George Waggott is a partner in the Employment and Labour Relations Group in the Toronto office. He is national Co-Chair of that Group and also serves on the McMillan Board of Partners. George has practised exclusively in the areas of labour relations, employment law, and executive compensation since 1996 and acts for employers in all workplace issues. In addition to his ongoing advice to companies, he frequently appears before the courts, mediators, labour relations boards, grievance arbitrators and employment tribunals. He also regularly acts as a management spokesperson in collective bargaining.
George is outside employment counsel to a number of multinational companies, and his role includes drafting employment and consulting agreements, advising on intellectual property issues facing the employers, providing ongoing employment advice, and ensuring employment standards compliance.
George Waggott has extensive experience in executive compensation, including drafting and advising on contracts in the financial services, technology, forestry, mining, health care, transportation, manufacturing and gaming industries. George also regularly provides employment and labour advice to various not-for-profit organizations.
George was a member of the team on the following transactions:
- Acted for Georgia-Pacific in its purchase of certain assets of Grant Forest Products.
- Acted for Kraft Canada Inc. when it completed the sale of its Post cereal brand assets to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
- Acted for Deluxe Vancouver Ltd., a division of the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., when it acquired Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., a division of Rainmaker Income Fund, along with Visual Effects UK Limited, Rainmaker's visual effects operation in London, England.
- Acted for Mylan Inc. when it completed its acquisition Merck KGaA's generics business to become one of the largest quality generics and specialty pharmaceuticals companies in the world.
- Acted for Kraft Canada Inc. when it completed the sale of its canned fruit and vegetable, soup and Italian foods businesses to CanGro Foods Inc., a newly-formed affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and EG Capital Group, LLC.
Forfeiture Provisions in Compensation Plans Not Restraints of Trade: Employers Can Refuse Payment to Departed Employees
Union free expression rights trump privacy concerns: Alberta PIPA unconstitutional
federal government breaches duty to bargain in good faith
commercial restrictive covenants enforceable
poisoned workplaces and constructive dismissal: objective evidence ousts personal perceptions of discrimination
SCC: provincial legislation prohibiting workplace accident-related tort claims against negligent employers applicable to maritime industry
another overtime class action gets the go-ahead
Canadian legal claims: a future export from Latin America?
Canadian mining companies: is there liability in Canadian courts for activity in foreign countries?
Facebook posts about co-worker sanctioned by human rights law
in search of a convenient forum: evolving jurisdictional issues facing Canadian multinational employers
labour bill blocked by Canada's Senate: unions relieved
Judicial Review of Human Rights Cases - Recent Key Decisions
social media policies in the workplace: a primer for employers1
even transactional employment covenants need careful review
breach of "cardinal rule" not always cause for employee termination
click to upload: Alberta court backs right to post picket line surveillance videos on the internet
Canada and Latin America: five reasons to include the great white north in the conversation
Ontario's austerity measures and the limits of Charter protected bargaining rights
overtime class actions given the green light
"you can't have your cake and eat it too": the duty to mitigate in employment agreements
the clash between government restraint and the charter rights of labour: where do we stand?
employees are required to disclose confidential medical information for accommodation purposes
Pension Claims in Employee Termination Cases
employment contract amendments – a landmine for employers
employee non-competition covenants: no place for blue pencils
internet and web-browsing: the importance of copyright assignments and potential vicarious liability for employers
mandatory retirement eliminated for Canadian federal sphere employees
employee "termination" under employment statutes will end employment for all purposes
labour arbitrators need not be "correct" – just be "reasonable"
suspect your employee is using drugs or drinking?
laying off employees and deferring severance: practical considerations for Ontario employers
proposed amendments to PIPEDA: affecting employers and business transactions
social media policies in the workplace: what works best?
Law Note - Pre-Hiring Background Checks
Canadian Multinationals and Alien Torts
Watching the Watchers: Guidance on Covert Video Surveillance in the Private Sector
Cutting Costs by Changing Employee Terms of Employment
Workplace Violence and Harassment, Understanding the Requirements of Bill 168
Overtime and the Salaried Employee in Ontario: A Disaster Waiting to Happen
Using the Courts to Enforce Union Fines
Class Action for Overtime Dismissed
Alleged Unfair Labour Practice in Quebec May Have Consequences in Other Provinces
Even Off-Duty Blogging Can Lead to Discharge
Insurance Employee Covenant Struck Down By Highest Court
Workers' Charter Right to Bargain Collectively – Implications
- University of Victoria, JD
- University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Cum Laude)
- Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism (Double Honors)
Year Of Call
- Called to the Ontario bar - 2003
- Called to the British Columbia bar - 1996
- Called to the Solicitor for England and Wales bar - 2001
employment and labour relations
harassment and discrimination
manufacturing, distribution and retail
media, communications and entertainment
banking, finance and insurance
Directorships and Professional Associations
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association - Labour Subsection
- Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute
- International Bar Association
- George is a regular contributor to various publications, including CCH employment updates, the International Bar Association's various newsletters and McMillan's client updates. He has also been interviewed by various media outlets including the CBC Radio, Globe and Mail, CTV News, Global News and The Lawyers Weekly.