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Roper Greyell is one of the first law firms in Canada to create the position of Chief Executive Officer and we are pleased to announce that Linda Lucas has been appointed to that role.
The appointment puts Roper Greyell on the leading edge of a trend that is moving away from a traditional legal business model to one that sees clients as partners and proactively puts their businesses first. As Chief Executive Officer, Linda is responsible for driving the firm’s long-term strategy and vision with an emphasis on client collaboration.
“Historically, the legal industry has operated in a very traditional manner, but that’s changing. Now the shift is to become ‘big picture thinkers’ and to anticipate a client’s needs and provide practical solutions that make economic sense,” says Lucas.
Linda is a Chartered Professional Accountant with twenty years of experience in all aspects of finance and operations, and has worked in many different industries across Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. She looks forward to the challenge of pursuing Roper Greyell’s vision in a rapidly changing industry.
We are pleased to welcome Ryan Copeland to the partnership.
Ryan’s unique background guides his approach to workplace law. He has been a construction worker, a tree feller and while in university, he managed and led a 20-person forest firefighting crew. “My past experience has taught me how to adapt and respond to a variety of dynamic and changing circumstances on the job,” says Copeland. “Those skills are valuable assets in guiding clients through the complex world of workplace law. I enjoy analyzing all possible solutions and working alongside my clients to determine the best direction.”
Ryan provides advice to both public and private sector clients on matters such as harassment, absenteeism, health and safety, workplace policies and employment contracts. He also helps clients navigate through the courts, labour arbitrations, labour boards, human rights and WorkSafeBC tribunals.
“We look forward to the continued insight and fresh perspective Ryan brings to Roper Greyell,” says Tom Roper, Roper Greyell’s Chair. “Our focus is helping our lawyers grow. When they grow, we grow and our firm is able to build on the kind of sound advice our clients have come to expect. By developing the skills and talents of our people we can meet the exacting needs of our clients in a rapidly changing employment landscape.”
Ryan joined the firm in 2008 as an associate and as he moves into his new role he will continue to build on the firm’s commitment to provide clients with the highest quality legal representation and strategic advice in all areas of workplace law.
Effective January 1, 2017, changes are coming to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) scheme that will reduce the waiting period for EI benefits from two weeks to one week.
This change will apply to regular and special benefits, including pregnancy, parental, compassionate care, and sickness benefits. The total number of weeks of available benefits is not impacted by the legislative changes.
The reduction in the waiting period may have an impact on employers who offer supplemental or top-up payments that coordinate with EI pregnancy, parental, sickness, or other special benefits. The change may also affect employers whose disability benefits are payable only after employees have exhausted all available EI sickness benefits.
If you require assistance regarding the impact of these legislative changes on your workplace or any workplace policies or benefit plans, please contact us.
Roper Greyell is proud to be recognized as a leading firm in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada. In addition, Thomas A. Roper, Q.C. was also recognized individually as a leading employment and labour practitioner in Canada.
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We are pleased to announce that seven Roper Greyell lawyers have been ranked in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada.
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