Christin Elawny
Christin Elawny
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Christin Elawny is a labour and employment lawyer helping both non-unionized and unionized employers with complex claims, planning and other employment-related needs.

Christin's clients seek her help with issues such as hiring and termination planning, defending claims and grievances and developing preventative policies and procedures for employment agreements that protect employers and support workplace human rights. She has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba.

Clients appreciate Christin’s practical focus on their business objectives and her ability to plan and mitigate risk from every perspective of the employer-employee relationship. Christin's clients regularly turn to her when they're facing difficult employment-related issues, such as:

  • Collective bargaining and agreements administration
  • Discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal claims and grievance arbitration
  • Workplace human rights and Provincial and Federal Human Rights Commission complaints
  • Employment and executive agreements and severance agreements
  • Employment standards and hiring practices
  • Discrimination, duty to accommodate employees and respectful workplace policies
  • General management of employees, in union and non-union settings
  • Planning and developing policies and procedures

Christin helps employers plan for the future and believes that proper planning and development of policies and procedures will ensure compliance and mitigate vulnerabilities.

Value to Clients

Many of the issues employers face relate to human rights. Christin works with clients on establishing policies and procedures around human resource issues such as validating sick leaves and long-term disability. In addition, Christin helps employers by addressing the many questions and issues raised by the use of medical marijuana in the workplace and the recent legalization of cannabis.

Outside the Office

Christin loves being a mom and enjoys fitness. She is an avid reader (some of her favorite books include Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King) and she is a literacy advocate who believes that the ability to read is a vital skill which allows individuals to fully participate in a vibrant and positive society. She supports literacy in the community by working with the CanLearn Society.

Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Alberta
Law Society of Manitoba
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020 - 2022
CanLearn Society
2014 - Present
Alberta Teachers' Association v. Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28, 2013 ABQB 283, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
Alberta Teachers' Association v. Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1, 2012 ABCA 45, Alberta Court of Appeal
Bethany Care Society v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, [2008] AGAA No.70 (Francis), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Cotton and Chard v. Ridley Canada Ltd., 2008 MBQB 37, Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba
October 2021 - 1 min read
Alberta Human Rights Commission Issues Guidance on Vaccine Mandates
Workwise Newsletter
The Alberta Human Rights Commission (“AHRC”) recently issued written guidance on vaccine mandates and proof of vaccination. Here are a few key takeaways for employers, service providers, and landlords:  Employers, service providers...
June 21, 2021
Harassment, Discrimination + Violence in the Workplace: Legal Considerations for ASBA Members
Q+A Session
May 19, 2021
Coffee + Counsel: Employers, Are You Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Q+A Session
Join us for another edition of Coffee + Counsel, a complimentary series that brings you together with a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues pertinent to organizations in Alberta. Your questions guide the discussion, and we prov...
February 24 + March 10
2020 - A Year in Review Webinar Series
Did you miss the Field Law Labour + Employment Group's annual Year in Review? The recordings are now available! Is employer-friendly OHS legislation coming to a worksite near you? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on employment legislation a...
February 24, 2021
Mental Health in the Workplace – Employers' Duties and Obligations
Canadian Lawyer
December 3, 2020
Cocktails + Counsel: Setting Your Business Up for Success in Uncertain Times
Q+A Session
Join Field Law for another edition of Cocktails + Counsel, this time co-presented with PARK. This complimentary series brings you together with a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues pertinent to local business owners in th...
October 2020 - 3 min read
Constructively Dismissed Employee Entitled to Over $1 Million for Incentive Plan Payment
Workwise Newsletter
Have you reviewed the wording of your long-term incentive or other bonus or benefit plans for employees recently? If not, this is something employers will want to consider after the release of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Matthe...
July 23, 2020
Coffee + Counsel: Mitigating Risk as Employees Return to Work
Q+A Session
Field Law presents a new series that brings together you and a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal perspectives. As businesses open up again, and employees retur...
April 2020
Roadmap for Employers Navigating COVID-19
Has your company experienced a decrease in work due to COVID-19? Download our comprehensive roadmap to explore the options you have for assistance as well as other frequently asked questions.
April 9, 2020
Eligibility Requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
We provided our most recent update on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy on April 1, 2020. On April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada announced changes which relax the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsi...
April 2020
Temporary Changes to Alberta Employment Standards Legislation
On April 6, 2020, the Alberta Government announced temporary changes to the Employment Standards Code and Employment Standards Regulation to assist employers and employees in this difficult time.  What we know about the changes so far, and their p...
April 1, 2020
UPDATE: What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?
The Government of Canada continues to announce details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsidy”). On April 1, 2020, the following details were provided: The Subsidy is available to companies (including partnerships and sole p...
March 27, 2020
What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?  
On March 27, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it would be increasing a previously announced wage subsidy for small and medium businesses from 10% to 75%. The stated goal is to help employers keep employees on the payroll. The wag...
March 20, 2020
COVID-19: Employment + Immigration Do’s and Don’ts
Learn what employers and employees can and can’t do during the pandemic, and how travel restrictions will affect Canadians. Presented by Christin Elawny and Miranda Sinclair this webinar will discuss up to date information on the ever-evolvi...
Winter 2020
2019 - A Year in Review Seminar Series
Join the Field Law Labour + Employment Group for our annual seminars featuring legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups.Part 1 has been approved for 1.75 CPD hours and Part 2 has been approved for 2.25 CPD hou...
November 21, 2019
Cannabis Potpourri: One Year of Legal Cannabis in Canada Webinar
Possession and use of cannabis has now been legal in Canada for one year and edibles became legal on October 17, 2019. What has the year looked like and what new considerations do edibles add to the mix?Presented by Christin Elawny and&n...
November 20, 2019
Edible Cannabis in the Workplace
It has been over a year since Canada legalized cannabis.  Although individuals could make cannabis food and drink for personal use under the legislation, such products were initially not able to be produced or sold commercially.  As of Octobe...
July 2019
You're Fired: Here's Your Bonus
Workwise Newsletter
If an employee is fired for just cause are they entitled to their performance bonus for the months worked in that year? Most employers probably expect that the answer is no. However, in Master Schulz’s recent decision in Grainger v. Pentagon Farm...
May 2019
Heads Up: Labour + Employment Laws Are Changing Again
On Monday May 27, the UCP-led Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business. Bill 2 passed its first reading and is aimed at reversing some of the legislative changes made by the NDP during its time in government. If...
February 6, 2019
2018 Year in Review for Northern Employers
Join Field Law for a review of the most important legal cases from 2018. Topics covered will include: Labour Employment Human Rights Occupational Health + Safety Privacy Immigration Cannabis This seminar will be broadcast live via ...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
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 ...
January 23, 2019
Impact of Cannabis on the Insurance Industry
With the legalization of recreational cannabis and regulations for edibles soon to come, Field Law's Cannabis Group has the knowledge and experience to help clients, including those in the insurance industry, understand how cannabis laws impact the...
November 2018
Buildex Calgary Seminar Talks Cannabis in the Workplace
Journal of Commerce
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
October 2018
Christin Elawny to Receive “Heart of Community” Award
Field Law is proud to announce that Christin Elawny has been recognized for her pro-bono efforts with the Accessible Housing Society (Accessible Housing). Christin, a lawyer based in our Calgary office, will receive the “Heart of Community”...
October 3 + 10, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: Implications for Employers
Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situat...
July 2018
Cannabis Complicates Crossing the Border
Workwise Newsletter
The legalization of cannabis in Canada poses a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses. It is estimated that the recreational cannabis market in Canada may generate approximately $23 billion in annual revenue, creating jobs and ...
July 2018
Legal Cannabis: Coming to Canada on October 17, 2018
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
On June 20, 2018, the federal government announced that Canadians will be able to possess and consume cannabis recreationally under the Cannabis Act as of October 17, 2018. Until that date, cannabis possession and consumption remains illegal, other tha...
June 5, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace - Implications for Northern Employers
What Northern Employers Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situ...
May 2018
Good News for Employers: No Unfettered Right to Use Cannabis at Work  
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
As the cloud of recreational cannabis legalization looms on the horizon, employers will face difficult situations pertaining to cannabis and the workplace. It is important to remember that just because recreational cannabis will be legal, and medically...
April 19, 2018
Weed at Work: Preparing for the Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis in Canada
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 12
If You Haven't Heard About the Upcoming Changes to the Alberta Employment Standards Regulation,  You Need to Read This!
Workwise Newsletter
Important changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) come into effect in just a few short weeks. In order to align the Employment Standards Regulation with these changes, on December 7, 2017 the Government of Alberta ...
December 2017
R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?
Workwise Newsletter
In R v Jarvis, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently discussed the existence of a reasonable expectation of privacy in a school environment. Background The Respondent, a high school teacher, was surreptitiously recording female students and te...
December 2017
Employment Standards Code Changes are Effective January 1: Are You Ready?
Workwise Newsletter
As outlined in our previous alerts, almost all of the changes to the Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) brought in by the Fair and Family- Friendly Workplaces Act come into effect on January 1, 2018. Employers should take the following ...
October 2017
Legalized Recreational Marijuana in Alberta - Is Your Workplace Prepared?
The Advisor
On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis-related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts and Bill C-46: An Act to ame...
May 2017
Highlights of Bill 17: Alberta’s Fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act ​
Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, was introduced in the Alberta Legislature on May 24, 2017. The Bill is part of the Government of Alberta’s efforts to ensure that “Alberta has fair, modern and family-friendly workplaces...
September 2016
Alberta's Minimum Wage is on the Rise
Effective October 1, 2016, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $11.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour. This is the first step in the Provincial government’s plan to increase the minimum wage in Alberta to $15.00 per hour by...
June 2016
Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?
Despite a new decision on the issue from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) on May 18, 20161, the answer to this question remains “maybe.” The Court has, however, provided us with a measure of ...
January 2016
Gender Identity and Gender Expression Are Now Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination Under The Alberta Human Rights Act
As of December 11, 2015, gender identity and gender expression are prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Under section 7 of the Act employers cannot refuse to employ or to continue to employ any person,...
September 2015
Determining Reasonable Notice: Is Character of Employment a Less Important Factor?
As an employer, when terminating an employee without just cause, it is important to have some sense of the reasonable notice period a court might award in the circumstances in order to prepare an appropriate severance offer. There a...
August 2014
Wal-Mart Could Not Thaw the "Statutory Freeze" by Closing its Store
Where a retail store is performing very well, with objectives being met to such an extent that bonuses are being promised to employees, would a reasonable employer close that store? The Supreme Court of Canada determined in the U.F.C.W., Local 503...
February 2014
Injunction Granted: Public Service Salary Restraint Act "Guts the Bargaining Process"
Although other governments in Canada have imposed wage capping legislation, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, SA 2013, c. P43 (the “PSSRA”) is unique given its “very broad and very focused effect” on one group, the C...

