Employment Law & Workers’ Compensation Representation

OUR GROUP

Our Employment Law & Labour Group lawyers advise 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 individuals. We can help not only to protect your interests but to give you the edge you need to come out on top.

WHY CHOOSE KSW LAWYERS?

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 DrinovzMichael WeilerMelanie BoothJesse DunningJunki Hong and Alejandra (Ale) Henao.

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OUR SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Advice for Employees

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

Our Employment and Labour Group provides advice and representation to employees in termination cases.

In BC and Canada, employers may terminate an employee’s employment for cause or without cause. In the few cases of termination with cause, the employer may proceed without notice and severance package. More commonly, where a termination is without cause, the dismissed employee is entitled to notice or payment in lieu of notice.

A wrongful dismissal occurs when an individual is terminated in the absence of just cause without being provided with adequate notice of termination or in a manner that violates the conditions outlined in an employee contract. Given the complicated nature of some contracts, wrongful dismissal can be an especially difficult legal area to navigate.

Our Group is committed to taking a thorough approach when it comes to advising employees regarding a wrongful dismissal case. We take the time to understand your situation and to answer any questions you may have. We aim to find a resolution that offers the best possible outcome with the least amount of stress and at a reasonable cost.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination

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

The BC Human Rights Code governs the rights and obligations regarding discrimination in the workplace.

Our team of human rights lawyers has extensive experience representing employees in human rights, harassment, and discrimination cases across a range of industries. We recognize the difficult nature of these areas and endeavour to make the process as stress-free and uncomplicated as possible by helping employees through the process of understanding human rights complaints and deciding whether to proceed to the Human Rights Tribunal.

WORKERS COMPENSATION / WORKSAFEBC

Workers’ Compensation Advice for Employees

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

When an employee gets injured at their workplace, both the employer and employee have an obligation to report the incident to WorkSafeBC. If the employee submits a claim for compensation, WorkSafeBC begins the process of assessing the claim to determine if, and how, they will be compensated. The employer may object to the claim. If either the employer or the worker disagrees with WorkSafeBC’s decision, the decision may be appealed to the Review Division, and then the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

At KSW Lawyers, our WCB Team composed of lawyers and a designated paralegal have extensive experience handling all types of WorkSafeBC cases. Appealing a decision is a time-sensitive and complicated process and requires an intimate familiarity with the rules, policies, and assessment programs. We have won reviews, appeals and judicial reviews for our clients throughout the last 10 years.

LABOUR LAW

Labour Law Advice for Individuals within Unions

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Advice Regarding Unfair Representation Complaints
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Section 12 Complaints to Labour Relations Board
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WorkSafeBC Claims for Union Employees
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Human Rights Claims for Union Employees
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Claims Review Committee Appeals of Disability Insurance Decisions for Union Employees
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Collective Agreement Opinions
KSW Lawyers - Serving the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland
OUR EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR GROUP LAWYERS
Chris Drinovz

Chris Drinovz

Michael J. Weiler

Michael J. Weiler

Melanie D. Booth

Melanie D. Booth

Jesse Dunning

Jesse Dunning

Junki Hong

Junki Hong

Alejandra (Ale) Henao

Alejandra (Ale) Henao

“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

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Covid-19 Resources for Employers in BC

Our Employment Lawyers provide resources for Employers regarding Covid-19 and the Workplace. | KSW Lawyers

HR Done Right! Tips from an Employment Lawyer

Our Employment & Labour Lawyers provide tips and answer top HR questions regarding management and legal compliance at the workplace received from Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals.

Travel Company “Frustrated” by Court’s Decision Allowing Wrongful Dismissal Claim Despite Business Being Devastated by the Pandemic

Our Employment Lawyers summarize key points from a decision where the BC Supreme Court found a business development director for a travel company was entitled to damages reflecting a 5 month notice period without deduction after 18 months of employment (Verigen v. Ensemble Travel Ltd, 2021 BCSC 1934). | KSW Lawyers

BC Restaurant Liable for $30,000 in Damages for Firing Server After Asking to be Addressed by Their Correct Pronoun

Our Employment Lawyers summarize recent decision from the BC Human Rights Tribunal shows that the implications of willfully ignoring an employee’s pronouns or gender identity can be costly for an employer (Nelson v. Goodberry Restaurant Group Ltd. dba Buono Osteria and others, 2021 BCHRT 137). | KSW Lawyers

Employer Scores Rare Win in Wrongful Dismissal Case – 7-0

Our Employment Lawyers summarize recent wrongful dismissal decision that was almost 100% in favour of the employer on key issues (Leanne LeClair v Shoppers Drug Mart, 2021 BCSC 1904) | KSW Lawyers

B.C.’s Proof of Vaccination Requirement

Our Employment Lawyers summarize the BC Government Orders requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination. | KSW Lawyers

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DISCLAIMER

“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

CEO, CLENLAW INVESTIGATION & ADJUSTING INC

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