Ailsa Wiggins is counsel in Gowlings' Toronto office where she practises employment law.
Ailsa provides advice and counsel regarding all aspects of termination of employment, including "just cause" and "constructive dismissal" analysis and mass terminations; wrongful dismissal actions and claims of unjust dismissal (e.g. under the Canada Labour Code); alcohol and drug policies; human rights and harassment complaints; hiring, pre-employment background screening, including criminal record checks; discipline; employment standards; the employment issues involved in "offshoring," outsourcing, restructuring and sales of businesses; employment benefits such as disability plans, health/dental plans and life insurance; workplace privacy issues and access to information; and non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. She reviews and drafts severance packages, termination agreements, employment policies, employment offers and benefit plans, and works with litigation counsel conducting mediations and employment litigation.
Ailsa also provides training in the form of in-house seminars to human resources professionals and business people on a wide range of employment topics, including alcohol and drug testing in Canada, pandemic preparedness and pre-employment background checks.
Ailsa was appointed as a part-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August 2008.
Ailsa spent nearly 25 years as in-house counsel to one of the country's leading petroleum companies where she specialized in employment law for over 15 years. She also worked for the Federal Provincial Inquiry Commission into Safety in Mines and Mining Plants in Ontario.
Ailsa is a past member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and has a certificate in Commercial Mediation from the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution.