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Field Law represents clients in labour, employment, immigration, privacy, human rights and occupational health and safety matters in Western Canada. Small to mid-sized companies, large public sector clients, post-secondary institutions and professional associations facing unionized and non-unionized workforce challenges have relied on Field Law for more than a century. We also serve federal sector employers with operations primarily in Alberta, throughout the western provinces and parts of Ontario.

Field Law develops tailored solutions for virtually every organizational, policy and dispute issue that will impact your workforce, with a strong emphasis on the following:
 
•    Access to Information and Privacy
•    Collective Agreements
•    Employee Discipline and Termination
•    Employment Agreements and Recruitment
•    Executive Compensation
•    Human Resource Policies
•    Human Rights Claims
•    Grievance Arbitrations
•    Medical and Parental Leave
•    Non-Competition / Non-Solicitation Agreements
•    Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
•    Compensation and Overtime Issues
•    Workers’ Compensation Appeals
•    Wrongful Dismissal Litigation
•    Workplace Investigations 

We have extensive experience in assisting clients across numerous industries in a broad range of labour relations matters, including negotiating fair collective bargaining terms, interpreting existing collective agreements, forecasting and managing potential workforce challenges and navigating complex arbitration disputes. Our primary goal is to foster cohesive labour-management relationships that enable organizations to reach their goals unimpeded by avoidable conflict and risk.

In the contemporary work environment, employers must manage through sophisticated obstacles – economic downturns, harassment, management of sick leave and accommodation issues, medical marijuana in the workplace plus many more – and they turn to Field Law to develop proactive and cost-effective strategies that enable them to maintain an effective workforce while also minimizing risk. We create value for clients through seminars and training sessions featuring custom presentations on emerging trends and best practices, as well as annual reviews of critical legal developments.

Our clients often encounter legal and business challenges that extend beyond our core labour and employment practice. To ensure all their diverse needs are satisfied, we also provide the following focused services:

  • Business Immigration
    Our business immigration team provides the full range of immigration and visa services for companies with international operations or global mobility programs, as well as families and individuals. We develop cost-effective solutions for business visitors, work permits, permanent residence and citizenship in Canada.

  • Education
    Our education law practice group is one of the largest in Alberta with deep experience in resolving labour relations matters concerning academic and non-academic staff, including discipline, grievances, human rights, disability management, collective bargaining and interest arbitration. 

  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
    Field Law is one of the only firms in Western Canada that provides the complete range of OHS solutions to companies, executives and safety professionals in high-risk industries. Our services include due diligence program development, 24-hour emergency response, OHS compliance and regulatory action defence. 

  • Pensions and Benefits
    Our entire legal team – employment, trusts, tax, contracts, human rights, plus many more – collaborates with a vast network of non-legal financial and actuarial professionals to develop effective pensions and benefits plans and resolve related disputes.

  • Police Law
    We advise major municipal and regional police services and police oversight bodies on new developments in police law and law-enforcement policy. We also represent them in disputes before all levels of Court, as well as LERB panels, labour arbitration boards and human rights tribunals. 

  • Privacy
    Our privacy law practice group provides a broad range of services to protect clients’ interests and strengthen customer relationships. Our services include privacy regulatory compliance in both the public and private sectors, developing employee and customer information management policies, auditing or assisting with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) compliance, resolving disputes before courts and administrative agencies and conducting client training seminars on privacy trends and best practices.

  • Professional Regulatory
    We advise numerous professional regulatory colleges and organizations on a wide range of matters, including governance, legislative reform, registration, continuing competence, discipline, unauthorized practice, privacy, litigation and best practices training.

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Edmonton Police Association v Edmonton (City), 2017 ABCA 355
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2017 ABCA 95
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Calgary Islamic School and The Alberta Teachers' Association, [2008] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-8, Alberta Labour Relations Board
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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-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
Dynamex Canada Inc. and Miscellaneous Employees, Teamsters Local Union 987, [1998] Alta. L.R.B.R. LD-5, 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
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Dant Industries Limited, [1988] OLRB Rep. November 1149, Ontario Labour Relations Board
December 2017
R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?