How best to communicate termination policy changes

Our client: In 2015, a firm in the energy industry had to process several terminations in Alberta following an economic downturn.
Where we began: The company was concerned about payments to employees under its existing termination policy and about managing payouts in the future. Complicating matters was that employees were aware of the existing termination policy and many considered the payment under that policy to be a retirement benefit. Employee morale was already low because of the terminations to date, and the client did not want to be perceived as unfair or to draw attention to its changes in the termination policy. Since the company planned more terminations in the near future, it wanted to implement the new policy in a timely way in order to limit future payouts.
Our approach: Christin proposed several key policy revision options that addressed the client's business objectives. These included providing a certain number of weeks per year of notice/pay in lieu of notice up to a maximum number of weeks, staggering the effective date of the new policy based on seniority and communicating any change to the policy individually to each employee to ensure its enforceability.
The result: The termination policy amendment allowed the client to revise the wording of its existing policy which would have presented vulnerabilities with enforceability if there were litigation. While a large number of employees were subsequently terminated without cause, very few employees challenged the policy.

A creative, out-of-court resolution to a difficult termination claim

Our client: In 2016, an oilfield products company needed to negotiate a number of settlements with former employees who were terminated without cause.
Where we began: One of the terminated employees was contesting the client's offer, demanding a larger payout. Christin needed to find a creative solution as her client was unwilling to waiver from the amount of its last offer. Despite that fact, the client wanted to make the offer more enticing as there were risks it could cost them even more if the matter went to trial.
Our approach: Christin proposed that the client re-table their last offer and send the cheque for the settlement funds to the opposing counsel on trust conditions. Christin reasoned that cash in hand would entice the difficult former employee.
The result: The offer was quickly accepted and the matter was closed, achieving a great result for Christin's client.

University of Manitoba, 2006, Bachelor of Laws
Laurentian University, 2003, Bachelor of Arts

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