Kristen Pennington maintains a dynamic practice in both employment law and privacy and data protection law. She provides counsel to startups and established companies in a range of industries, including manufacturing and cannabis.
Experienced in all areas of employment law, Kristen advises employers on hiring and dismissals, employment contracts, performance management and discipline, employment policies and human rights laws. Kristen has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, as well as at various arbitrations and mediations.
An area of particular expertise for Kristen is assisting employers in developing and implementing effective discrimination, violence and harassment policies and programs, and managing workplace complaints. She also provides training on workplace investigations, employee accommodation and management of conflict in the workplace.
Kristen has assisted vendors and purchasers with assessing the employment and privacy law implications of corporate transactions. She also assists businesses entering the Canadian market, providing insights on Canada’s distinct labour and employment, and privacy laws.
Kristen counsels clients on a wide variety of privacy and data security issues, including employee background checks, cross-border transfers of personal information and data breaches. She helps clients develop robust privacy compliance programs, and drafts policies, consent forms, acceptable use policies, and commercial privacy and data protection terms.