Michael is a partner at Roper Greyell where he provides advice to employers on employment, labour relations and human rights issues in the workplace.
Michael assists employers with drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts and workplace policies. Through evaluating the risks and options, he helps employers make difficult decisions that affect employees.
Michael takes the time to walk employers through complicated issues, repercussions and proactive approaches that minimize employee disputes
Known for his insight and responsiveness, Michael takes the time to walk employers through complicated issues, repercussions and proactive approaches that minimize employee disputes. The merits of his approach to workplace law is reflected in his recent successes in the forestry sector. He has represented forestry and manufacturing sector employers in union related cases, grievance arbitrations, labour relation board applications and unfair dismissal cases.
Michael closely follows the legislative developments regarding the legalization of marijuana and its impact on the workplace. By drafting, assisting in the application, and defending Drug and Alcohol Policies, he has a shown a long term commitment to marijuana in the workplace issues; one case at a time, he is working to create a legal position that is beneficial to employers. Michael also delivers legal seminars and training to clients on this topic and other workplace issues, and employment and labour laws.
Outside of work, Michael is building memories with his family while exploring B.C.’s beaches and mountains.
B.A., Political Science, University of British Columbia
LL.B., Dalhousie University
Year of call
British Columbia, 2006
Aggravated Damages in Wrongful Dismissal Claims
Disabled Employee Entitled to Equal Treatment, Not Better Treatment
Equal, not Better, Treatment: Accommodating Employees with Disabilities
Freedom of Association Now Protects the Right to Strike
In the Right Context, “Revelation of Character”, Including After-Acquired Cause Dating Back Years, Can Warrant Summary Dismissal
Restricting Illegal Picketing – The “Flexible Wrongful Action Approach”
Tailored Pre-Employment Testing Given the Green Light
The Long and Difficult Road to Establish Just Cause for a Performance-Based Termination
Undocumented Obligations: The Creation of an Oral Fixed Term Employment Contract
Final Amendments to the B.C. Labour Relations Code, Now in Effect!
Proposed Amendments to the B.C. Labour Relations Code, First Reading
Broad Termination Clause and a Failure to Apply Prerequisites Results in a Bonus for Terminated Employee
Federal and BC Governments Announce Day of Mourning on September 19, 2022: What Does this Mean for Employers?
Membership / Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)