In Focus: Stikeman Elliott’s Western Canadian Employment & Labour Group shares insights on evolving legislation

July 25, 2019
Recent and proposed changes to employment and labour laws in Alberta and British Columbia have highlighted stark differences in approaches by each province’s government. The changes are critical for employers operating in each jurisdiction, and our leading employment and labour lawyers have been busy sharing their insight on the evolving legal issues of the day.

Based in Calgary, our Western Canada Employment & Labour Group offers responsive and practical advice to employers in both Alberta and British Columbia. The dual nature of our practice is a key differentiator for clients operating in both provinces and puts our Group in a unique position to offer guidance on these substantive changes. In addition to several Stikeman Elliott blogs posts on recent legislative changes, including “Bill 30: British Columbia Proposes Labour Friendly Changes to the Labour Relations Code”, “British Columbia Proposes Significant Changes to Employment Standards Act” and “United Conservative Party Tables Modest Business-Friendly Amendments to Alberta’s Labour and Employment Legislation”, our Employment & Labour Group has been called upon by numerous industry publications to share its expertise:

• In the Canadian Lawyer article “B.C. and Alberta take starkly different approach to labour reforms”, Group lead Gary Clarke discusses takeaways for employers when communicating with unions in this new environment.

• Published articles in The Lawyer’s Daily, “B.C. implements employee-friendly changes to Employment Standards Act and “B.C. implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code, highlight the labour and employee-friendly changes being made in British Columbia.

These articles were originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.

• As well, the Canadian HR Reporter article “B.C. brings in first wave of new standards quotes Gary on the new standards related to unpaid leaves and labour relations in British Columbia.

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Our Western Canadian team continues to grow, most recently with the addition of experienced employment and labour lawyer Sheena Owens. Sheena is an extremely respected lawyer, whose practice focuses on employer-side legal issues, including acting for employers in the energy, construction, financial services and professional services sectors. Sheena is currently completing her Occupational Health and Safety Diploma at the University of Calgary so she can better assist her clients with OHS issues.

The Employment & Labour Group at Stikeman Elliott brings a business-focused approach to the advice we provide employers on all facets of the individual and collective employment relationship, both at the provincial and federal level. Learn more about the Group here, or visit our Knowledge Hub for more employment and labour content.