Paul J. Willetts
Employment and Labour Lawyer
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Prior to founding Vey Willetts LLP, Paul worked at one of Canada's leading labour and employment law firms and at a large energy corporation. He has represented clients at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, in addition to attending at numerous private arbitrations and mediations. Paul is dedicated to achieving the best possible result for his clients through exhaustive preparation, persuasive negotiation and staunch advocacy.
In addition to completing his law degree at the University of Ottawa, Paul holds degrees in political science from the University of Winnipeg (B.A. Hons.) and the University of Calgary (M.A.). He also acts as a legal editor for First Reference’s Human Resources Policy-Pro (Ontario Edition) and has published research on a number of employment law topics, including employee privacy, workplace accommodation and severance packages. He has further been quoted in the media on workplace issues by CBC, CTV News Channel, Global National News, 580 CFRA Ottawa, Yahoo! Finance Canada, Ottawa Metro, Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian HR Reporter and The Lawyer's Daily.
In his spare time, Paul sits on the Board of Directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, and serves as Chair of the organization's Human Resources Committee. He also volunteers as a board member with the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association. Outside of that, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and watching ‘football’. For the past 30 years, he has been a stalwart supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Areas of Practice
Workplace Human Rights
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa
University of Calgary, Calgary
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg
Recent Publications & Presentations
Speaker, "Constructive Dismissal: An Update", CCLA 6-Minute Employment Lawyer, September 2019
Speaker, "Personal Insights on Running a Law Firm", Ontario Bar Association (Student Section), May 2019
Author, "Tagg Industries v. Rieder: Is Storing Pornography on a Work-Issued Laptop Cause for Dismissal?" The Advocates' Quarterly, Vol. 49, no, 4 (April 2019)
Speaker, "Helpful Strategies for Growing Your Practice", Ontario Bar Association Professionalism and Practice Management Strategies for Labour & Employment Lawyers, November 2017
Speaker, "Probationary Employment: New Obligations and Lost Rights", CCLA 37th East Region Litigation Conference, November 2017
Speaker, "Liability and Letters of Reference", CCLA 6-Minute Employment Lawyer, September 2017
Speaker, "Advising on Employee Bonus Entitlement: 'Active Employment' post-Paquette" CCLA 23rd East Region Solicitors Conference, May 2017
Speaker, "Legal Blogging - On Your Site and Others”, CCLA Social Media Social, April 2017
Author, "Punitive Damages in Morison v. Ergo-Industrial Seating: The New 'Wallace Bump'?" The Advocates' Quarterly, Vol. 46, no, 4 (March 2017)
Author, "Human Rights Law Today: Guidance for Individuals and Employers" HR Update, Ottawa Business Journal (May 2016)
Speaker, "Navigating Policies and Regulations in the Workplace”, Hire Immigrants Ottawa, January 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
Law Society of Upper Canada
County of Carleton Law Association
Pro Bono Activities
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa: Member, Board of Directors and Chair of Human Resources Committee
Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association: Member, Board of Directors
County of Carleton Law Association: Member, New Lawyers Summit Planning Committee
I highly recommend Paul for his ability to deal with me while I was in complete shock and most importantly, to be able to gather additional, pertinent and helpful facts for my case. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul to family and friends if they required legal assistance in employment matters.
- Client Review (original here)
In very short order Paul understood my situation, proposed immediate recommendations, conducted relevant research, then implemented a brilliant and just solution which proved to be 100% successful!
- Client Review (original here)