Laurie Jessome

Laurie Jessome
Telephone: 416 642 7474
Fax: 416 642 7149

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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Laurie Jessome* practises Employment Law and is Chair of the Advocacy Group. She provides advice to, and advocates on behalf of, employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including drafting employment agreements, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, discipline and dismissal issues, employment standards, and human rights complaints. She is also involved in workplace safety matters and workplace investigations. Laurie has represented clients before the provincial and federal human rights commissions, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Employment Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and in mediations and grievance arbitrations.

Laurie has authored articles on employment issues, which have appeared in prominent publications including Lexpert magazine, Workplace Magazine, HR Professional Magazine and Canadian Corporate Counsel magazine. She is co-author of The Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference and is also a regular contributor to, which follows current trends in Canadian employment law with a particular focus on issues faced by Ontario employers.

client commentary

  • “Demonstrates ‘unbelievable thoroughness’ in her work with ‘excellent people skills.’” – Chambers Canada (Employment & Labour)

*denotes Professional Corporation


University of Toronto, LL.B., 2002

Recent Work

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

2018: The Year in Review in Employment Law

Unravelling Bill 148 – The Making Ontario Open for Business Act Has Arrived

Deal or No Deal? When is a Final Release Actually Final?

Ontario Superior Court Confirms that Employers Can Impose Changes in Terms of Employment Upon Provision of Reasonable Notice

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Laurie Jessome, Faculty Member, Discussing "Weed in the Workplace: The HR Professional’s Guide To Managing Risks Under the New Cannabis Regime"

Laurie Jessome Discussing "Whistle Blowing: Betraying the Company or Saving the World?"

Laurie Jessome, Caitlin Russell and Pamela Hinman Discussing "Bill 148: Navigating Ontario’s New Labour & Employment Laws"

Call to the bar

Ontario 2003


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Employment Law) (2018)
  • Chambers Canada (Employment)


Employment & Labour

Additional Information

Blog Entries