Changes to Data Localization Requirements in B.C.’s FIPPA

November 2019

The British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) provides that personal information in the custody or control of a public body must be stored and accessed in Canada and disclosed only as permitted by FIPPA.

These data localization requirements have been to date, the strictest in Canada.  Many public bodies have articulated the challenges of working within the legislative restrictions which prevented the use of common technological products and services currently available.

The provincial government introduced Bill 35, the Miscellaneous Amendment Act #2 (the “Act”) on October 7, 2019.  The Act proposed amendments to Section 33 of FIPPA to allow increased access and storage of personal information outside of Canada in specific prescribed circumstances.  The amendments propose to facilitate use of certain cloud computing services for public bodies governed by FIPPA.

The Act passed 3rd Reading October 29, 2019 and received Royal Assent October 31, 2019. The new provisions are now in force. See  Part 3 – Citizens’ Services Amendments – found on page 6 of Bill 35 – 2019_ Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2019 .

If you have any questions about this legislative change, please reach out to Keri L. Bennett at kbennett@ropergreyell.com.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, October 2019

November 2019

Roper Greyell is proud to be the exclusive representative of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) in British Columbia. The ELA is the largest network of labor and employment lawyers worldwide.

Regional Employment Law Briefings on Workplace Bullying

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Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, September 2019

October 2019

Roper Greyell is proud to be the exclusive representative of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) in British Columbia. The ELA is the largest network of labor and employment lawyers worldwide.

Regional Employment Law Briefings on the Gig Economy

Asia Pacific

 Europe

 Latin America

Middle East Africa

North America

Events

October 10, 2019
LACCA Live Regional Miami Meeting 2019
As proud Sponsors of this event, we encourage you to stop by out exhibit table for the best Global HR Legal Solutions.

On-demand Webinars

The Employment Law Alliance provides complimentary webinars to present insight and analysis on global employment law for corporate executives and HR professionals.
View our archives at your convenience.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate Natalie Cuthill

October 2019

We are pleased to welcome Natalie Cuthill to the firm.

Natalie practices in all areas of provincial and federal employment and labour law, with an emphasis on employment litigation, human rights law, labour law and arbitrations, defamation law, and workplace privacy matters. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Natalie practiced employment and labour law and commercial litigation at a large national firm.

Learn more about Natalie here.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Adam van der Linde, our new Associate in Victoria, B.C.

September 2019

We are pleased to welcome Adam van der Linde to Roper Greyell as an Associate.

Based in Victoria, B.C., Adam is the firm’s point-person on Vancouver Island.  A member of the Canadian military since 2005, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and B.C.  He has also served as an advisor to Canadian Task Forces serving in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, providing counsel on complex international issues.

A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Adam is fluent in English and French and has managed the review and prosecution of cases in both languages.  In addition to liaising with government departments on behalf of the military, he has advised the Canadian Armed Forces on risk management, workplace investigations and workplace discipline, including both military employment and civilian union employment issues.

Learn more about Adam here.

Chambers Canada 2020 Ranks Roper Greyell as Band 1 Firm

September 2019

Roper Greyell LLP has once again been ranked by Chambers Canada 2020 as a Band 1 firm for Employment and Labour.

Chambers Canada also recognized four of our partners as Ranked Lawyers:

About Chambers Canada

Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada. The guide recommends lawyers and law firms in over 40 specialist practice areas across Canada, and is published annually each September.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Paige Ainslie, Our New Associate in Nelson, B.C.

September 2019

We are pleased to welcome Paige Ainslie to the firm.

From her Nelson, B.C. office, Paige provides legal counsel to Roper Greyell’s clients throughout B.C., and is uniquely positioned to provide on-the-ground representation for its clients in the Kootenay region of the province.

With nine years as in-house counsel for Canadian Pacific Railway under her belt, Paige brings a wealth of knowledge to Roper Greyell’s clients with respect to employment and labour legislation and regulations in the federal sector.

Learn more about Paige here.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Sarah Blanco

September 2019

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Blanco to the firm.

Sarah practices in all areas of employment and labour law with a focus on injunctions, wrongful dismissal claims, and labour grievances in the workplace. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Sarah  practiced employment and labour law at a large international firm in Vancouver.

Learn more about Sarah here.

Pro Bono Going Public 2019

August 2019

In September, over 100 lawyers will provide free legal advice in Surrey, Vancouver and Kelowna to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs as part of the Pro Bono Going Public 2019 event run by Access Pro Bono.

Roper Greyell partner Gregory J. Heywood and associate Carrie Koperski will be participating in this year’s Pro Bono Going Public activities. On September 6, Carrie will be at Victory Square Park in Vancouver to provide free legal advice to low- and modest-income individuals during the course of the day. Greg will be conducting fundraising efforts to support BC’s pro bono programs.

As Greg states, “In my view it is inherent in the privilege of being a lawyer, a corresponding obligation to be a helping profession.  I think it is incumbent upon lawyers to assist those who require legal services but cannot afford them.”

If you wish to support Pro Bono Going Public, donations can be made via Greg’s fundraising page and Carrie’s fundraising page. For more information on Access Pro Bono Going Public 2019 visit: http://advice-a-thon.ca/ 

About Access Pro Bono

Access Pro Bono is the premiere coordinator for pro bono services in British Columbia. In addition to the Summary Advice Clinic (where several RG lawyers volunteer), they also run the following services:

  • Lawyer Referral Service – linking clients to lawyers with specific expertise
  • Civil Chambers Program – Assisting self-represented non-family chambers applications
  • Roster Program – to service unique cases and non-profit organizations
  • Employment Standards Program – representation before the Branch
  • Mental Health Program – Telephone assistance to people and relatives of people detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Residential Tenancy Program – Assistance to both qualified tenants and landlords
  • Solicitors Program – Focused to provide assistance to charitable and non-profit organizations
  • Paralegal Program – assistance in the preparation of documents for self-represented litigants
  • Wills Clinic – focused on assisting low income seniors and those facing terminal illnesses.

Nine Roper Greyell Lawyers Named to 2020 Best Lawyers™ List

August 2019

In the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, nine of our lawyers were recognized. This reaffirms Roper Greyell’s reputation for excellence as one of the most well-respected and recognized workplace law practices in Western Canada.

Education Law

Labour and Employment Law

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers has been providing comprehensive coverage of top legal talents in Canada and around the world for over 30 years.  Lawyers on the list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

About Roper Greyell

Roper Greyell is one of the largest employment and labour law firms in Western Canada, with 35+ workplace lawyers serving clients in virtually every sector of the economy, including some of the largest and most sophisticated private and public sector employers in British Columbia and across Canada. No matter what the challenge — immediate or long term, simple or complex — we develop proactive strategies to help businesses succeed and prepare for the future.