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New partner for Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:05 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Rusty McLay has joined Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP as partner.

Working out of the firm's London, Ont. office, McLay will focus on clients in the post-secondary education and technology sectors. Additionally, he envisions dealing with Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) in the near future.

Rusty McLay

Rusty McLay

"The pending ESA changes, the first in a generation, will require every employer to take a fresh look at their organizational design and how work is assigned," McLay said. "While the proposed increase in minimum wage has garnered a lot of attention, the equal work provisions will likely end up having the biggest impact on many workplaces."

In particluar, he expectes the ESA changes to have significant effects on his education clients.

"The post-secondary education sector in particular relies on thousands of part-time employees. Unless this model is changed, the sector will face hundreds of millions in additional remuneration," he said.

With regards to his work in the technology area, McLay expects his clients to encounter the competitive pressures of globalization and tight talent pools.

"This competitive reality touches everything — from recruitment strategy and immigration policy changes to the ability to negotiate contracts with sought-after talent due to non-competes and IP protection," he said.

McLay's background is in management-side labour and employment law. He was chief administrative office and general counsel for Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ont. He also worked at Blackberry Ltd. where he held the title of vice-president, legal.