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University of Toronto
Ben Ratelband is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault’s Labour & Employment Group in Toronto and is a member of the firm’s Environment Health & Safety Group.
Mr. Ratelband’s practice is focused exclusively on management-side labour, employment and health and safety law. He has advised and represented employers in the sectors of manufacturing, security, energy, trucking, health care, education, information technology, correctional services, hospitality, public service, water supply and finance and investment. Mr. Ratelband has also advised and represented those employers in collective bargaining, labour board proceedings, labour arbitration, mediation, employment litigation, judicial review and civil appeals, employment standards, privacy, human rights, occupational health and safety and workplace safety and insurance proceedings. He regularly provides training for clients’ managers and other staff to assist them in meeting their legal duties.
Mr. Ratelband has spoken on various labour, employment and health and safety topics for such organizations as the Canadian Institute, Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, and the Ontario Bar Association. He has also written on a number of labour and employment law topics for various legal publications.
Prior to joining McCarthy’s, Mr. Ratelband worked in the field of management-side labour relations in private and public sector settings in both Ontario and the Yukon. He was legal counsel to the Management Board Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he represented the Crown as an employer in a variety of forums, including the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.
Mr. Ratelband received his B.A. (Hons.) from York University, where he graduated cum laude in 1992, and he received his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1996. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1998.
Posting Deadline for Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act Compliance Is October 1, 2012
The Broad Scope of an Employer's Obligations to Report Critical Injuries: The Blue Mountain Resort Case
Bill 160: New Amendments to Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
2011 Labour & Employment Client Conference — British Columbia
Ontario’s Workplace Violence and Harassment Bill Seminar
Ontario’s Workplace Violence and Harassment Bill Passes Third Reading
2009 Labour & Employment Client Conference — Ontario
Health & Safety: Applying Solicitor-Client and Litigation Privilege to Protect Internal Investigations
Developing a Policy on Workplace Violence
Ontario Government Unveils Workplace Violence and Harassment Legislation
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