Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, June 2019

June 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. This monthly publication is a vehicle by which ELA firms can provide timely legal information to global clients.

Regional Employment Law Briefings, June 2019


European Spotlight: GDPR


Asia Pacific


Latin America


North America

Upcoming Webinars

  • LGBTQ Employees in Greater China: Employment, Benefits and Immigration June 26, 2019
    • Cultural changes and court decisions are prompting rapid and potentially far-reaching changes in the status and protection of LGBTQ employees in greater China.  Speakers from Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai will discuss the extent of legal protections for LGBTQ employees in hiring and termination, discrimination and harassment issues, statutory and non-statutory benefits for same-sex partners and spouses, and the ability of LGBTQ employees to sponsor immigration authorization for foreign national same-sex partners and spouses.  Register today!


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Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Bobby Sangha

June 2019

We are pleased to welcome Bobby Sangha to the firm as our newest Associate.

Bobby practices in all areas of workplace law, including labour, employment, human rights, occupational health and safety, and privacy law.

He is passionate about advocating for clients in civil or administrative proceedings, including wrongful dismissal actions, grievance arbitrations, and human rights complaints.

Bobby completed his articles with Roper Greyell and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2019.

Learn more about Bobby here.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, May 2019

May 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. This monthly publication is a vehicle by which ELA firms can provide timely legal information to global clients.

Regional Employment Law Briefings, May 2019

Asia Pacific


Europe


Latin America


North America

Employment Law Conferences & Events

ELA Events are complimentary to all members and clients of an ELA firm – we welcome you to join us!

Upcoming Webinars

Protection of Trade Secrets, May 21, 2019

As companies experience growth and more success in the market, their trade secrets evolve and grow while bringing new compliance challenges for the HR team.  How can HR Executives be proactive to effectively reduce the exposure of sensitive information and safeguard trade secrets within the organization as it grows?  Join us for the answers to this and other questions as we identify effective measures and remedies to enforce trade secrets under European laws.  Learn how to protect company interests through confidentiality clauses, restrictive covenants and more! REGISTER TODAY!

Employee Mobility & Family Migration: What HR Executives Need to Know, May 22, 2019

As demand for talent increases, employers are finding that having a global workforce is important to their overall strategy.  More than ever, corporations are looking beyond their borders to build their organization with skilled employees.  In this interactive webinar, experienced lawyers from Latin America will provide a deeper analysis into immigration and what HR Executives need to know when hiring international employees.  The second in a series on immigration, this webinar highlights topics such as short-term and long-term work assignments, employee and family migration, how to verify entry requirements and more!
REGISTER TODAY!

Gregory J. Heywood and James D. Kondopulos Recognized in 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders

May 2019

We are pleased to announce that two Roper Greyell lawyers, Gregory J. Heywood and James D. Kondopulos, were recognized by Who’s Who Legal in its Thought Leaders – Labour & Employment Guide 2019.

Through thousands of votes and nominations in the course of our research, the market has identified those listed within (the Guide) as being among the very best in the world in their field, without exception.

Tom Barnes, Publisher, Who’s Who Legal

The Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders –  Labour & Employment Guide 2019 can be viewed here.

About Who’s Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal has identified the top legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law since 1996. Lawyers are selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

 

 

Nine Roper Greyell Lawyers Listed in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

May 2019

We are pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s lawyers were recognized as leading employment and labour law practitioners in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Join us in congratulating the following Roper Greyell lawyers:

Thomas A. Roper Q.C
Delayne Sartison Q.C
Jennifer Devins
Sandra Guarascio
J. Najeeb Hassan
Gregory J. Heywood
James D. Kondopulos
Gavin Marshall
Gabrielle Scorer

Click here for the complete directory

About the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Published since 1997, the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory profiles leading practitioners across Canada in over 60 practice areas and leading law firms in over 40 practice areas.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, April 2019

April 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. This monthly publication is a vehicle by which ELA firms can provide timely legal information to global clients.

Regional Employment Law Briefings, April 2019

Asia Pacific

Europe

Latin America

North America

Upcoming Webinars

  • Non-Compete Agreements in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries April 18, 2019
  • Non-Compete Agreements are often seen as a limitation to an employee’s fundamental “freedom to work”.  Join us in this interactive webinar as we examine this complex topic and its varied legal solutions in the PALOP jurisdictions: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome & Principe.

B.C. Set to Review The Workers’ Compensation System

April 2019
Legal update by: Alissa Demerse

On April 3, 2019, the B.C. Government announced that it will undertake a formal review of its workers’ compensation system with the appointment of retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson.  This review is part of the Government’s stated goal to “shift the workers’ compensation system to become more worker centred”.  The press release states that the review will assess:

– the system’s policies and practices that support injured workers’ return to work;

– WorkSafeBC’s current policies and practices through a gender- and diversity-based analysis (commonly referred to as GBA+);

– modernization of WorkSafeBC’s culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model;

– the case management of injured workers; and

– any potential amendments to the Workers Compensation Act arising from this focused review.

The recent announcement informed employers that there will be public engagement process to ensure that Patterson’s review is informed by feedback from employers, labour organizations and injured workers.  The report, including possible recommendations, is due to be delivered to the Government by September 30, 2019.

For any questions about this review or other worker’s compensation matters, please contact Alissa Demerse or Gavin Marshall.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Andrew Nicholl

February 2019

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Nicholl to the firm.

Andrew graduated from the Juris Doctor program at Western University in 2015. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016 and the B.C. Bar in 2018.

Andrew has experience representing clients before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, and before rights and interest labour arbitration boards.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Andrew practiced employment and labour law at a large international firm in Vancouver.

Learn more about Andrew here.

Roper Greyell LLP Welcomes Joel J. Ello as Director of Finance + Technology

February 2019

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to welcome Joel J. Ello, CPA, CMA  to the firm as Director of Finance + Technology.

With over 20 years of experience, Joel’s diverse background spans the areas of project management, change management, operational planning, financial reporting and analysis, and technology implementation.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Joel was the Manager of Business Analysis and Process Design at Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited and Controller at its subsidiary Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Limited.

Learn more about Joel here.

Big Win for Roper Greyell Client in B.C. Court of Appeal: Test for Family Status Discrimination Unequivocally Affirmed

February 2019
Legal update by: James D. Kondopulos

In Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC v. Suen, 2019 BCCA 46, Roper Greyell lawyers James D. KondopulosMichael A. Wagner & Brandon I. Hillis were successful in representing and advocating on behalf of the Appellant before the Court of Appeal to affirm that a finding of family status discrimination imposes a duty on the complainant to demonstrate “a serious interference with a substantial parental or family duty or obligation”.

Read more about the case here.