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COVID-19

Since the summer of 2021 when the vaccine mandates came out, I have assisted hundreds of union and non-union employees who faced discrimination, unpaid suspension, and termination of employment. Although the common law as it currently stands is in the employee’s favor, many employers have refused to negotiate or be flexible. To-date, there have been several union arbitration cases that have mostly sided in favor of the mandates. There have been no Court cases however, relating to non-union employees regarding the mandates. In some sense, therefore, we are all waiting for guidance from the Courts. In the meantime, we make our best argument.

I am a member of several online groups including a group of lawyers across the country from many different practice areas. My expanded network of legal colleagues has helped broaden my legal knowledge into other areas of the law relevant to COVID-19, including Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law. This has helped me develop broader arguments regarding the many issues surrounding COVID-19 and employment.

As each employee’s case is highly specific to their situation, please contact me as soon as your employer imposes a COVID-19 requirement on you.

Interview with The Canadian Rights Watch

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Core Beliefs

I strive each day to live and work by one principle - treat others as I would want to be treated. In my practice, that translates into 4 key values:

I do what I say I will do and I am honest and transparent at all times with clients, staff, opposing counsel, the court and anyone else. I provide my clients with an honest assessment of their case. If I make a commitment to a client, I keep it. Integrity also means that my clients know before they retain me what my fee structure is. If a client appears unsure of whether or not to retain me or what to do, I tell them to go home and think about it first.

Integrity

Employees having difficulty at the workplace are often in considerable emotional distress when they arrive at my office. Employers can be as well. Employment issues involve human interactions, which necessarily involve emotions that sometimes need healing. I enjoy helping my employee clients think and feel differently about their situations. I also enjoy helping employers understand that their employees need to be treated with respect, dignity, kindness and fairness, no matter what is going on.

Compassion

I have an organized and logical mind that works like a trip hammer, especially in court. I can very quickly sort out the relevant facts and issues in order to resolve my client's cases efficiently. Excellence also means to approach matters with a large measure of practicality, always thinking about what is best for my client and their family and/or business. Finally, excellence also means behaving with civility. I have learned to be hard on the issues and soft on the people - a winning combination.

Excellence

I have also been blessed with discernment and intuition that allows me to often "know" what is really going on with my clients. Equally, my own life journey has led me through difficulties in personal relationships so I understand how upsetting a broken employment relationship is. My own struggles married with discernment and intuition allows me to treat my client holistically, not just legally. This is the thing that sets me apart from most other lawyers, so say my clients.

Wisdom