Employment Law Workshop

  • December 04, 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • 2nd Floor Evergreen Conference Room - 900 Howe St, Vancouver


  • plus GST
  • plus GST

Advance registration and payment is required. Cancellation: 72-hour notice


Back by popular demand, the BC CCA’s annual employment workshop with Vancouver law firm Bull Housser always receives rave reviews.

In today’s workplace, employers face new challenges in dealing with human resources issues. It can be difficult to stay on top of the potential impact these issues may have on your organization. This blue-ribbon panel will present not only current law and best practices, but also ideas on how minimize your risk exposure.

Free! Members who register for this workshop are welcome to invite their company’s senior HR person as a BC CCA guest. Just email the office after you register and provide the person’s name and job title.

We have been able to arrange for limited additional seating at this workshop. Register now to ensure that you reserve one of the last spaces available.

Hiring - issues

  • The importance of a contract
  • Key terms to minimize risk for employers
  • Common pitfalls

Firing - issues

  • Firing someone for off duty conduct
  • Steps an employer should take both before and after the employment relationship breaks down
  • Where can employees start an action? How to assess where your risks are.
  • Union and non-union situations

Bullying and harassment - update

  • Last November WorkSafeBC implemented new guidelines and rules relating to bullying and harassment. What has happened since then?

Call recording - privacy regulation

  • What are you rights and obligations when recording calls?
  • Are there special rules when recording financial or health information?

Ryan Berger is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution + Litigation Group and an experienced advocate in court and numerous administrative tribunals. Ryan advises employers in a wide range of employment and dismissal cases, as well as harassment and human rights complaints. Ryan assists businesses with enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information.
Ryan is the firm’s Privacy Officer and Chair of the Privacy Committee. He is co-chair of the CBA Information and Privacy BC Section. Ryan helps public and private sector organizations with their information and privacy management and compliance. This includes data management, communications, cloud computing and procedures, systems and security, information sharing, and access issues. Ryan assists various organizations in responding to inquiries by the federal and British Columbia privacy commissioners. Ryan is an adjunct professor at the UBC Law School.
He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law.

Andrew Schafer advises clients on a variety of labour and employment matters, including labour relations, human rights, workers' compensation, wrongful dismissals, unjust dismissals, employment standards, and business immigration. Andrew also prepares various labour and employment agreements such as employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, return to work agreements, and workplace policies. Andrew also assists with various corporate transactions by advising both purchasers and vendors on labour and employment due diligence matters.
Andrew also advises clients on a variety of pension matters including plan creation, interpretation, administration, and regulatory compliance. Andrew also assists with various corporate transactions by advising both purchasers and vendors on pension due diligence matters.

Marino Sveinson is a partner at Bull Housser in the Labour + Employment Group. He has practiced exclusively in the area of workplace law throughout his career.
Prior to joining Bull Housser in 2013 Marino was a partner at a prominent employment and labour boutique firm. Marino continues to provide strategic result-oriented advice and representation with respect to labour and employment law in unionized and non-union environments in both the provincial and federal sectors. Marino represents employers with respect to human rights matters, wrongful dismissal matters, labour relations issues, collective agreement grievances, employment contract drafting and interpretation, privacy obligations, workers compensation, corporate restructuring and acquisitions and disputes over obligations of departing employees. He also acts as an independent investigator for bullying and harassment complaints and provides training services. Marino has represented clients at all levels of the courts in B.C. federal court, collective agreement arbitrations, and human rights tribunals.

TARYN MACKIE As a Partner in the firm's Labour + Employment Group, Taryn advises clients on a variety of issues relating to labour relations, human rights, workers' compensation, wrongful dismissals, unjust dismissals, and employment standards. Taryn has experience preparing employment agreements and workplace policies, including privacy policies, Internet policies, social networking policies, harassment policies, human rights policies, and attendance policies. Taryn has appeared before the Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards Branch, Human Rights Tribunal, British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal on a variety of matters.

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