Frank Molnar
Frank Molnar
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Frank Molnar has over 30 years experience helping employers with complex labour and employment and education law issues. He provides representation and strategic advice in all labour and employment matters, including labour arbitration, Labour Relations Board proceedings, human rights, collective bargaining, executive employment issues, wrongful dismissal, employment standards, workers' compensation and occupational health and safety proceedings.

Frank’s clients span numerous industries in both the public and private sector, including educational institutions, health care providers, manufacturers, broadcasters, oil and gas companies, public agencies, professional associations and construction companies.
 
Frank advises federally and provincially regulated employers regarding the discipline and termination of unionized and non-unionized employees, collective agreement interpretation, collective bargaining, labour arbitrations, and complaints and applications before the Alberta Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board. He also helps clients with human rights complaints, harassment investigations, drug and alcohol testing, employment standards complaints, executive compensation and the preparation and revision of employment agreements and human resources policies. 
 
Frank advises educational institutions on a broad range of issues, including institutional policies and procedures and labour relations with academic and non-academic staff, such as discipline, grievances, human rights, disability management, collective bargaining, academic tenure and promotion, labour relations board and rights and interest arbitration.
 
Frank has appeared as counsel before all Alberta and Federal Courts and has represented clients in numerous labour arbitrations (under provincial legislation and Canada Labour Code) and before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunals (provincial and federal), Canada Labour Code Adjudicators (unjust dismissals), Employment Standards Umpires, Employment Insurance Umpires, Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation and the Occupational Health and Safety Council Appeal Division. 
 
Frank is a frequent speaker to professional, business and community groups on labour, employment and human rights issues, and also serves as chair of numerous conferences. He has presented at national Canadian Bar Association conferences and Legal Education Society of Alberta conferences and has been a frequent presenter at the Calgary Labour Arbitration Conference. Frank is also a contributing author to Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Carswell).

Value to Clients

“I take a proactive approach to litigation and strategic counseling and focus on finding the most practical, cost-effective path to solving my clients’ problems. After three decades of handling labour, employment and education law matters, I’ve seen nearly every scenario and dispute imaginable. What continues to make it all so interesting is how the law constantly evolves. I have the opportunity to collaborate with clients to help them adapt effectively and overcome the new challenges they face today and in the future.”

Outside the Office

Frank is active in the community. He has served on the Board of Directors of Alberta Ballet since 1993 and has been Corporate Secretary since 1994. 

