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Ronald M. Snyder




Ronald M. Snyder is certified as a 'specialist in labour law' by the Law Society of Ontario.  His labour and employment practice is restricted to representing both public and private sector employers before an array of administrative tribunals and all levels of courts including the Supreme Court of Canada concerning a wide variety of workplace issues.  Operating out of both the Firm's Toronto and Ottawa offices to provide counsel to clients across Canada, he is nationally recognized for his heightened expertise in the distinctive laws and issues which directly impact Federally regulated employers.

Ronald is also a noted Canadian labour law author whose textbooks are cited in decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada. Utilized by lawyers, human resource professionals and union personnel alike, his publications are one of the most often referenced authorities in the Awards rendered by arbitrators and the courts.  His seminal treatise, Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada is hailed by arbitrators as a "leading text" on the law relating to workplace issues in the unionized context.  His Annotated Canada Labour Code treatise, annually published since 1992, has made him a household name among those who practice in the domain of Federal labour and employment law.

Ronald is recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada for labour and employment law.



OCTOBER 21 2021

Employers Have Options to Address Questionable Medical Certificates

Many employers feel helpless when confronted with medical certificates. Though their instincts suggest that some of these medical certificates ought to be challenged, there is an inhibition to do so for fear that this would intrude on the employee's privacy and/or human rights. Employers should be aware that in adopting a fair and balanced approach to this issue, demands may be made of the employee for the provision of additional non-medical information to justify the employee's absence from work or return to work.

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JUNE 16 2020

Labour, Layoffs and the Law - What Every Business Owner Needs to Know During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses across the industry spectrum in a manner not previously seen in a generation. Its collateral effect upon employees is nothing short of devastating. In response, both the Canadian federal and provincial governments have issued an array of support measures and guidelines that are continually being revised to address ever-evolving considerations. Based on client inquiries I have received in recent weeks; the following are some of the more recurrent employee-related questions being raised by employers. This article was first published in the June 2020 edition of Collision Repair Magazine 

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APRIL 10 2020

The 2020 Annotated Canada Labour Code

For more than 25 years, Ronald Snyder's Annotated Canada Labour Code has been the "bible" among federal labour practitioners. Ron's annotations provide essential insights into the Code, and make this book the necessary resource for preparing any case before the Canada Industrial Relations Board. 

NOVEMBER 09 2017

Palmer & Snyder: Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 6th Edition

Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada addresses workplace issues in the unionized context, providing unparalleled analysis on all major collective agreement concerns and policy. One of the most cited authorities in labour arbitration and court decisions. Includes the full spectrum of workplace issues:

  • Discipline and discharge
  • Investigations
  • Social media misconduct
  • Privacy Issues
  • Insubordination
  • Sexual and personal harassment
  • workplace violence
  • Incompetence and incapacity dismissals
  • Drug and alcohol testing

OCTOBER 03 2016

Ronald Snyder shares his perspective with Canadian Lawyer InHouse around the SCC decision to reverse the Federal Court of Appeal's Ruling on Federally Regulated Employers in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada.

Fogler, Rubinoff Partner Ronald Snyder, represented Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in the case. To read the article and Ronald's perspective on what the consequences of this decision will mean for federally regulated employers, please click here, a go to page 8 in the digital edition.

AUGUST 09 2016

Federally Regulated Employers Denied Right To Dismiss Employees 'Without Cause'

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that Federally regulated employers, including private sector companies and crown corporations, may only dismiss their non-unionized employees on a 'just cause' basis - matching the dismissal rights secured by unionized employees...

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JULY 15 2016

Ronald Snyder comments on SCC decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

Fogler Rubinoff Partner Ronald Snyder, shares his perspective with Canadian Lawyer  on the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

According to Ronald, who represented Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., “This decision will undoubtedly be regarded by all federally regulated companies across Canada as a highly disappointing and disconcerting one”.



FEBRUARY 01 2016

Federal Employment Dismissal Case Argued by Firm before Supreme Court of Canada Considered 1 of 5 most Important Cases to be Heard in 2016

On 19 January 2016, Ronald M. Snyder, Partner, argued before the Supreme Court of Canada that Federally regulated non-unionized employees can be dismissed without cause.  This follows on the heels of Ronald’s success before the Federal Court of Appeal in 2015 where he overturned nearly 40 years of arbitral jurisprudence that held that such employees could only be dismissed for “just cause”.   Please review “1 of 5 most important cases to be heard by SCC in 2016” and “SCC could topple landmark decisions on without cause dismissals” for further details. 

JANUARY 19 2016

Ronald Snyder argues before Supreme Court of Canada that Federal Non-Unionized Employees not entitled to Job Security

JANUARY 14 2016

Ronald Snyder arguing 1 of 5 top cases in 2016 before the Supreme Court of Canada: Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada

FEBRUARY 26 2015

Ronald Snyder's successful appeal ruling in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited was highlighted in Canada News Wire

Ronald Snyder's successful appeal ruling in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited was highlighted in Canada News Wire - "Employees Do Not Have a Right to a Job says Federal Court of Appeal", February 26, 2015. Please click on the link to read more:

FEBRUARY 03 2015

Employment Alert - Federally Regulated Employer's Right to Dismiss Employees 'Without Cause' Confirmed

JULY 01 2013

Employment Alert - Federally Regulated Employers Can Now Dismiss Employees 'Without Cause'

Published Works

  • The 2021 Annotated Canada Labour Code  (Carswell, 2020).
  • Palmer & Snyder Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 6th Edition (LexisNexis, 2017)
  • The Annotated Canada Labour Code, 1992-2020 Annual Editions (Carswell)
  • Palmer & Snyder Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 4th Edition (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2009)
  • Damages for Breach of Contract (Carswell, 1989) (Looseleaf Service) (Pitch, H. & Snyder, R.)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (Title 102.1, Part I), Canadian Encyclopedia Digest (Carswell, 1985)


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association (Labour and Human Rights Sections)


  • Bachelor of Law – Dalhousie University (1986)
  • Master of Business Administration – Dalhousie University (1986)
  • Master of Industrial Relations – University of Toronto (1982)
  • Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction (Ind. Rel.) – University of Alberta (1981)

Professional Designation

Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Labour Law

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Snyder frequently presents at conferences, seminars and workshops attended by HR professionals, lawyers, employer and union representatives to address a wide variety of labour and employment subject matters.


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