Norm Keith practices labour, employment, human rights (LEHR), environmental, regulatory, business crime and constitutional litigation. He is a trusted advisor to corporate boards, executives and senior managers regarding LEHR risk management
Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 OHS, workers’ compensation, environmental, regulatory and criminal charges. He provides proactive OHS advice to help employers ensure legal compliance, He provides strategic advice following workplace accidents during regulatory and criminal investigations. Norm has written many of the leading books in his field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (4th ed.) and Halsbury’s Laws of Canada Workplace Health & Safety. He was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) accreditation. Norm is consistently ranked as a leading OHS lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada He is a frequent conference speaker, edits the firm’s quarterly OHS newsletter “Do Diligence” and is the longest serving Judge in the prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers annual event.
Norm’s LEHR advisory practice includes executive compensation, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, HR policy and procedure development, employee discipline, workers compensation claims management and risk management. Norm’s LEHR litigation practice includes representing employers in wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower complaints, OHS work refusals, human right tribunal hearings, OHS prosecutions, labour arbitrations, OLRB hearings, fiduciary duty cases
Norm advises and represents organizations and executives in government investigations, white collar and business crime defence. He was appellate counsel on R. v Karigar, the first trial of an individual prosecuted under the CFPOA. He is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA and a regular speaker at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Institute. He is a member of the IBA’ s White Collar and Business Crimes Committee and an IBA Section Website Officer for the Business Crimes committee. He is a member of the CBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee and participated in the submissions to the PPSC regarding Canada’s new DPA regime know as Remediation Agreements. Norm has authored Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd ed.), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd ed.) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd ed.) and published numerous related articles and peer review journal articles. Norm is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: www.whitecollarpost.com.
Norm has extensive experience in advising and representing organizations in matters involving alcohol & drugs in the workplace, harassment, sexual harassment, and violence in the workplace. He has written a leading texts in these areas: Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.) and Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.).
Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons and rides in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. He is has served on numerous charitable boards and most recently was on the board of the Institute of Corporate directors – GTA West.