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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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 Valerie Dixon speak at HRMA conference

Nicole Byres, QC and Valerie Dixon are presenters at the Human Resources Management Association annual conference. Nicole speaks on “Cause and Effect: Proof and Perils of a Just Cause Allegation“. Valerie speaks on “Harassment: What Does It Mean and What...

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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 workplace investigations webinar

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

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Nicole Byres speaks family status discrimination

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 new BC Limitation Act

Nicole Byres speaks on the new BC <i>Limitation Act</i> at the CBABC’s Annual Branch Conference. The new Limitation Act is now in force. This program will discuss the implications of that new Act and the transition provisions that apply. This...

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Nicole Byres speaks on recent developments in HR law

Nicole Byres presents 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 HR policies and procedures

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

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Emerging Issues in the Workplace

Miller Thomson’s Vancouver Labour & Employment group hosts a complimentary seminar where we will discuss new and emerging legal issues in employment law relating to: Medical and Recreational Marijuana Use; Employer Liability for Bad Faith and other Damages from Improper...

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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

HRVoice.org

As 2016 has ended and we reflect on potential emerging issues for employers in 2017, the recent amendments to the BC Human Rights Code to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered by the Code, deserves commentary.

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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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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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Nicole Byres, Q.C. interviewed on CBC Radio’s World at Six

CBC Radio, "World at Six"

Nicole was interviewed by CBC Radio on a human rights arbitration decision in Manitoba concerning a complaint against the Brandon police by a military veteran with PTSD. The interview runs on the May 14th edition of World at Six. Listen to the podcast.

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Nicole Byres quoted in HRMonline article on workplace investigations

HRMOnline, "HR in the spotlight: Workplace investigation errors"

When an issue arises that requires a workplace investigation it can be the start of a long and expensive process for an organization, especially if HR makes mistakes early on. What can you do to make sure your investigations hold...

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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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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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