Joël Michaud
Joël Michaud
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Joël Michaud is an Edmonton-based lawyer with national experience advising regulated private and public employers on labour, employment, human rights and administrative law issues. Joël is bilingual and provides advice in both English and French. He represents employers and employees in post-secondary institutions, Crown corporations, the aviation and transportation sectors and other large-scale, inter-provincial businesses and institutions.

Joël handles a wide range of complex legal issues in the following areas:

  • Employment standards, workplace policies and employment contracts
  • Human rights
  • Canada Labour Code complaints
  • Wrongful dismissals, labour disputes and grievance arbitration
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Workplace privacy
  • Investigations into allegations of workplace harassment and misconduct

Clients rely on Joël's representation before various administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Canadian Human Rights Commission and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. He also represents clients in grievance and interest arbitrations and before the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Joël has also appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench in wrongful dismissal and judicial review matters.  

Value to Clients

Joël brings strong policy and management perspective and experience to his clients' needs and issues. Before attending law school, he spent three years in the federal public service in Edmonton, working in managerial and other capacities. Joël was also an intern at the Canadian Industrial Relations Board in Ottawa and a member of the University of Ottawa’s team at the René Cassin Competition on Human Rights held in Strasbourg, France.

Outside the Office

As the father of three, Joël's free time revolves around his family. They travel and enjoy the outdoors together ­ hiking, camping, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Joël also has a private pilot's license. 

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
2010 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Association des juristes d'expression francaise de l'Alberta
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Education Law Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Executive Member (Case Review)
Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall Prize for assignment at The Canadian Industrial Relations Board as part of the Federal Tribunals Practice Seminar at the University of Ottawa Law School
Sherrard Kuzz Prize in Labour and Employment and Administrative Law
Centre de Santé Saint-Thomas Health Centre
2007 - 2011
Board of Trustees Edmonton School District No. 7 v Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2015 CanLII 93831 (AB GAA)
Southern Francophone Education Region No. 4 v. Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2015 AB GAA 91708, Alberta Grievance Arbitration Awards
November - December 2016
Family Status Accommodation Seminars
September 2016
Recognizing and Accommodating Employees in Mental Distress
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
July 2015
Canada Labour Code Does not Grant Non-Unionized Employees a "Right to the Job"
In Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, 2015 FCA 17 ("Wilson"), the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) made a game-­changing decision when they unanimously found that without ­cause dismissals of nonunionized empl...
June 2015
Hard Hitting Damage Awards: The Reasons Behind the Climbing Numbers
October 2014
Managing Technology and Social Media Use at the Workplace – Upstream and Downstream Solutions
June 2014
Workplace Harassment: Investigation, Discipline, Compensation
April 2014
Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable
In the ongoing debate on random drug and alcohol testing of employees, an Alberta Arbitration Board (the “Board”) has found that an employer’s random drug and alcohol testing policy is unreasonable.The Board’s decision is t...
March 2011
Vaid: The Need to Consider the Parliamentary Authorities
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe: A Management Perspective
June 2010
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe
April 2010
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta
April 2010
Overview of HR Issues for School Principals
October 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty
April 2009
Employee Leave Issues (Seminar on the Employment Standards Act in Alberta)
April 2009
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta
November 2008
Labour and Employment Issues
Spring 2008
The Supreme Court Limits Procedural Fairness in the Context of Public Employment
November 2006
An Overview of Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law
Co-Author: Claire Vachon
Vaid: The Need to Consider the Parliamentary Authorities
University of Ottawa, 2005, Bachelor of Laws Cum Laude
University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean, 1999, Bachelor of Arts With Distinction