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Member
2013 - Present
Calgary Bar Association
Member
1994-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (South)
Member
1992-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1986-Present
Law Society of Upper Canada
Member
1988-Present
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2015 - 2020
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2013-2019
"Recognised Practitioner" Alberta, Employment and Labour
Chambers and Partners
2019
"Repeatedly Recommended" Workplace Human Rights (Employer)
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2019
Alberta Ballet Company
Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
1994 - Present
Alberta Ballet Company
Board of Directors
1993 - Present
Calgary Chamber of  Commerce
Labour Relations Sub-Committee, Chair
2012 - Present
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Human Resources Committee
2002 - 2019
Knights of Columbus
Member
2009 - Present
Alberta Ballet Company
Vice-President
1994 - 1995
Sunshine Village Corporation v Chevalier, 2018 ABQB 484
Shawn Muldoon v Parties’ Representatives of Record, 2017 CIRB 855
Alberta Teachers' Association and Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1, 2015 ABQB 302, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Aviscar Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 (Mann), 2015 CarswellAlta 777, Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Bethany Care Society and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (J. Clarke), 2014 CanLII 50659 (AB GAA), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Bethany Care Society and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (Solodky), [2013] AGAA No.34 (Wallace), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Winfield v. Pattison Sign Group, 2013 ABQB 595, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta Teachers Association and Calgary Roman Catholic School District No. 1 (Saunders), [2012] A.G.A.A. No.67 (Beattie), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Alberta Teachers' Association v. Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1, 2012 ABCA 45, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta Teachers Association and Calgary Roman Catholic School District No. 1 (Personal Health Spending Account), 2011 CanLII 95009 (Tettensor), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Bruse v. Calgary Board of Education, 2011 ABCA 196 (CanLII), Alberta Court of Appeal
Chevalier v. Sunshine Village Corporation, 2011 ABQB 295 (CanLII), Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Chevalier v. Sunshine Village Corporation, 2011 ABQB 544 (CanLII), Alberta Court of Queens Bench
Chevalier v. Sunshine Village Corporation, 2011 ABQB 557 (CanLII), Alberta Court of Queens Bench
University of Lethbridge and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, 2011 CanLII 81613 (Wallace), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Associated Cab (Alta.) Ltd and United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 1118, [2010] Alta. L.R.B.R. 137, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Cott Beverages Canada (Calgary) and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada., Local 401 (Walker), 2010 CanLII 96477 (Power), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
The Alberta Teachers' Association v. Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1, 2010 ABQB 828, Alberta Court of Queens Bench
Bruse v. Calgary Board of Education, (2009) 99 C.L.A.S. 205, CLB 14410 (Elliott), Alberta Board of Reference Award
Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 and The Alberta Teachers' Association (Hours of Work Grievance), (2009) 100 C.L.A.S. 145, CLB 20953 (Jones), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Gary Davidson and HSE Integrated Ltd., 2009 AHRC 2 (CanLII), Human Rights Panels of Alberta
Summit Care Corporation (Calgary) Ltd. And Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Health Care and Service Employees Union (CLAC), [2009] Alta L.R.B.R. LD-14, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Tyco Thermal Controls Canada Ltd. and Communication, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 118 (Derksen Grievance), (2009) 98 C.L.A.S. 86, CLB 8907 (Lucas), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
All Seniors Care Living Centres and Pevancie Group Staffing Ltd., Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, [2008] Alta L.R.B.R. LD 53, Alberta Labour Relations Award
Bethany Care Society and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (Clarke Grievance), (2008) 97 C.L.A.S. 20 (Francis), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Calgary Islamic School and The Alberta Teachers' Association, [2008] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-8, Alberta Labour Relations Board
David Thompson Health Region (Alberta Hospital Ponoka) and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (Makus Grievance), [2007] A.G.A.A. No. 59 (Tettensor), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
School Boards Employer Bargaining Authority v. The Alberta Teachers' Association, [2007] Alta. L.R.B.R. 240, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Weston Bakeries Limited and Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 252, [2006] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-30, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Weston Bakeries Limited and Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 2 (Interpretation of COLA Clause), [2004] A.G.A.A. No. 20 (Elliott), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Woods Homes and Canadian Union of Public Employees (McQueen Grievance), [2003] A.G.A.A. No. 28 (Smith), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Burnco Rock Products Ltd. and General Teamsters, Local 362 (Beaton Grievance), [2002] A.G.A.A. No. 99 (Moreau), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Graham Construction and Engineering (1985) Ltd. And United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local No. 1325, [2001] Alta. L.R.B.R. 10, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Relizon Canada Inc. and Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada, Local 746, [2001] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-49, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Alberta Ballet Company and Canadian Actors' Equity Association, [2000] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-23, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Alberta Teachers' Assn. v. Moreau, [1999] A.J. No. 435, ABCA 128, Alberta Court of Appeal
Avis Car Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 (Villaverde Grievance), [1999] A.G.A.A. No. 59 (Jones), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 and the Alberta Teachers' Association, [1999] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-82, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1999] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-14, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1998] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-5, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1998] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-6, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1998] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-10, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1998] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-14, Alberta Labour Relations Board
Sturgeon School Division No. 24 v. Rear, 1998 ABCA 293, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta Teachers' Assn. v. Moreau, [1997] A.J. No. 540, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Landry v. Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 4, [1997] A.J. No. 1091, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta Teachers' Assn. v. Calgary School District No. 19, [1996] A.J. No. 867, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Hempel v. Canada (Attorney General), [1996] F.C.J. No. 652, Federal Court of Appeal
