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Victor Kim is a litigation lawyer who provides counsel in all areas of employment and labour law. He assists startups and established businesses in a range of industries, including the automotive, and construction and infrastructure sectors. He provides guidance on the management of unionized and non-unionized workforces, with a particular focus on advising contractors of all sizes on their relationships with Ontario’s construction trade unions.

Acting for employers at the provincial and federal levels, Victor advances the interest of his clients in labour arbitrations, collective bargaining, labour board proceedings, wrongful dismissal and human rights litigation, and occupational health and safety proceedings.

In his advisory practice, Victor counsels vendors and purchasers in connection with the employment and labour implications of complex corporate transactions. He also coaches employers on workplace investigations and the development of workplace policies. Licensed to practise in both Ontario and New York, Victor excels at explaining the intricacies of Canadian workplace laws in plain language to non-lawyers, as well as to American and foreign audiences.

Victor is chair and president of the Korean Legal Clinic and an active member of the firm’s South Korea Group. He is fluent in Korean.

Prior to studying law, Victor worked as a frontline manager at a unionized automotive factory in Ontario’s Rust Belt, where he developed a keen interest in labour relations.



Representative Matters

  • Unite Here! Local 75 v Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 2020 CanLII 11579 (ON LA)
  • Nuria Mohammed Abdosh v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2018 CanLII 54132 (ON LRB)
  • Carpenters and Allied Workers, Local 27, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America v Labourers’ International Union of North America, 2018 CanLII 14243 (ON LRB)
  • Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 183 v Crosstown Obayashi Technicore Constructors Ltd., 2016 CanLII 63498 (ON LRB)

Media Mentions

Law Times, October 16, 2019

  • New Toronto legal clinic offers Korean-language services

Toronto Star, November 11, 2019

  • New legal clinic offering free advice to Korean residents earning less than $60,000

Community Involvement

  • Employment Counsel to HanVoice

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Korean Legal Clinic; President / Chairperson
  • Korean Canadian Lawyers Association; member
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers; member
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers; member
  • Ontario Bar Association; member
  • Canada Bar Association; member

Education & Admissions

2020
Called to the New York bar
2018
Called to the Ontario bar
2017
JDUniversity of Toronto
2010
BAUniversity of Washington

Publications

Insights by Victor Kim (4 Posts)

Featured Insight

Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark? (February 10, 2021)

While mass vaccination hasn’t arrived, employers are already wrestling with what the rules should be as we start to return to a new normal.

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February 10, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

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Dec 23, 2020
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Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.

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Dec 9, 2020
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McMillan’s Employment and Labour Webinar

This annual workshop addresses significant legal developments and provides practical advice on responding to employee issues.

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November 10, 2020 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm