Patrick Groom 

Patrick Groom

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7921
e: patrick.groom@mcmillan.ca

overview

Patrick is a partner in the Labour and Employment Group. Designated by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Labour Law, Patrick has more than 20 years of labour relations experience in a wide variety of roles, with particular expertise in construction labour relations & litigation and health care restructuring.

Patrick frequently appears before all levels of Court in Ontario, as well as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, numerous private arbitrations across Canada, and before the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and the Newfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency. He is frequently retained to instruct & develop proactive labour relations strategies, including positive employee engagement, responding to union organizing, best practices for occupational health & safety, and effective management & resolution of human rights issues in the workplace.  He also enjoys mentoring and assisting fellow members of the Bar as an Advisor through the Law Society of Ontario's Coach and Advisor Network.

Patrick’s expertise includes:

  • Administrative Law
  • Canada Industrial Relations Board Proceedings
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collective Bargaining and Collective Agreement Administration
  • Compensation and Benefits Plans
  • Construction Labour Relations
  • Continuity Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Screening and Hiring
  • Employment and Labour Issues in Corporate Restructuring and Transactions
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Standards
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Human Rights and Accommodation
  • Injunction
  • Interest Arbitration
  • Labour Relations Board Proceedings
  • Management Training
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Outsourcing
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Privacy
  • Responding to Union Organizing, Applications for Certification, and Unfair Labour Practice complaints
  • Strike or Lock-Out Preparation
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance
  • Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal Litigation

Representative Matters

Ontario Public Service Employees Union v Rouge Valley Health System, 2017 CanLII 35613 (ON LRB)

I.B.E.W. Construction Council of Ontario v Labour Ready, 2016 CanLII 49532 (ON LRB)

Canadian Union of Skilled Workers v Labourers' International Union of North America, 2016 CanLII 46791 (ON LRB)

Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America v. Brown Daniels Associates Inc., 2016 CanLII 46789 (ON LRB)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union v St. Elizabeth Health Care and Canadian Mental Health Association, 2016 CanLII 6536 (ON LRB)

Presentations

Government Relations Update
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Legalization of Marijuana & Impact on Employers in the Construction Industry
Bill 132: Sexual Violence & Harassment Action Plan Act
Reducing Turnover, Retaining Talent and Performance Management
Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
The Employment Standards Act and Other Legislative Obligations

Publications

Ontario Passes Amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000
Ontario Proceeding with Further Substantial Amendments to Workplace Legislation
Helping Your Workplace Navigate the Legalization of Marijuana

News

Patrick Groom discusses the potential implications for Ontario's 25 construction unions for the Daily Commercial News
Patrick Groom says case on woman who was fired after failing to give 48-hours-notice before calling off sick, is a reminder for employers to have clear policies
McMillan LLP Welcomes Patrick Groom

Education

  • University of Western Ontario - 2006
  • York University - 2003

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2007

Practices

administrative law
arbitration
construction litigation
employment and labour relations
employment law
employment litigation
harassment and discrimination
labour arbitration
labour relations
workplace privacy

Industries

automotive
construction
electricity and utilities
healthcare
infrastructure
manufacturing, distribution and retail
retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

Advisor, Coach and Advisor Network, Law Society of Ontario
Board of Directors, Ontario Electrical League
Member, Thomas Moore Lawyers' Guild
Member, Ontario Bar Association, Labour & Employment, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Construction Law

Awards & Rankings

Law Society of Ontario

- Certified Specialist (Labour Law) - April, 2015

University of Western Ontario
- Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award, 2006
- Labour & Employment Law Achievement Award, 2006

Media Mentions

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Patrick is a partner in the Labour and Employment Group. Designated by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Labour Law, Patrick has more than 20 years of labour relations experience in a wide variety of roles, with particular expertise in construction labour relations & litigation and health care restructuring.

Patrick frequently appears before all levels of Court in Ontario, as well as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, numerous private arbitrations across Canada, and before the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and the Newfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency. He is frequently retained to instruct & develop proactive labour relations strategies, including positive employee engagement, responding to union organizing, best practices for occupational health & safety, and effective management & resolution of human rights issues in the workplace.  He also enjoys mentoring and assisting fellow members of the Bar as an Advisor through the Law Society of Ontario's Coach and Advisor Network.

Patrick’s expertise includes:

  • Administrative Law
  • Canada Industrial Relations Board Proceedings
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collective Bargaining and Collective Agreement Administration
  • Compensation and Benefits Plans
  • Construction Labour Relations
  • Continuity Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Screening and Hiring
  • Employment and Labour Issues in Corporate Restructuring and Transactions
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Standards
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Human Rights and Accommodation
  • Injunction
  • Interest Arbitration
  • Labour Relations Board Proceedings
  • Management Training
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Outsourcing
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Privacy
  • Responding to Union Organizing, Applications for Certification, and Unfair Labour Practice complaints
  • Strike or Lock-Out Preparation
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance
  • Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal Litigation

Ontario Public Service Employees Union v Rouge Valley Health System, 2017 CanLII 35613 (ON LRB)

I.B.E.W. Construction Council of Ontario v Labour Ready, 2016 CanLII 49532 (ON LRB)

Canadian Union of Skilled Workers v Labourers' International Union of North America, 2016 CanLII 46791 (ON LRB)

Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America v. Brown Daniels Associates Inc., 2016 CanLII 46789 (ON LRB)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union v St. Elizabeth Health Care and Canadian Mental Health Association, 2016 CanLII 6536 (ON LRB)

December 2018
Ontario Proceeding with Further Substantial Amendments to Workplace Legislation

Employment and Labour Relations Law Bulletin

September 2018
Helping Your Workplace Navigate the Legalization of Marijuana

Employment and Labour Bulletin

April 2011
The Employment Law Review, 7th Ed., Chapter 8, "Canada"
May 5, 2018
Government Relations Update
Ontario Electrical league, 2017 Electrical Industry Conference
April 19, 2018
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Ontario Electrical League, 2018 Electrical Industry Conference
March 28, 2018
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Ontario Electrical League, Durham Chapter
February 27, 2018
Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Ontario Electrical League, Ottawa Chapter
February 9, 2018
Legalization of Marijuana & Impact on Employers in the Construction Industry
Landscape Ontario
April 7, 2017
Bill 132: Sexual Violence & Harassment Action Plan Act
Ontario General Contractors Association
February 21, 2017
Reducing Turnover, Retaining Talent and Performance Management
Landscape Ontario
June 21, 2016
Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
Barrie Construction Association
June 8, 2016
The Employment Standards Act and Other Legislative Obligations
Barrie Construction Association