Workwise Newsletter
December 2017
Employment Standards Code Changes are Effective January 1: Are You Ready?
Workwise Newsletter
November 2017
Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act
October 2017
Failure to Investigate Not Fatal to Just Cause Termination
Workwise
October 2017
Times They Are A Changin': Drastic Changes to Alberta's Work Laws Are Upon Us
Seminars
The provincial government's new Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act has introduced profound changes to Alberta's Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Some changes are already in effect, and some come into effect on January 1...
October 2017
What Evidence is Required to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies in Safety Sensitive Workplaces?
September 2017
Without Prejudice: An Invisibility Cloak for a Mature World
Workwise Newsletter
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...
August 2017
Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct
Workwise
July 2017
How Key is the Employee? Identifying When an Employee is a Fiduciary
Workwise
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
June 2017
Certain Earnings During Notice Period Not Considered Mitigation
Workwise
June 2017
Case Update for Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation
May 2017
Province Announces New Partnership with Police to Investigate Serious Workplace Safety Incidents
Workwise
February 2017
Alberta Law Clarified on Scope of Good Faith in Contract and Incentive Pay Eligibility
February 2017
5 Tips to Avoid Constructive Dismissal Claims
Workwise
February 2017
Recent Changes in Canadian Immigration Law and Policy
Seminars
December 2016
The Time of Year for Holiday Cheer: A Few Things for Employers to Keep in Mind
November - December 2016
Family Status Accommodation Seminars
November 2016
CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties
November 2016
The Resignation Trap: Avoiding Unwanted Consequences When an Employee Resigns
September 2016
Alberta's Minimum Wage is on the Rise
August 2016
Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause
August 2016
Employer-Doctor Relationship: Obtaining and Responding to Medical Information
June 2016
New Essential Services Legislation Now In Force
June 2016
Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?
June 2016
From Conflict to Calm: Dealing with High-Conflict Behavior in the Workplace: Questions and Legal Issues about Workplace Conflict
June 2016
Crime and Punishment: Workplace responses when employees face criminal charges
May 2016
Sit Back and Relax - Is there a Duty to Mitigate after Termination of a Fixed-Term Contract?
May 2016
Medical Marijuana:  Workplace Implications for Drug Testing, Zero Tolerance and Accommodation
March 2016
Dependent Contractors Awarded 26 Months' Reasonable Notice
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
March 2016
Human Rights: 5 Top Cases from 2015
February 2016
Workplace Harassment: Best Practices for Employers
January 2016
Gender Identity and Gender Expression Are Now Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination Under The Alberta Human Rights Act
October 2015
Occupational Health & Safety
October 2015
Harassing Comments Are No Joke: Employer Ordered to Pay Employee $7,500
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
October 2015
Traps and Tools: School Administration and the Legalities of Bullying
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
September 2015
October 2015 Brings Key Upcoming Employer Obligations: Minimum Wage Increases and Federal Election Responsibilities
September 2015
Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Best Practices When Using the Program as a Temporary Solution
September 2015
Determining Reasonable Notice: Is Character of Employment a Less Important Factor?
July 2015
When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?
July 2015
Supreme Court of Canada to Determine if the Canada Labour Code Grants Non-Unionized Employees a "Right to the Job"
July 2015
Canada Labour Code Does not Grant Non-Unionized Employees a "Right to the Job"
July 2015
Porter Airlines Pays $150,000 for Alleged Violations of Canada's AntiSpam Legislation (CASL)
June 2015
Hard Hitting Damage Awards: The Reasons Behind the Climbing Numbers
May 2015
Alberta Legislation Curtailing the Right to Strike is Struck Down
May 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn
May 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn
May 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn
April 2015
"Full and final settlement of any and all claims" – not so, says the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal
March 2015
"Employed" in Name Only - An Employer’s Duty to Provide Work
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
March 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
February 2015
Essential Services and Essential Rights: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and the New Constitutional Right to Strike
January - February 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
January - February 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
January 2015
Court of Appeal of Alberta Upholds Employers Anton Piller Order
December 2014
Commercial Contracts Include an Implied Duty of Good Faith
December 2014
PIPA Update
November 2014
Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws Lawsuit Against Former Employer, the CBC
November 2014
Jian Ghomeshi’s Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees
November 2014
Terminating Fixed-Term Contracts on Your Terms
November 2014
Reinstatement Available as a Remedy Nearly Ten Years After Last Day Worked
November 2014
Labour, Employment and WCB
November 2014
The Prime Contractor in OHS Law
October 2014
Duty to Accommodate Obligations in relation to Medical Education
October 2014
Family Status and Employment - Developing Human Rights at the Workplace
October 2014
Managing Technology and Social Media Use at the Workplace – Upstream and Downstream Solutions
October 2014
Legal Perspectives on Safety Culture
August 2014
Clarifying the Legal Test for "Family Status" Discrimination: Federal Court of Appeal Rules Employers Discriminated by Failing to Accommodate Employees’ Childcare Needs
August 2014
Wal-Mart Could Not Thaw the "Statutory Freeze" by Closing its Store
July 2014
Double-Decker Damages: Employer Liability for Aggravated Damages Arising from Workplace Harassment
June 2014
DSM-5:  Recognizing and Accommodating New and Controversial Illnesses
June 2014
Workplace Harassment: Investigation, Discipline, Compensation
June 2014
OHS Update (Including New Administrative Penalties and Tickets)
May 2014
Contingent Workforce: Winning Hearts and Minds at Arm's Length
April 2014
Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable
March 2014
Reasonable Notice and the Older Worker
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
The Duty to Accommodate
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
Celebrating 45 Years of Excellence
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
February 2014
Injunction Granted: Public Service Salary Restraint Act "Guts the Bargaining Process"
February 2014
Headhunter Discriminates in Hiring; Employer Found Liable
January 2014
"You Compete Me" - Will the Courts Love Your Company’s Restrictive Covenants for Employees as Much as You Do?
2014
A look back at book V of the Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism
What progress has been made in the provision of provincial and municipal services in the federal capital?
In R. Clément and P. Foucher, eds., Fifty years of official bilingualism: Challenges, analyses and testimonies (Ottawa: Invenire, 2014) at 85 (with Mark Power and Perri Ravon)
2014
The French Language Services Act at 25 Years: Comments and Proposals [translation], 39 Revue du Nouvel-Ontario 11
with Mark Power and François Larocque
December 2013
Supreme Court Rejects "Double Dipping" Pension Benefits Argument By Employer
December 2013
Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Union’s Right to Freedom of Expression
2009 - 2013
Labour Law (LAW 555)
November 2013
Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act Unconstitutional
November 2013
A Lovely Review of Employment Contract Principles
November 2013
Festivus for the Rest Of Us?: Celebrating the Holidays in a Multicultural Workplace
August 2013
Employee Relief Causes Employer Grief: The ability to perform employment-related duties is an integral part of an employment contract
August 2013
Employee Relief Causes Employer Grief
July 2013
If The Whistle Sounds, Is a Penalty Coming? - Alberta's New Whistleblower Legislation
June 2013
Supreme Court Speaks On Random Alcohol Testing
June 2013
Family Status Accommodation
May 2013
A Catch to a Release
May 2013
Recent Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Decision Finds that Grievance Process Communications are Privileged
May 2013
Family Status Accommodation
March 2013
Legislative Update: A Primer on the Recent Changes to Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act
March 2013
Key Employment Law Issues to Ensure Compliance with a Foreign Workforce
March 2013
Overview of the Latest in OH&S Legislation and More
February 2013
Update on Family Status Accomodation: Federal Court Finds that Childcare Not a "Choice"
February 2013
A Win for Employers: Greater Obligations on Some Departing Employees
January 2013
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause
January 2012
A Potpourri of Access Orders: Practical Guidance in Responding to Access Requests
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
OHS Law 101: Due Diligence & Creating a Culture of Safety
December 2012
Alberta Court of Appeal Maintains Injunction Postponing Random Drug Testing
December 2012
Privacy Breaches Can Be a One-Two Punch for Employers: Arbitrator Awards Damages for Employee Credit Checks that Breached Privacy Legislation
December 2012
Labour Rights (panelist)
November 2012
Navigating the Two-Way Street of Workplace Accommodation
October/November 2012
Employment Litigation 2.0 - Evidence in the Age of Social Media
November 2012
OHS Law and Industrial Relations
October 2012
Supreme Court of Canada Decision Demonstrates the Importance of Workplace Computer Policies
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?
September 2012
Round Table Discussion: Definitions and Dilemmas: Current FOIP Concerns
Seminars
August 2012
Family Status Accomodation
August 2012
Protection of Vulnerable Workers in Alberta
July 2012
Alberta Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Privacy Breaches
June 2012
Click With Caution: What Employers Should Know Before Conducting Social Media Background Checks on Prospective Employees
May 2012
Understanding Bill C45
May 2012
Dealing with Difficult People: Surviving Bullying Bosses, Coping with Cranky Co-Workers, and Creating a Respectful Workplace
April 2012
Termination Practices
April 2012
Creating the Paper Trail: Investigating and Documenting Worker Disciplinary Processes
March 2012
Another Brick in the Wall: Arbitrator Upholds Discharge for Offensive Facebook Postings
March 2012
Safety without Borders? Let's Hope Not.
February 2012
Drawing Lines in the Virtual Sand: Tips You Can Use for Developing Effective Computer use Policies in the Workplace
February 2012
Bad Faith Damages in the Manner of Dismissal
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
February 2012
Legal Update Work Stoppages
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
January 2012
Intrusion Upon Seclusion: Ontario Recognizes Tort for Invasion of Privacy - Will Alberta Follow Suit?
November 2011
Family Status Accommodation
November 2011
Dealing with Bullying Bosses: How Management Can Control Them
October 2011
Alberta Court Declares PIPA Sections to be Unconstitutional in Picketing Matter
October 2011
What Every HR Professional Should Know About Alberta's OHS Legislation
August 2011
Managing Your Duty to Accommodate
June 2011
The BVH Syndrome: Bullying, Violence and Harassment
June 2011
Investigating Violence and Harassment Complaints
May 2011
Appeal Court Opines on Expectation of Privacy in the Workplace
April 2011
The Alberta Court of Appeal Narrows the Definition of "Employer" Under the Alberta Human Rights Act
April 2011
Legal Issues for School Administrators - Bullying
April 2011
Selected Topics in Employment Law
April 2011
HR 101
April 2011
OHS Panel Discussion - Alberta Prime Time (Access TV)
April 2011
Proactive Employment Strategies
April 2011
Road Rage and Fist Fights: Emerging Issues in Occupational Health & Safety
March 2011
Proactive Employment Strategies
March 2011
Occupational Health & Safety Law
February 2011
Aggravated Damages in Employment Law
February 2011
2010 Year in Review
February 2011
2010 Year in Review
February 2011
2010 Year in Review
February 2011
What Everyone Needs to Know About OHS Law
Winter 2011
The Ties That Bind: An Employer’s Guide to Accommodating Family Obligations in the Workplace
Winter 2010
Limits on Damage Awards: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In
November 2010
Family Status Accommodation: Attaining Work Life Balance?
June 2010
Employee Criminal Record Checks
June 2010
Facebook: What Employers Need to Know About Workplace Privacy, Discipline & Dismissal
June 2010
You Raise the Issue - Human Rights vs. Human Safety
June 2010
Accommodating Work-Life Balance
June 2010
Alberta Introduces Mandatory Privacy Breach Notification
June 2010
Terminations in a Unionized Setting
June 2010
New Evidentiary Issues in Cases Involving Computers, Social Media and the Internet
May 2010
Impact of Union Representation Clauses in Alberta
May 2010
Violence in the Workplace
April 2010
Alberta Government Reconsiders OHS Enforcement after Auditor General’s Critique
Spring 2010
New - Changes to PIPA
April 2010
Dealing with the Workforce During the Economic Downturn
April 2010
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta
April 2010
Overview of HR Issues for School Principals
March 2010
Employment Contracts
February 2010
Workplace Violence:  A Chemical Explosion of Another Kind
February 2010
Privacy Law: Public Health - Health Information
Seminars
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
November 2009
Wal-Mart Wins This Round
Fall 2009
You Raise the Issue - Negotiating Employment Agreements
Fall 2009
Current Workplace Issues - Violence
October 2009
Multiple Births - An EI Claim for Each Parent?
October 2009
Dealing with the Workforce During the Economic Downturn
October 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty
October 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty
September 2009
Constructive Dismissal Claims: Has the Standard Changed in the New Economy?
August 2009
Duty To Accommodate: Balancing the Employee’s Privacy Against the Employer’s Need to Know
July 2009
Case Update: Rare Alberta OHS Acquittal
July 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting
June 2009
A Reason Not to Pay Overtime
Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
Current Workplace Issues - Video Surveillance
Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
Biometric Technology in the Workplace: Preventing "Buddy Punching"
Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
You Raise the Issue - Promotion Assessment
June 2009
Bill 52: Amendments to Alberta's Health Information Act
May 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
May 2009
Techniques to Minimize Liability During Terminations
May 2009
Re-Balancing Employers’ Rights - Workplace Strategies for 2009
Economic Downturn Special Edition
Considerations for Revising Employment Contracts As An Alternative to Terminations
Economic Downturn Special Edition
Notice Periods in a Recession
Economic Downturn Special Edition
Human Resources in Times of Economic Uncertainty
April 2009
Re-Balancing Employers’ Rights - Workplace Strategies for 2009
April 2009
Employee Leave Issues (Seminar on the Employment Standards Act in Alberta)
April 2009
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta
March 2009
Hiring Practices & Downsizing
February  2009
2007 Year in Review
February 2009
2008 Year in Review
January 2009
"Metropolitan City of Vancouver" Found to be Uncertain and Ambiguous - Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Non-Competition Agreement
2009
Privacy and the Duty to Accommodate: Balancing the Employee's Privacy Against the Employer's Need to Know
January 2009
Alberta Human Rights Panel Decisions
January 2009
Labour Law - Year in Review
January 2009
2008 Year in Review
January 2009
Violence Prevention in the Work Place: Canada's New Federal Regulations
2008
2008 Year in Review
November 2008
Labour and Employment Issues
Fall 2008
Honda Canada v. Keays at the SCC: Rethinking Compensation for the Manner of Dismissal
Fall 2008
Current Workplace Issues - Accommodating Family Status
October 2008
The Duty to Accommodate
October 2008
Minimize Your Risk Exposure to Wrongful Dismissal Suits in a Non-Unionized Environment
September 2008
New Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance
August 2008
The Duty to Accommodate Disabilities in the Workplace
Spring 2008
You Raise the Issue - Changing Employees Contracts
Spring 2008
The Supreme Court Limits Procedural Fairness in the Context of Public Employment
Spring 2008
Current Workplace Issues - Drug Testing - The Current State of the Law
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
New Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance
May 2008
Legal Issues Surrounding Employee Retention and Knowledge Protection
April 2008
Managing Risk and Discharging Safety Obligations
February 2008
"Cross-Canada Update: Increases in Damages and Penalties."  Proactive Risk Management in the Workplace: Harassment, Cyberventing, Violence, Fraud, High Risk Terminations, Class Actions
February 2008
Managing an Aging Workforce: Avoiding Charges of Age Discrimination with the End of Mandatory Retirement
February  2008
2007 Year in Review
February 2008
Cross-Canada Update: Increases in Damages and Penalties
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
February 2008
2007 Year in Review
January/February 2008
The Year in Review - Part One
Fall 2007
Current Workplace Issues - Fidler Sticks: Employee Awarded Damages for Loss of a "Psychological Benefit"
Fall 2007
Assigning Work to Disabled Employees Across Collective Bargaining Lines
Fall 2007
You Raise the Issue - Non-Competitive Agreements
September 2007
"Managing Labour Relations: Successfully Working with the Union."  Legal and Human Resource Guide to Employing Foreign Workers
September 2007
Managing Labour Relations: Successfully Working with the Union
July 2007
OHS - Prime Contractor Principles
Spring/Summer 2007
Overtime - Not What it Used to Be
Spring/Summer 2007
Current Workplace Issues - Inducing Employees
June 2007
Difficult Issues in Arbitration
June 2007
Update on the Duty to Accommodate for Workers with Disabilities
March 2007
Negotiating and Executing Settlement Agreement
February 2007
"Accommodation to the Point of Undue Hardship: Cases Where the Employer Met its Duty?"  Advanced Issues in Duty to Accommodate
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
February 2007
The Year in Review - Part 2
2007
Update on the Duty to Accommodate for Workers With Disabilities
November 2006
OHS Information and Training Seminar
Fall 2006
Dress Codes Uncovered
Fall 2006
Current Workplace Issues - Drug Testing Policies
Fall 2006
You Raise the Issue - Wrongful Dismissal Damages
September 2006
Managing Labour Relations: Successfully Working with the Union
August 2006
Accommodating Employees with Drug and Alcohol Problems
August 2006
Accommodating Employees with Drug and Alcohol Problems
June 2006
Violence in the Workplace and Working Along
May 2006
Pandemic: Planning for Legal Risk
Spring 2006
You Raise the Issue - Employee Insurance Information Disclosure
Spring 2006
Supreme Court of Canada Decision on "Whistleblowers"
Spring 2006
Current Workplace Issues - Drug Testing and Duty to Accommodate
February 2006
Undue Hardship - Where Are We Now?
November 2005
Mandatory Retirement
Fall 2005
You Raise the Issue - Employee Appearance and Reasonable Notice
Fall 2005
Blogging and the Workplace
Fall 2005
Current Workplace Issues - Court Awards Wrongfully Dismissed Employee
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
Violence in the Workplace
June 2005
The Modern Method of Collective Agreement Interpretation – Is it the Traditional Method in a New Dress?
Spring 2005
Amendments to the Criminal Code All Directors and Employers Should Know About
Spring 2005
The Alberta Governments Provincial Nominee Program - Employer Advantage
Spring 2005
You Raise the Issue - Resigning without Providing Advance Notice
Spring 2005
Current Workplace Issues - When Has an Employee Resigned?
Spring 2005
Update on Mugford v. Weber
March 2005
OHS - Right to Refuse Work
March 2005
Chair - Wrongful Dismissal Update (Edmonton)
February 2005
The Year in Review - Edmonton
February 2005
Chair - Wrongful Dismissal Update (Calgary)
2005
An Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal
2005
Police Experience with the Health Information Act:  The Edmonton Police Service's Submissions to the Select Special Health Information Act Review Committee
 The Edmonton Police Service's Submissions to the Select Special Health Information Act Review Committee
2005
Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal
2005
Update on Wrongful Dismissal
Fall 2004
Considerations for Employers with Company Vehicles
Fall 2004
Are Temporary Short-Term Medical Conditions Protected Under Alberta Human Rights Legislation
June 2004
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employees
May 2004
Employment Hot Issues
April 2004
Safety Policies and Procedures - Occupational Health and Safety Update
February 2004
New Privacy Legislation:  Workplace Implications – The Employer's Perspective
2004
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers
Winter 2004
Bill C-45 & Criminal Liability
Winter 2004
The New Occupational Health and Safety Code - Bill C-45
Winter 2004
You Raise the Issue - Occupational Health and Safety Code
November 2003
Employee Relations
November 2003
Employee and Labour Relations
Fall 2003
Bill 44, The Personal Information Protection Act - Private Sector Privacy Legislation
Fall 2003
You Raise the Issue - Privacy Principles and Business Transactions
Fall 2003
Privacy In Employment
August 2003
