Employment Law

SHK partners with both employers and employees to provide straightforward legal solutions to challenging workplace issues. When problems emerge, you can rely on our employment lawyers for expert counsel, as well as advocacy and litigation on a wide range of labour and employment law issues.

Our Employment Lawyers

Our employment lawyers advise and represent employers in all sectors, as well as executives, managers, contractors and other employees across the province. Our employment lawyers have represented clients before all levels of courts, mediators, labour relations boards, grievance arbitrators and human rights and employment tribunals.

SHK’s employment lawyers can provide you with guidance, advice and representation on the full range of labour and employment law issues, including:

  • Employment contracts and agreements
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Employment Standards compliance and claims defence
  • Discrimination and harassment investigations and claims
  • Wrongful dismissal claims
  • Constructive dismissal claims
  • Human rights complaints
  • Severance advice
  • Post-employment competition disputes involving fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants and confidentiality
  • Structuring and defending ‘independent contractor’ relationships

Wrongful Dismissal

Unless an employer can prove that it has just cause to terminate an employee, an employer is obligated to provide an employee with reasonable notice of termination. The BC Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum amount of notice that an employer is required to provide to a departing employee. However, in most circumstances, employees will be entitled to more notice under the common law than the statutory minimum set out in the Employment Standards Act. If an employer is unable to establish just cause, that employer will be found liable for wrongful dismissal if the employee was not provided with reasonable notice of the termination.

Wrongful dismissal cases are usually complex and should be assessed by an employment lawyer experienced with these claims. One of our main goals with a wrongful dismissal claim is to reduce the need to litigate – saving you both time and money – and ensure that a fair settlement is reached.

Please contact one of SHK’s employment lawyers to discuss your situation confidentially.

Related Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch – Employment Section
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Vancouver Bar Association