Frank Molnar
Frank Molnar
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Frank Molnar has 30 years of 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, 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 focused 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 will face 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. Frank has also been a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Committee since 2002. 

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 - 2019
"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 - Present
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...
June 2016
Examining the Changing Legal Landscape
May 2016
Medical Marijuana:  Workplace Implications for Drug Testing, Zero Tolerance and Accommodation
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
September 2015
Environmental Sensitivity and the Duty to Accommodate
March 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn
October 2014
Family Status and Employment - Developing Human Rights at the Workplace
June 2014
The DSM-5: Noteworthy Changes from DSM-IV – An Employer's Perspective
May 2014
Contingent Workforce: Winning Hearts and Minds at Arm's Length
March 2013
Key Employment Law Issues to Ensure Compliance with a Foreign Workforce
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
Lexpert
October 2012
Key Employment Law Issues to Ensure Compliance with a Foreign Workforce
September 2012
Rejection of Rand Formula - Bargaining in Bad Faith in Alberta?
August 2012
Protection of Vulnerable Workers in Alberta
August 2012
Protection of Vulnerable Workers in Alberta
February 2012
Legal Update Work Stoppages
August 2011
Managing Your Duty to Accommodate
June 2010
Accommodating Work-Life Balance
June 2010
Terminations in a Unionized Setting
May 2010
Impact of Union Representation Clauses in Alberta
March 2010
Employment Contracts
September 2009
Constructive Dismissal Claims: Has the Standard Changed in the New Economy?
May 2009
Techniques to Minimize Liability During Terminations
May 2009
Re-Balancing Employers’ Rights - Workplace Strategies for 2009
April 2009
Re-Balancing Employers’ Rights - Workplace Strategies for 2009
October 2008
Minimize Your Risk Exposure to Wrongful Dismissal Suits in a Non-Unionized Environment
June 2008
Accommodating Family Status In The Workplace
June 2008
Panel Chair - Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace
May 2008
Employers' Group Can't Compel Multi-unit Bargaining at one Table
May 2008
Legal Issues Surrounding Employee Retention and Knowledge Protection
February 2008
Managing an Aging Workforce: Avoiding Charges of Age Discrimination with the End of Mandatory Retirement
February 2008
Managing an Aging Workforce: Avoiding Charges of Age Discrimination with the End of Mandatory Retirement
February 2008
Proactive Risk Management in the Workplace: Harassment, Cyberventing, Violence, Fraud, High Risk Terminations, Class Actions
February 2008
Risk Management in the Workplace
February 2008
Western Canadian Forum on Employment Law - Managing Non-Union Employees in a Booming Economy
September 2007
Managing Labour Relations: Successfully Working with the Union
June 2007
Difficult Issues in Arbitration
February 2007
Accommodation to the Point of Undue Hardship: Cases Where the Employer Met its Duty?
February 2007
When Enough is Enough! Accommodation Cases When Undue Hardship
September 2006
Managing Labour Relations: Successfully Working with the Union
August 2006
Accommodating Employees with Drug and Alcohol Problems
February 2006
Undue Hardship - Where Are We Now?
June 2005
The Modern Method of Collective Agreement Interpretation - Is it the Traditional Method in a New Dress?
Co-Author: Jacqueline Klym Laviolette
June 2005
The Modern Method of Collective Agreement Interpretation – Is it the Traditional Method in a New Dress?
May 2004
Employment Hot Issues
February 2004
Alberta’s New Occupational Health and Safety Regime
February 2004
New Privacy Legislation:  Workplace Implications – The Employer's Perspective
May 2003
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
November 2002
Occupational Health and Safety Update (Three Sessions)
Spring 2002
Avoiding the Loss of Employee Training Investments
June 2000
Violence in the Workplace:  An Employer's Duty to Protect its Workers
May 2000
The Departing Senior Executive
May 2000
Drug and Alcohol Testing - The Latest Word
September 1999
Joint Operator Agreements - Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Issues
April 1999
The Impact of Employment Statutes on Independent Contract Workers
Summer 1998
You Raise the Issue - Reducing an Employees Resignation Term and Paying Bonuses to Resigning Employees
Spring 1995
Significant Amendments to Alberta's Employment Standards Code
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