Employment & Labour Law

Employment & Labour Law 




Our Employment & Labour Group lawyers advise businesses and individuals throughout British Columbia on all employment and labour related matters. See the full description of our Services below.


We want to empower our clients with the knowledge to make the right decisions in their workplace. We do this by educating employees and employers on their rights and obligations and tirelessly working with them to achieve the outcome that meets their objectives.  


The modern workplace is ever-changing and presents novel challenges for both businesses and individuals. We can help not only to protect your interests but to give you the edge you need to come out on top.  




We see all the angles. Unlike other business advisors or law firms, our Group’s broad and diverse knowledge base covers the full spectrum of workplace law. Not only do we handle wrongful dismissal and human rights matters for employers and employees, we are the only Group east of the Fraser River that also practices in labour law, WorkSafeBC, occupational health and safety, EI & CPP, admin law, disability insurance, and shareholder disputes. There is no area of the workplace that we can’t help with. And we handle all cases, big and small.  


We are versatile. Just as our knowledge is broad, so is our skill-set. Our preference is to resolve disputes as early as possible through careful consultation, advice, planning. In this regard we are trusted advisors and skilled negotiators. However, when the other party is not willing to resolve matters fairly, we put on our robes and go to Court. We are seasoned litigators in all levels of Court and familiar with the rules and regulations specific to every federal and provincial workplace tribunals. If the tribunal decision isn’t favourable, we are experienced in judicial review too.  


We are experienced. Recent changes in the legal industry are creating many new employment lawyers. We have been doing this for a long time and have over 65 years of experience between our four team members.


We are local. We live in the communities that we serve. We care about those communities and take part in them every day through participation in local events, chambers of commerce, and pro bono activities. Living and working locally allows us to provide the quality of service of a downtown law firm but at affordable rates.


KSW Employment & Labour Group is here to empower our clients in the workplace.


Our Employment & Labour Group lawyers include Chris D. Drinovz, Michael Weiler, Melanie Booth and Jesse Dunning.





  • Recruiting & Hiring Advice
  • Drafting Employment Contracts
  • Policy Manual Development
  • Compensation Plans & Benefits
  • Performance Management
  • Termination of Employment: Dismissal Planning, Reasonable Notice & Just Cause Advice
  • Wrongful Dismissal Litigation
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Navigating the Employment Standards Act
  • Protecting Confidential Information
  • Drafting & Enforcing Non-Compete/Solicit Agreements
  • Departing Employee Issues & Injunctions
  • Shareholder/Employee Disputes including Oppression Remedies



  • Wrongful Dismissal & Termination
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Severance Package Review & Negotiation
  • Employment Offer Review & Negotiation
  • Employment Standards Claims: Overtime, Wages, Vacation Pay
  • Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation: Advice on Enforceability
  • Exit Strategies
  • Employment Insurance Appeals
  • Canada Pension Plan Appeals (CPP Disability)






  • Advice on Avoiding Human Rights Claims
  • Duty to Accommodate Advice
  • Managing the Absent Employee
  • Succession Planning for Older Employees
  • Mediation of Human Rights Complaints
  • Representation BC Human Rights Tribunal Hearings



  • Workplace Bullying & Harassment Complaints
  • Sexual Harassment Complaints
  • Workplace Discrimination & Gender Discrimination
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal Claims




  • Occupational Health & Safety Compliance Advice
  • Appeal of Penalty Orders & Fines
  • Protest & Appeal of Unfounded Claims by Employees
  • Drafting Compliant WorkSafeBC Bullying & Harassment Policy



  • Review and Appeal of WorkSafeBC Decisions
  • Judicial Review of Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal Decisions
  • Claim Management Assistance
  • Discriminatory Action Complaints




  • Strategies to Avoid Union Organizing
  • Defeating Union Organizing Drives & Applications for Certification
  • Defending Charges of Unfair Labour Practices
  • Applying for Relief from Picketing & Strikes
  • Acting as Spokesperson in Collective Bargaining
  • Advice on Collective Agreement
  • Representation at Labour Relations Board and Related Court Applications



  • Advice Regarding Unfair Representation Complaints
  • Section 12 Complaints to Labour Relations Board
  • WorkSafeBC Claims for Union Employees
  • Human Rights Claims for Union Employees
  • Claims Review Committee Appeals of Disability Insurance Decisions for Union Employees
  • Collective Agreement Opinions
Best Employment lawyers in Surrey


