Michael Grodinsky

Partner

Montréal
MGrodinsky@blg.com
514.954.3143

Michael’s practice encompasses all aspects of labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. He counsels employers on effective human resources management and workplace matters, including:

  • hirings, dismissals and disciplinary measures
  • employment agreements, workplace policies and workplace investigations
  • electronic communications and social media issues
  • discrimination and harassment claims
  • covenants and confidentiality agreements
  • workplace restructurings
  • language issues
  • access to information and privacy law issues
  • bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings

Michael provides Indigenous businesses and band councils with counsel and representation for labour relations issues affecting their workforces.

He has appeared before courts and tribunals in Québec and is regularly involved in employment litigation, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration.

Experience

  • Phoenix Wrappers ULC and its shareholders in its sale to Pacteon, a global leader in end-of-line packaging automation.
  • BLG acted as Canadian counsel for PE-backed Atlanta-based buyer, East West Manufacturing, LLC in its acquisition of all the assets of Groupe Varitron, Inc., a top five electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider in Canada.
  • Triple M Metal in its joint venture with ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada to create Integrated Metal Recycling Inc.
  • Bad Monkey Popcorn, a maker and marketer of popcorn and other confectionery products, in its sale to Champlain Financial Corporation and a group of co-investors.
  • Long Point First Nation regarding a dismissal complaint filed by a former manager under the Canada Labour Code.
  • Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Band Council regarding a dismissal complaint filed by a former manager under the Canada Labour Code.
  • Innvest Hotels GP Ltd., regarding a grievance filed pursuant to the applicable collective agreement.
  • Ganotec Inc., regarding a complaint under the Québec Labour Code.
  • BIC Inc. before the Québec Labour Relations Commission with respect to dismissal, prohibited practice and psychological harassment complaints filed by a former employee.
  • PSB Boisjoli Inc. regarding a successor employer application filed by the Québec Labour Standards Commission relating to PSB Boisjoli's appointment as a receiver pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
  • The Town of Hampstead before the Québec Labour Board, the Superior Court of Québec and the Québec Court of Appeal, with respect to grievances arising out of the merger and demerger of the City of Montréal.
  • Enterprise Holdings regarding a dismissal grievance filed by the Teamsters union.
  • Co-counsel for professional sports teams with respect to the interpretation of the league-wide collective bargaining agreement and for salary arbitration purposes
  • A Canadian retailer with respect to an investigation into the application of overtime rules by the Québec Labour Standards Commission.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Barreau du Québec
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Lord Reading Law Society

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2021) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law).
  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Canada - Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys as a Future Star.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2007
  • LLB, Université Laval, 2006
  • JD, Queen's University, 2006
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 2001