When a Teacher Needs a Lawyer
May 2003
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
April 2003
What to Do in the Event of a Work Site Accident
April 2003
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Spring 2003
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Spring 2003
Marital and Family Status Discrimination: A New Definition
February 2003
Breakfast Grille
February 2003
Business at Breakfast - Breakfast Grille - Q&A Session
November 2002
Business at Breakfast - Occupational Health and Safety Update
November 2002
Occupational Health and Safety Update
November 2002
Occupational Health and Safety Update
October 2002
Presentation On Occupational Health & Safety
September 2002
Liability of Employers and Supervisors in the Event of a Worksite Accident - Edmonton, Alberta
Summer 2002
Who Owns an Idea? - Current Workplace Issues
Summer 2002
You Raise the Issue - Fixed Term Contracts
Summer 2002
Great Employee - Bad Manager
April 2002
Liability of Employers and Supervisors in the Event of a Worksite Accident
April 2002
Liability of Employers and Supervisors in the Event of a Worksite Accident - Red Deer, Alberta
Spring 2002
Avoiding the Loss of Employee Training Investments
Spring 2002
Restrictive Covenants
Spring 2002
You Raise the Issue - Termination Notice and Holding Positions for Maternity
Winter 2001
You Raise the Issue - Rules for Employees Working Alone
Winter 2001
Sexual Harassment Policy Can Save Employers Money
Winter 2001
Current Workplace Issues - Update on the Privacy of Information in the Workplace
December 2001
Dealing Effectively with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Other Employment Liabilities
June 2001
Dealing Effectively with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and other Employment Liabilities
Summer 2001
You Raise the Issue - Legal Restrictions When Hiring Employees
Summer 2001
Double Dipping: Court Allows Damages and Disability Benefits
Summer 2001v
Current Workplace Issues - Just Cause and the Dishonest Employee
Spring 2001
Current Workplace Issues - Career Transition Counseling
March 2001
You Raise the Issue - Wrongful Dismissal
Spring 2001
Monitoring Employee Internet and E-Mail Use
February 2001
Dealing with the Chronically Absent Employee:  Proactive Strategies
Winter 2000
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Winter 2000
Current Workplace Issues - Bullying
Winter 2000
You Raise the Issue - Insubordination and Overtime Pay with Termination
November 2000
Remedies in Wrongful Dismissal Litigation: Recent Developments
November 2000
Recent Developments in the Duty to Accommodate
November 2000
Remedies in Wrongful Dismissal Litigation: Recent Developments
November 2000
Remedies Under the Canada Labour Code for Unjust Dismissal
Fall 2000
Privacy of Information in the Workplace
Fall 2000
Current Workplace Issues - Provincial Employment Standards and Maternity Benefits
Fall 2000
You Raise the Issue - Constructive Dismissal
August 2000
Legal Issues Arising from Workplace Violence
June 2000
Violence in the Workplace:  An Employer's Duty to Protect its Workers
June 2000
Chair - Current Issues of Employment Law for  HR Professionals and Corporate Counsel
June 2000
Legal Issues Arising from Workplace Violence
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
May 2000
Recovery of Training Costs by Employers
Spring/Summer 2000
Workers Compensation Act - Prohibits Legal Proceddings Against Employers Covered by the Act
Spring/Summer 2000
You Raise the Issue - Minimum Wage and Employee Theft
May 2000
Drug and Alcohol Testing - The Latest Word
May 2000
The Departing Senior Executive
April 2000
Looking for a Message in a Bottle - Substance Abuse and Testing in the Workplace
March 2000
Avoiding Wallace Damages - The Case for Soft Departures
February 2000
Trends in Unionization
Winter 2000
You Raise the Issue - Short Term and Long Term Disability Differences and Disabled Employee During Termination Period
Winter 2000
Can Employers Immunize Themselves Against Human Rights Complaints?
