical considerations for Ontario employers
Proposed amendments to PIPEDA: Affecting employers and business transactions
Social media policies in the workplace: what works best?
Law Note - Pre-Hiring Background Checks
Canadian Multinationals and Alien Torts
Watching the Watchers: Guidance on Covert Video Surveillance in the Private Sector
Cutting Costs by Changing Employee Terms of Employment
Workplace Violence and Harassment, Understanding the Requirements of Bill 168
Overtime and the Salaried Employee in Ontario: A Disaster Waiting to Happen
Using the Courts to Enforce Union Fines
Class Action for Overtime Dismissed
Alleged Unfair Labour Practice in Quebec May Have Consequences in Other Provinces
Even Off-Duty Blogging Can Lead to Discharge
Insurance Employee Covenant Struck Down By Highest Court
Workers' Charter Right to Bargain Collectively – Implications
- University of Victoria, JD
- University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Cum Laude)
- Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism (Double Honours)
Year Of Call
- Called to the Ontario bar - 2003
- Called to the British Columbia bar - 1996
- Called to the Solicitor for England and Wales bar - 2001
employment and labour relations
harassment and discrimination
manufacturing, distribution and retail
media, communications and entertainment
banking, finance and insurance
Directorships and Professional Associations
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association - Labour Subsection
- Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute
- International Bar Association
Awards & Rankings
- Who's Who Legal Guide: Labour, Employment & Benefits (2016)
- "When employees must smoke pot at work: Employers need to confront reality of medical marijuana" by Drew Hasselback, Financial Post, September 21, 2015
- "'Bring Your Own Device' policies can mitigate risk" by Sandra Rubin, Lexpert, March 23, 2015
- George is a regular contributor to various publications, including CCH employment updates, the International Bar Association's various newsletters and McMillan's client updates. He has also been interviewed by various media outlets including the CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, Global News and The Lawyers Weekly.