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Michelle’s practice focuses on labour and employment law. She advises employers on employment-related matters, including:
restructuring, contracts and terminations
investigations and discipline
occupational health and safety
employment standards and human rights
Michelle represents employers in employment-related litigation, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals and injunctions proceedings.
Michelle's practice also encompasses labour relations. She advises and acts on behalf of employers in:
collective agreement interpretation
strikes and lockouts
injunction proceedings during strikes
Michelle has vast experience in representing companies in human rights litigation before the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the federal and provincial Tribunals. She is frequently hired to conduct independent investigations into allegations of harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and other alleged misconduct.
Michelle was corporate counsel for Federal Express Canada from April 2012 to September 2013, where she worked extensively in the area of federal employment-related legislation. She resumed her labour and employment practice at BLG in October 2013.
Advise clients on various employment-related matters, including workplace restructuring, employment contracts, employee terminations, discipline, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety matters, and employment standards.
Represent clients in employment-related litigation, including wrongful and constructive dismissal actions, unjust dismissal complaints, mediations, unpaid compensation claims, injunctions pertaining to restrictive covenants, and proceedings before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
Advise employers and human resources teams on the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures and/or changes to existing policies; assist client teams in communicating and launching employment related policies; conduct management workshops and assist employers with employee training on various employment-related issues and policies.
Advise and assist clients in identifying and managing labour and employment-related risks associated with business decisions and/or changing business needs. Work with clients in assessing and determining long term goals and strategies and their impact on labour and employment issues.
Advise and act on behalf of employers in collective bargaining (including at negotiations, mediation and conciliation), interest arbitrations, collective agreement interpretation, grievance arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and injunction proceedings during strikes.
Advises and acts on behalf of employers in matters before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Advises and acts on behalf of school boards and independent schools in matters including labour matters, development of policies and protocols with respect to court actions and applications, suspension and expulsion hearings, privacy law matters and issues pertaining to human rights.