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Clients describe Rob as "responsive and practical," adding that "he's our go-to person for labour and employment issues." He has a broad management-side practice that covers both contentious and non-contentious issues. 

- Chambers Canada, 2018 Guide

Rob is the head of the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group at Lawson Lundell. His practice focuses on management-side labour and employment law. He advises on labour and employment aspects of commercial transactions and day-to-day labour and employment issues. His work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, employment standards (including director and officer liability issues), collective bargaining and workers compensation.

Rob has appeared in front of labour relations boards, employment standards tribunals, human rights tribunals as well as before the British Columbia Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal. 

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Employment Law Subsection, Member and past Chair (2004-05)
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Labour Law Subsection, Member
  • Human Resource Management Association, Member
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), Member

Community Activities

  • Men's League Director and Coordinator, Tennis BC
  • Past President, New Westminster Tennis Club

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation star for Labour and Employment in British Columbia
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Labour and Employment law
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Employment & Labour (British Columbia) and Employment & Labour (Nationwide - Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
    • consistently recommended as a leading Practitioner for Employment law (Employer) 
    • repeatedly recommended as a leading Practitioner for Workplace Human Rights law (Employer)
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Employment & Labour (Canada) category
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the editorial for Labour and Employment
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Who's Who Legal Canada: recognized for Labour & Employment law

Experience

Experience

  • Defending wrongful dismissal and other employment related actions 
  • Providing advice on negotiating and litigating restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements
  • Providing advice on significant downsizings, plant closures, and reorganizations
  • Negotiations of employment contracts, stock option plans, and change of control agreements with senior executives
  • Providing advice to Boards on compensation and director liability issues
  • Conducting investigations of harassment and defending employers in respect of harassment claims
  • Acting as chief spokesperson for the employer on both first collective agreements and renewals
  • Successfully negotiating collective agreements for a wide variety of employers in both British Columbia and Alberta, including employers in the forestry, construction, transportation, service, financial and food industries
  • Providing advice on share and asset deals in the forestry, mining, manufacturing, financial and service industries

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Employment Law Update", 2017 Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 31, 2017, Co-speaker
  • "Cause and Effect: Proof and Perils of a Just Cause Allegation", HR Conference + Tradeshow 2017, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon, May 2-3, 2017, Moderator
  • "Mental Health ‐ Innovative Accommodations For New and Evolving Disabilities", 13th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference, September 2016, Presenter on Human Rights Panel
  • "What's New in Employment Law", 2016 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 16, 2016, Speaker
  • "Environmental Sensitivity and Duty to Accommodate" - OH&S Human Rights Panel, CACE Conference 2015: Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 10, 2015, Panel Member
  • "Employment Law Update", 2015 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 28, 2015, Speaker
  • "Latest in Duty to Accommodate", Legal Symposium, BC Human Rights Management Association, May 29, 2014, Speaker
  • "Cross Canada Human Rights Update", 10th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference, Banff, AB, October 3 - 5, 2013
  • "The Rundown on Employment Law", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 6, 2013, Speaker
  • "Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace: Reducing stress and addressing mental illness", Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Lancaster House, Vancouver, BC, April 17-18, 2013, Speaker
  • "Employment Law Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker
  • "Tackling Tough Duty to Accommodate Issues", April 26-27, 2012, Speaker
  • "Employment", February 16, 2012, Course Presenter
  • "Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 14, 2011, Speaker
  • "Background Checks in the Age of Facebook", BC Human Resources Association Conference, April 14-15, 2011, Speaker
  • "Written Employment Agreements - Getting It Right", Legal Symposium, BC Human Resources Association, February 10, 2011, Speaker
  • "Written Employment Agreements - Getting It Right", Legal Symposium, BC Human Resources Association, January 27, 2011, Speaker
  • "Employment Law", Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, September 23, 2010, Course Presenter
  • "Benefits, Pension and Tax Issues Arising from Employment Related Settlements", Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Employment Subsection, September 20, 2010, Speaker
  • "Hiring", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 2, 2010, Speaker
  • “Downsizing in a Downturn: Points to Consider when Reducing your Workforce”, Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times Seminar, May 20, 2009, Speaker
  • "Layoff, Bumping and Recall: Canvassing Options in Tough Economic Times", Lancaster House, March 5, 2009, Speaker
  • "Labour Relations Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, October 30, 2008, Speaker
  • "Employment Law Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 21, 2007, Speaker
  • "Pre-Employment Screening and the Hiring Process", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 21, 2006, Speaker
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Assistant Contact

  • Maria Cruz
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 604.408.5339

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1991)
  • Alberta (1999)
  • Yukon (2010)

Education

Dickinson College; Victoria College, University of Toronto (B.A., 1987)

University of Toronto (LL.B., 1990)

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