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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.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, March 2019

March 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, March 2019

Asia Pacific

 Europe

Latin America

 North America

 Upcoming Webinars:

  • Immigration 101: Rules, Regulations and Reality March 26, 2019
  • Join us as we present part one of a series of discussions surrounding your most pressing Immigration questions in Latin Topics include: requirements for permanent and provisional residency, treatment of immigrants, and the complexity and reality of immigration systems in each jurisdiction.
  • Women in the Workplace March 27, 2019
  • In recognition of International Women’s Day, the ELA is presenting the best lawyers in the Middle East region for a round-table discussion of topics including: statistics of women in the workplace, equal rights under the employment law, existing rights against discrimination of women, and encouragement of women in the private

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.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, February 2019

February 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, February 2019

 Asia Pacific

Europe

 Latin America

 North America

Client Success Stories

Upcoming Webinars

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.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, January 2019

January 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, January 2019

Asia Pacific

Europe

Latin America

 Middle East/Africa

North America

Upcoming Webinars:

Roper Greyell LLP Names Two New Partners, Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata

January 2019

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata as new partners of the firm.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata into the partnership,” says Thomas A. Roper Q.C., Chair of Roper Greyell LLP. “Their exceptional knowledge of employment and labour law, and strategic focus on delivering practical solutions for clients will further elevate our capabilities and ensure that our clients are well-served.”

Maggie Campbell represents employers on all aspects of employment relations.  She regularly conducts investigations and advises clients on human rights and employment issues, including terminations, wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, employment contracts and statutory employment obligations. Ms. Campbell has represented clients before the British Columbia courts, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

Mike Hamata practises in all areas of employment and labour law. Working primarily as a litigation lawyer, Mr. Hamata assists federally and provincially regulated employers with discipline and policy grievances, picketing injunctions, strike planning, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, workers compensation, and employment standards complaints. He regularly appears at all levels of court in British Columbia and before administrative tribunals, including the B.C. Labour Relations Board, Canadian Industrial Relations Board and federal and provincial human rights tribunals.

Ms. Campbell and Mr. Hamata joined Roper Greyell LLP in 2017 as associate counsel and associate, respectively.

Employment Law Alliance Newsletter, December 2018

December 2018

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, December 2018

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Latin America

Middle East/ Africa

 North America

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