Nicole Byres, QC

Partner | Vancouver

604.643.1264

Portrait of Nicole Byres

Nicole Byres has decades of experience as a labour and employment lawyer, advising employers both as external and in-house counsel. Thanks to her business and industrial experience, commitment to client service, and creative problem-solving style, Nicole is a trusted advisor to her clients in a broad range of sectors including forest products, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and retail.

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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CBC interviews Nicole Byres, QC on Kinder Morgan injunction

Nicole Byres, Partner and Co-Chair of Miller Thomson’s Labour & Employment group, appeared on CBC News British Columbia to discuss Kinder Morgan’s injunction application against protesters who have blocked survey work on Burnaby Mountain.   The interview focused on what was and was not...

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Miller Thomson lawyers in HRM online

Lawyers in Miller Thomson’s Labour and Employment Group are quoted in articles on HRM Online, a website focused on human resources news and analysis. Gita Anand, National Practice Chair of the Labour and Employment Group, is featured in an article...

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Strong Women. Strong Canada.

Miller Thomson is proud to acknowledge the key role women play in our firm’s continued success. It has been an exciting year of exemplary achievements by our lawyers and staff. Browse the list below of lawyers who have received industry-leading...

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Nicole Byres appointed Queen’s Counsel

Congratulations to Nicole Byres, Partner in our Vancouver office, who was appointed “one of Her Majesty’s counsel learned in the law” (Queen’s Counsel).  The QC designation is an honour conferred annually on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional...

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Nicole Byres appointed Vice-Chair of Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Council

Nicole Byres has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Council of the Vancouver Board of Trade. The Women’s Leadership Circle® (WLC) connects business professionals with remarkable business, community and political leaders through their high-calibre speaker events, exclusive roundtables, hosted...

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Nicole Byres quoted in Globe & Mail article on importance of reviewing company’s code of ethics.

Nicole Byres, Partner in the Labour & Employment group, comments that employers should have mechanisms in place to regularly review their codes. “In the three most critical areas – conflict of interest, respect in the workplace and confidentiality – Ms....

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Nicole Byres joins the Vancouver office as a Partner. Her practice focuses on employment law, corporate governance and labour law.

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Nicole Byres and Jill Wilkie speak at CACE conference

The Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) is an association of management-side labour and employment lawyers across Canada. Nicole Byres is part of a panel discussing “Employment Ethics – Working together: In House and External Counsel.” Jill Wilkie presents on...

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Nicole Byres and Lisa Goodfellow present a webinar for XpertHR on “Workplace Investigations: Tips and Best Practices”.

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Nicole Byres speaks on “Discrimination Based on Family Status” at Insight’s Western Labour and Employee Relations Forum.

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Nicole Byres speaks on the new BC Limitation Act at the CBABC’s Annual Branch Conference.

As Dirty Harry said “You’ve Got to Know Your Limitations.” Now We’ve Got New Ones. Speakers: David Crerar and Nicole Byres The new Limitation Act is now in force. This program will discuss the implications of that new Act and...

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Nicole Byres speaks on recent developments in the law of constructive dismissal and employees’ obligation to mitigate their damages at the BCHRMA’s Legal Symposium.

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Nicole Byres speaks on “Designing & Implementing Compliant Policies & Procedures” at Federated Press’ 5th HR Legal Risks course.

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Employee Benefits Administration

Health and welfare benefits are an integral part of attracting and retaining talent. Do you know what your benefit plan administration duties and obligations are before, during, and after employment? Miller Thomson’s Labour & Employment group presents a complimentary breakfast seminar where we provide...

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Labour & Employment Update: What’s New in 2015?

Miller Thomson’s Western Canada Labour & Employment group is pleased to invite you to a complimentary seminar on what employers need to know in 2015.  Join as as we discuss key developments and best practice tips on: Business immigration, including...

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Workplace Investigations in Canada: Tips & Best Practices

Areas of discussion include: Tips and best practices for preparing, conducting, concluding the investigation (what to do with the results) The tools and best practices that will minimize negative impacts on HR and the business The legal liability typically associated...

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Workplace Investigations: Tips and Best Practises

Most employers have to conduct workplace investigations from time to time, whether as part of managing employee conflict or misconduct, or occupational health & safety incidents.  Effective workplace investigations do not happen by accident – they require planning and sound...

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Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: New WorkSafeBC Rules

In 2012, the BC Workers Compensation Act was amended to broaden compensation available to employees for mental disorders caused by work related stress, including bullying and harassment.  Effective November 1, 2013, WorkSafe BC requires all employers to have policies and...

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Revisiting the 2016 Changes to the BC Human Rights Code

As 2016 draws to a close and we reflect on potential emerging issues for employers in 2017, we thought that the recent amendments to the BC Human Rights Code to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered...

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B.C. Court of Appeal Restores Highest Ever Human Rights Damages Award: Kelly v. University of British Columbia (No. 4), 2013 BCHRT 302 (CanLII)

In early 2014, we reported on a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision in which Carl Kelly was awarded $75,000 in damages for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect.  This award was and remains the highest amount ever awarded in Canada...

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Investigations in the Workplace

Workplace investigations are inevitable for most organizations and employers face significant pressure to conduct them properly.  A flawed investigation, besides compromising the information a decision-maker will need, invites a range of risks.  From a legal perspective, the courts scrutinize the...

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Investigations in the Workplace

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

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BC Human Rights decision sets new high for damages for injury to dignity

The British Columbia Human Rights Code, like human rights legislation in other provinces, prescribes a number of remedies once the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) determines that a human rights violation has occurred.  Besides authorizing the Tribunal to make...

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BC Introduces New Bullying & Harassment Regulations

On November 1, 2013, WorkSafe BC’s new Bullying and Harassment regulations came into effect for all provincially regulated employers in British Columbia.  Besides including a partial definition of bullying and harassment, the regulations require employers, supervisors and workers to take...

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How to Hire and Fire in 99 Jurisdictions

Multilaw

Nicole Byres and Valerie Dixon co-authored the chapter on BC law and practice for the 2013 edition of this global guide produced by Multilaw’s Labour and Employment group.  Click here for more information.

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The ROI of Women on Boards

Sounding Board, The Official Newspaper of the Vancouver Board of Trade, July 2013, 15

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When Temporary Means Permanent – Pitfalls in Temporary Layoff Provisions in Canada’s Employment Standards Laws

Even though each Province enacts its own employment standards laws, they are similar if not the same across the country.  It is noteworthy therefore when courts interpret similar provisions differently.  A recent Ontario decision, Trites v. Renin Corp. [2013] ONSC...

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Beyond Diversity: Creating an Inclusive Profession

BarTalk, June 2013

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Western Pacific Enterprises acquired by MYR Group

Counsel to Western Pacific Enterprises

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OEC Group Canada acquires Ryder CRSA Logistics

Counsel to OEC Group Canada

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