“I was directed to Christopher D. Drinovz to assist with wrongful termination and severance negotiation. Chris went out of his way to ensure I understood applicable laws and process and helped me to negotiate a much better settlement than I was originally offered. Chris is highly recommended and is now my go-to lawyer for all employment related needs. Chris was even kind enough to review a new offer from another employer and ensure I didn’t end up in a similar situation I had with my last employer. Being proactive is the name of the game and understanding employment law can be a huge challenge. If you have questions or concerns regarding your employment situation look no further than Chris and KSW!

Aly Abji

“All of my questions and concerns were clearly and professionally addressed. Your expertise in cases such as mine was well worth the investment. You have been prompt in your research, accurate in evaluating situations and sympathetic to the stresses involved. I am completely satisfied in the results and will not hesitate to contact you, should I require your services again.”

Heinz Wieduwilt

      News and Knowledge


Layoffs and Severance Pay

On June 25, 2020, the BC government decided to further extend the temporary layoffs provision in the Employment Standards Act to a maximum of 24 weeks, expiring on August 30, 2020: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020LBR0018-001174. Extending the temporary layoff...


In March 2020 most businesses in BC ground to a halt with many laying off most, if not all, of their employees or dramatically reducing hours of work or wages. In many cases employers were able to carry on some portion of their businesses by having employees work from...

Navigating Your Business in the Road to Recovery

Download as PDF   Chris Drinovz, head of the Employment & Labour Group at KSW Lawyers, had the pleasure of co-hosing an informative webinar for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce on May 26, 2020. We think there is important information that should be shared...

Further Questions about CEWS, CERB, COVID-19 and the Workplace answered

On May 5, 2020, we had the pleasure of hosting a webinar for the New Car Dealers Association of BC and its members, with CEO Blair Qualey. We heard from car dealerships from across the province and answered their questions about CEWS, CERB and more. We thought the...

Let’s Talk: Questions about COVID-19, the Workplace & Your Business Webinar

Kane Shannon Weiler LLP is here to support you during these uncertain and challenging times. Our Employment & Labour Group and our Tax Group hosted a Let’s Talk webinar answering all of your questions surrounding COVID-19 and your workplace. We want to help you,...

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Is Now Law! What’s New & Employment Law Considerations

CEWS - What's New and Employment Law Considerations - KSW Article - Download PDF   On March 27th 2020 the Prime Minister announced a wage subsidy of 75% for qualifying businesses.  This program is the most important and fundamental initiative in the Federal...

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – What We Know and What We Don’t

April 19, 2020 Update - Our Group hosted a Q&A webinar to answer some of your questions! Review the Webinar recordings and Q&A in our blog post Let’s Talk: Questions about Covid-19, The Workplace and Your Business April 14, 2020 Update: For further details,...

Labour Relations Code Changes – Unfair Labour Practices, Employer Free Speech and Remedial Certification

Mike Weiler wrote this article for the Spring Issue (April - June 2020) of the Signals Magazine, publication for members and friends of the New Car Dealers Association of BC - read the issue here. LABOUR RELATIONS CODE CHANGES—WHY ARE B C FED OFFICIALS SMILING? When...

WorkSafeBC Updates: Staying Safe at Work, Working from Home, Other Updates

Update: March 24, 2020 Staying Safe at Work WorkSafeBC has provided updated guidelines for “staying safe at work” during the COVID-19 outbreak. These social distancing guidelines include: Evaluate your work tasks and workspace Can you reduce/suspend non-essential...

New COVID-19 Leave and Provincial Action Plan

Update: March 24, 2020 New COVID-19 Leave   On March 23, 2020, the BC government passed amendments to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) to support workers during the pandemic crisis by creating a COVID-19-related leave. The new provisions permit an employee to...

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“My partner and I run an independent insurance adjusting company. Chris created our employee contract, which he crafted for our very specific needs. Chris was committed to ensuring we had the most customized document, catering to both our company and our employees. He was dedicated, personable, flexible and timely. His knowledge and service was extremely professional. We highly recommend Chris Drinovz and his team’s services to anyone.”

David Clenahan CIP


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