Lauren Bernardi

The basics
1987:   B.A. Psychology:  Laurentian University
1990:   LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School
1992:   Called to the Ontario Bar

Philosophy

In a word: fairness.

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What She’s Known For
Lauren epitomizes (and developed) our slogan: forward thinking at work.

When she founded the firm in 1995, she set out to provide proactive employment law and HR advisory services, and to always stay ahead of the curve. She’s been providing innovative (and entertaining) training programs since the inception of the firm; was the first lawyer to speak to her peers about workplace bullying at a Law Society conference; and has been conducting workplace investigations for more than 15 years.

Lauren’s experience to date combined with her keen interest in and degree in psychology, have led her to her current mission: mental health in the workplace. This includes both the individual accommodation of mental health issues and the creation of positive and psychologically healthy workplaces.

Practice Areas:

  • Workplace training
  • HR advisory services
  • Employment policies and employment agreements
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Harassment investigations
  • One-on-one sensitivity training
  • Creating a positive workplace
  • Performance management, discipline and termination
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation

Accomplishments
A prolific writer, Lauren is the author of a leading book on workplace policies: “Powerful Employment Policies and the simple-to-use hiring guide: “Recruitment Workbook & Disk”.  Lauren has also written numerous articles on human resource law for various business publications, including acting as the legal columnist for Canadian Manager magazine for eight years, and writing for the Canadian HR Reporter, CCH Publications and Canadian Employment Law Today.

Lauren’s expertise has been quoted in the Toronto Star and the National Post and she has been a guest expert on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today. 

Lauren has been described as an “exceptional speaker who explains the law in terms that everyone can understand” and has trained thousands of individuals on workplace issues. For a list of Lauren’s presentations, please click here:


Interesting Tidbit
Lauren climbed Croagh Patrick in Ireland, ziplined in Costa Rica and flew a glider plane.

Lest you think she’s fearless, she cried up (and down) Croagh Patrick, screamed from one end of the zipline to the other, and hyperventilated all 10 seconds she flew the plane.
And she’s terrified of heights.