Winter 2000
Current Workplace Issues - Hiring Personal Contacts
September 1999
Joint Operator Agreements - Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Issues
September 1999
Joint Operator Agreements - Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Issues
August 1999
Delay and Disclosure - Recent Developments in Human Rights Jurisprudence
Summer & Fall 1999
Employers Beware!  New Test for Vicarious Liability
Summer & Fall 1999
Current Workplace Issues - Sexual Discrimination
Summer/Fall 1999
You Raise the Issue - Job Abandonment
August 1999
Delay and Disclosure - Recent Developments in Human Rights Jurisprudence
April 1999
The Impact of Employment Statutes on Independent Contract Workers
Spring 1999
Current Workplace Issues - Wrongful Dismissal
Spring 1999
You Raise the Issue - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
April 1999
The Impact of Employment Statutes on Independent Contract Workers
February 1999
Business Tips and Traps
1999
Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor)
Winter 1998
Procedure and Remedies of the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission
Winter 1998
Current Workplace Issues - Obligations of Employees - Reasonableness and Good Faith
October 1998
Harassment and the Law
October 1998
Human Resources Issues for Small Business
June-September 1998
Impact of the Wallace decision
Summer 1998
You Raise the Issue - Reducing an Employees Resignation Term and Paying Bonuses to Resigning Employees
Summer 1998
Conducting a Harassment Investigation, the Do's and Don'ts
Summer 1998
Current Workplace Issues - Handling Employees with Performance Deficiencies
Spring 1998
Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Spring 1998
Current Workplace Issues - Near Cause Termination
Spring 1998
You Raise the Issue - Hiring U.S. Citizens and Firing Employees for Fraud
March 1998
Mediation and Arbitration in Labour Matters
Fall 1997
Communicating with Employees During a Union Organizing Campaign
Fall 1997
Current Workplace Issues - Evaluating the Manner of an Employee's Termination to Assess Reasonable Notice
Fall 1997
You Raise the Issue - Defending Against Age Discrimination and Non-Competition Agreements
Summer 1997
Harassment in the Workplace - Are Employers on the Hook?
Summer 1997
Current Workplace Issues - Out-of-Province Employment Standards Code
Summer 1997
You Raise the Issue - Wrongful Dismissal Lawsuits and Avoiding Lawsuits During Restructuring
Spring 1997
Drug Testing in the Workplace
Spring 1997
Current Workplace Issues - Changing Employment Terms and Conditions
Spring 1997
You Raise the Issue - Preventing Ex-Employees from Soliciting Business and Ownership of an Idea Built with Company Equipment
April 1997
Current Labour and Employment Issues Affecting the Hospital Sector
1997
Legal Researcher on "Counselor as Witnesses" by Allan E. Barsky
Winter 1996
Current Workplace Issues - Alternative Dispute Resolution
Winter 1996
You Raise the Issue - Long Term Disability and Job Reassignment and Compensation
December 1996
Current Labour and Employment Issues Affecting the Hospital Sector
Spring 1996
You Raise the Issue - Maximizing a Severance Package for RRSPs and Dismissing Employees for Misconduct Outside of Work
Spring 1996
Dismissing the Disabled Employee
Spring 1996
Current Workplace Issues - Harassment
Winter 1995
Navigating Notice Periods
Winter 1995
Current Workplace Issues - Special Care When Offering Resignations with Compensation
Winter 1995
You Raise the Issue - Dismissing Employees Without Contracts and Selling a Business with Unionized Employees
Fall 1995
Same Sex Spousal Benefits - Rights and Obligations
Fall 1995
Current Workplace Issues - Workplace Relationships
Fall 1995
You Raise the Issue - Terminating Probationary Workers and Overtime Pay on Salary
October 1995
Employment Contracts
Spring 1995
Significant Amendments to Alberta's Employment Standards Code
Spring 1995
Current Workplace Issues - The Importance of Terms and Conditions of Employment
Winter 1994
Discrimination in the Workplace; The Employer's Duty to Accommodate
Winter 1994
Your Raise the Issue - Calculating Severance Packages and Demotion vs. Wrongful Dismissal
July through November, 1994
Trends in Termination
Summer 1994
Demystifying Sexual Harassment
Summer 1994
You Raise the Issue - Rea's the Issue?
Summer 1994
Current Workplace Issues - Employee Termination
June 1994
Employment Contracts and the Changing Employment Relationship
March 1994
Regionalization and Amalgamation
February 1994
Proactive Labour Strategies
June 1993
Employment Contracts and Written Policies - An Ounce of Prevention
June 1993
Terminations in Turbulent Times - a guide to wrongful dismissal in the 90's
June 1993
The Art of Termination
January 1993
Sexual Harassment and Other Timely Issues for Educational Institutions
April 1991
What You Need To Know When the Recession Forces Staff Reductions
1989
Rate Classification Appeals Under the Workers' Compensation Act
October 2017
Times They Are A Changin’: Drastic Changes to Alberta’s Work Laws Are Upon Us
Field Law Seminar
The provincial government’s new Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act has introduced profound changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Some changes are already in effect, and some come into effect on Janua...