July 3, 2019

How to effectively prepare for an employment mediation

By AdvocateDaily.com Staff “Parties can lay the groundwork for successful mediation by communicating rationally and reasonably from the outset, according to Toronto employment law mediators Barry B. Fisher and Peter Israel. Fisher, principal of Barry Fisher Arbitration & Mediation, tells AdvocateDaily.com that it makes little sense to take an aggressively adversarial approach during the early stages of a dispute, given the realities of…

June 3, 2019

In mediation, final offers are a road to nowhere

By Todd Humber, AdvocateDaily.com Contributor “The mediation table is already packed with drama — back and forth negotiations, emotion, and trials and tribulations — so the last thing it needs is for one party to table a final offer, says Toronto mediator and employment lawyer Peter Israel. “We all know there’s no such thing — especially not…

April 17, 2019

Mediators of all vintages must earn parties’ trust

No good mediator should take the trust of the parties for granted, Toronto employment law mediators Barry B. Fisher and Peter Israel tell AdvocateDaily.com. Even with almost eight decades of experience between them in employment law, Fisher, principal of Barry Fisher Arbitration & Mediation, and Israel, founding partner with employment and labour law boutique PI Mediation, are careful not to rest on their…

April 8, 2019

Amendments to the ESA Poster and Overtime Provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 are now in Effect

On December 6, 2018, the Ontario government introduced omnibus legislation entitled Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 (Bill 66) that would amend multiple statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). The Bill received royal assent on April 3, 2019 and the changes to the ESA are now in effect. The changes to the ESA (details…

March 27, 2019

The art of the deal – inside the mediator’s mind

By Paul Russell, AdvocateDaily.com Contributor A successful mediator needs to have both legal knowledge and empathy, Toronto mediator and employment lawyer Peter Israel tells AdvocateDaily.com. “Mediation is a very delicate dance between fact, law, emotion, the parties and their lawyers,” says Israel, founding principal of PI Mediation. “As a mediator, it is easy to forget that you are dealing…

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