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October 27, 2023

Workplace discrimination: what does 'restorative engagement' mean for HR?


The federal government announced Oct. 25 that it is assembling a special panel charged with creating a new “restorative engagement program” (REP) for its public service workforce. The program is designed to tackle discrimination and harassment in federal government agency workplaces.

Although the initiative is meant for federal employees, there are implications for private sector HR leaders as well, said Frank Portman, partner at Massey LLP in Toronto, as federal initiatives can have a “trickle down effect,” becoming indicators of trends to come.

October 28, 2022

Lawyers for OPSEU's former president say union's allegations 'bogus'

CBC News

Jeffrey Kroeker and Frank Portman, co-counsel for Thomas, said in a statement Tuesday that the statement of claim is “riddled with errors, falsehoods, and untrue allegations.”

“Mr. Thomas rejects the claim against him and intends to defend his good name,” the lawyers wrote.

October 28, 2022

Failed Brampton mayoral candidate pursues legal action against city over firing

The Toronto Sun

“Having reviewed the circumstances leading to her unlawful dismissal, it is clear that Ms. Kaur’s dismissal was targeted retaliation and formed part of a larger conspiracy against her involving senior staff at the city and the mayor’s office,” Portman wrote.

“Specifically, Ms. Kaur’s termination is the culmination of a long conspiracy among senior city officials to silence her persistent efforts to expose wrongdoing and possible corruption in the city’s administration.”

April 5, 2018

From old photos to Ashley Madison account: Managing a digital legacy


Increasingly, the records of our lives exist only in electronic storage devices. As a result, we need to think about the practical results of this online existence, both individually and collectively, and executors, with the lawyers who advise them, need to consider how to cope with the administration of the flotsam and jetsam of our digital lives.