Scott Thompson is a senior management labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He is regularly involved in advising employers on matters arising with both unionized and non-unionized employees including labour board proceedings, collective agreement and employment disputes, occupational health and safety issues, human rights complaints and other legal issues arising in the employment context.
Scott has extensive labour relations experience in the construction industry. Over the last 25 years he has been involved with the negotiations for renewal of the No Strike/No Lockout Accord in the Electrical Construction Industry and associated final offer selection arbitration decisions that have resulted in no strikes or lockouts in that sector of the construction industry since 1990. For many years, he has advised the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) with respect to labour issues and in 1991 published the book Managing Under The Electrical Contractors’ Collective Agreement. Scott has been repeatedly recommended in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for his work in construction industry labour relations.
Scott’s longstanding client relationships—many in place for over 30 years—are built on trust. He works tirelessly to uncover facts and hold them to account. He familiarizes himself with his clients’ businesses to ensure his advice is consistent with their objectives and he presents options and his recommended course of action in a straightforward manner.
Scott has an extensive practice advising employers on their rights and obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which involves proactively working with employers to reduce the risk of breaches occurring under the legislation. Scott works with employers during the accident investigation stage to reduce the risk of charges being laid under the act and defends employers against charges that have been laid.
Scott is an avid sailor who enjoys exploring the outdoors and travelling bodies of water across the globe.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2019–2023)
Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2003, 2006, 2010–2012, 2014–2020)
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law section)
Alpine Ski and Snowboard Club of Toronto – Past President
Select Publications & Presentations
Managing Under The Electrical Contractors’ Collective Agreement (1991)
Site Summary for Managing Under The Electrical Contractors’ Collective Agreement (1991)
Dalhousie University, B.A. (Hons), LL.B.