Nicole Byres, QC

Associée | Vancouver

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Nicole Byres comments in BIV article on how businesses are dealing with COVID-19

Business in Vancouver, "Law firms help navigate uncharted waters"

The article focuses on the rise of COVID-19 related queries that lawyers are fielding as businesses start to re-open. Nicole Byres, Partner in our Labour & Employment Group, remarks on some of the common employment law issues and how employers...

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Nicole Byres, Q.C. profiled for cover story of The Advocate

The Advocate, Vol. 78 Part 3 May 2020, p. 333-337

Vancouver Labour & Employment Partner Nicole Byres, Q.C. is featured in the May 2020 cover story of The Advocate. One of Nicole Byres, Q.C.’s favourite quotes is from Thomas Edison: « Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed...

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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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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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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.

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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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The Rich Rewards of Volunteering

Sounding Board, The Official Newspaper of The Vancouver Board of Trade

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The purposive interpretation of ’employment’ in statutes

The Lawyers Weekly

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