Master Mechanical Plumbing & Heating (1986) Ltd. And United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbers and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local Union No. 496, [1997] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-31, Alberta Labour Relations Board
R. v. Collins, [1996] A.J. No. 1045, Alberta Provincial Court
Re Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 (MacDonald Grievance), (1996) 68 L.A.C. (4th) 1 (Sims), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Moore and Saddle Lake Education Authority, [1995] C.L.A.D. No. 547 (Anderson), Canada Labour Code Adjudicator
Re Board of Trustees of Calgary Board of Education (Insurance Policy Grievance), [1995] Alta. G.A.A. 95-091 (Hawco), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Re Board of Trustees of Calgary Board of Education (Aizenman Grievance), (1994) 46 L.A.C. (4th) 353. (Moreau), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Yagos v. Crowsnest Pass School Division No. 63, [1994] A.J. No. 379, 19 Alta. L.R. (3d) 287(Q.B. Bd of Ref), Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Bundy of Canada and C.A.W., Local 1285 (Policy Grievance Wage Payment During Plant Evacuation), (1989) C.L.A.S 77 (Joyce), Ontario Grievance Arbitration Award
Dant Industries Limited, [1988] OLRB Rep. November 1149, Ontario Labour Relations Board
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
Seminars
The Field Law Labour and Employment Group presents the annual Year in Review seminars in Calgary and Edmonton. Join us for legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups in the areas of:  Part 1: Human Rights ...
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
April 19, 2018
Weed at Work: Preparing for the Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis in Canada
Seminars
Join Trojan Safety, SIX Safety Systems and Field Law for a detailed half-day seminar providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situations involving cannabis in the workplace. During this comprehensive half-day semin...
December 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
Field Law held its second Post-Secondary Summit on November 30, 2017 in Calgary. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the lawyers in Field Law’s Post-Secondary Education Practice ...
November 30, 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit
Conferences
Join us for our second annual summit to focus and collaborate on legal issues facing Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Click here to view the brochure.  Click here to register.   
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
Lexpert
May 2010
Impact of Union Representation Clauses in Alberta
June 2008
Panel Chair - Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace
May 2008
Employers' Group Can't Compel Multi-unit Bargaining at one Table
The Lawyer's Weekly
August 2006
Accommodating Employees with Drug and Alcohol Problems
June 2005
The Modern Method of Collective Agreement Interpretation - Is it the Traditional Method in a New Dress?
Co-Author: Jacqueline Klym Laviolette
March 2005
Chair - Wrongful Dismissal Update (Edmonton)
February 2005
Chair - Wrongful Dismissal Update (Calgary)
February 2004
Alberta’s New Occupational Health and Safety Regime
May 2003
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Spring 2002
Avoiding the Loss of Employee Training Investments
Training an employee can entail a significant investment on the part of the employer. Often there are regulatory or even professional requirements to be met before an employee can work in a position and often, the employer will pay for t...
June 2000
Chair - Current Issues of Employment Law for  HR Professionals and Corporate Counsel
Summer 1998
You Raise the Issue - Reducing an Employees Resignation Term and Paying Bonuses to Resigning Employees
Reducing an Employee’s Resignation Term   Question: Recently an employee gave us four months' notice of resignation. Do we have to keep that employee until his resignation date or can we let him go now?Answer: Four mo...
October 2017
Field Law Lawyers and Department recognized in Chambers Canada 2018 Guide
Field Law is pleased to announce that it has been listed in the Chambers Canada 2018 guide as having a “Highly Regarded Corporate/Commercial” Department in Alberta.Additionally, the following lawyers have been ranked: L. Frank Molnar, Q...
  • Shaw TV - Challenges for employers and employees caused by Alberta's economic downturn, May 18-20, 2016
  • CBC Calgary Television News - Employment litigation options and implications arising from the resolution of the remaining criminal charge against Jian Ghomeshi, May 11, 2016
  • CBC - Edmonton shoe store 'no-veil' policy unlikely to withstand human rights challenge, February 1 and 2, 2016
  • 660 News (Calgary) - Interview by Audrey Whelan, Morning News Anchor at 660 News - Strategies for companies and employees to manage during Alberta's current economic downturn, November 11, 2015
  • 660 News (Calgary) - Interview by Kevin Usselman, News Director at 660 News - How companies can effectively manage employee relations during an economic downturn and strategies for responding to pressure to reduce payroll costs, April 25, 2015
  • QR77 (Calgary) - Sportstalk with Mark Stephen and Jock Wilson - NHLPA disclaimer of interest and NHL response of commencing a civil action in New York Federal Court for declaratory relief and filing an unfair labour practice complaint with the National Labour Relations Board, December 14, 2012
  • Sportsnet 960 The Fan (Calgary) - The Big Show with Pat Steinberg and Peter Maher - NHL lockout and request by owners to meet with and bargain directly with a group of player representatives, November 30, 2012
  • QR77 (Calgary) - Calgary Today with Angela Kokott - Intervention by the Federal Minister of Labour in Air Canada's Dispute with Its Flight Attendants, October 12, 2011
  • QR77 (Calgary) - Doug Rutherford Show - CIBC Overtime Class Action, December 16, 2008
  • 630CHED (Edmonton) - Doug Rutherford Show - CIBC Overtime Class Action, December 16, 2008

Our client:  A large, federally-regulated employer, with a major, national operation and a non-union workforce.

  • Where we began:  The company purchased a unionized operation and needed help integrating the two operations.  As Frank put it, "Our client wanted to realize the efficiencies of merging into one, non-union location while recognizing the rights of the union employees.  First, however, we needed to assess the legal issues and the scope of the unionized workers' rights."
  • Our approach:  In collaboration with the client, we decided to keep the unionized group initially separate.  "This allowed the client time to sort out the complicated issues and scenarios involved ­ including the impact on the client's national operations ­and to negotiate with the union."
  • The result:  The client expects a settlement that includes removal of some union job categories, subject to the agreement's approval by the Canada Industrial Relations Board.  

Frank is a frequent speaker to professional, business and community groups on labour, employment, human rights and educational law issues and has chaired numerous conferences.  He has presented at national Canadian Bar Association conferences and at Legal Education Society of Alberta conferences and has been a frequent presenter at the Calgary Labour Arbitration Conference. 

Education
University of Toronto, 1985, Bachelor of Laws
University of Toronto, 1982, Master of Industrial Relations
University of Alberta, 1981, Bachelor of Commerce
Admissions
Alberta,1986
Ontario,1988