Areas of Practice
Employment & Labour
- Collective Agreements
- Employment Standards
- Human Rights
- Workers Compensation
Clients come first in Owen Bird’s approach to employment and labour law. We advise and represent clients on all aspects of employment and labour law, as well as the provincial Human Rights Code and the federal Human Rights Act.
Both employers and employees call upon Owen Bird’s employment law lawyers to provide them with a comprehensive range of services, including drafting and interpreting employment contracts, providing guidance on pension matters, and advising on employee discipline issues and workplace health and safety. Our client-centered approach to employment law combines legal expertise with a clear understanding of the human element in these relationships.
Management clients ranging from regional companies to multinational corporations with interests in health, transportation, forestry, manufacturing, construction, and trucking, as well as the service industry and government contractors, retain the services of Owen Bird’s labour law lawyers. We bring significant experience and deep insight when representing clients in hearings before provincial and federal labour boards and during collective agreement negotiations and arbitrations.
We have appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia on wrongful dismissal claims, breach of contract disputes, and various complaints and proceedings before administrative tribunals. We have conducted complex, multiparty mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution and are always able to advise clients on strategies to keep disputes out of the courtroom.