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  • Proactive and practical workplace advice

    Dan Bokenfohr
    LABOUR, EMPLOYMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS, WCB, OHS

    Helps employers and employees solve workplace legal problems

Contact Dan Bokenfohr

Partner

OFFICE: Edmonton,Yellowknife

DIRECT LINE: 780.482.9118

EMAIL: dbokenfohr@mross.com

PRACTICE AREAS:
      Labour & Employment
      Occupational Health & Safety

INDUSTRY GROUPS:
      Construction
      Cannabis
      Northern

LAW SCHOOL: University of Alberta

BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (2002), Northwest Territories (2018)

Assistant: Margaret Gomez

Assistant Phone: 780.482.9264

Assistant Email: mgomez@mross.com

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Dan is a litigator and advisor to union and non-union employers on labour, employment, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and administrative law issues.

Education:

  • LL.B., University of Alberta (with Distinction)
  • B.Comm., University of Alberta (with Distinction)

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
    • Labour and Employment Section
  • Member, Advisory Board, Salvation Army Edmonton
  • Former Board Member, Gateway Association for Community Living
  • Represents and advises employers concerning a variety of workplace issues, such as termination, discipline, human rights, employment standards, workers’ compensation and occupational health & safety matters.
  • Provides advice to employers on various dismissal issues, including establishing just cause to dismiss, reasonable severance pay, and strategies to avoid wrongful dismissal actions.
  • Defends wrongful dismissal actions on behalf of employers and prosecutes such actions on behalf of employees.
  • Advises employers on corporate reorganizations and severance claims resulting from mass layoffs; has negotiated the settlement of severance claims arising under CCAA proceedings.
  • Represents and advises employers in respect to complaints before the Alberta Human Rights Commission involving a variety of issues, such as accommodation of disabled employees, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
  • Represents employers before grievance arbitration boards in disputes including employee terminations, suspensions, layoffs and management rights; in one such recent arbitration, Dan successfully defended the dismissal of a long-service employee for a serious safety violation.
  • Represents and advises employers in respect to Employment Standards complaints and appeals.
  • Represents and advises employers in matters before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, such as union certification and revocation applications, unfair labour practice complaints, strikes and lockouts, and successorship and common employer applications.
  • Represents and advises employers in a variety of workers’ compensation matters (disputed WCB claims, classification and assessment disputes, cost relief applications, etc.) before the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation.
  • Provides advice to employers in responding to serious workplace accidents and conducting occupational health and safety investigations.
  • Represents and advises employers and contractors in defending occupational health and safety prosecutions, providing advice on due diligence and other preventative strategies (he has represented employers and contractors facing OHS charges in a number of workplace fatalities, including those resulting from workplace explosions, heavy equipment and machinery accidents, falls from heights, and electrocutions by contact with overhead power lines).
  • Represents employers and other organizations on judicial review applications and appeals from grievance arbitration awards and the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Appeals Commission for Workers’ Compensation.
  • Assists employers in developing and implementing drug and alcohol policies.
  • Advises employers in drafting, implementation and application of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competition and confidentiality provisions, and general employment policies and practices.
  • "2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2018
  • "Bill 30: New Occupational Health & Safety Legislation", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2018
  • "Keeping Marijuana Off The Job", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2017
  • "2016 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2017
  • "2015 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2016
  • "Mock Arbitration", McLennan Ross Duty to Accommodate Seminar & Mock Arbitration, 2015
  • "2014 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2015
  • "2013 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar", 2014
  • "Duty to Accommodate", McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Full-Day Seminar, 2013
  • "OHS Due Diligence – A Case Study into Worker Error and Forseeability", NAOSH Speaker Conference, Edmonton
  • "Distinguishing Between True Contractors and Employees", Lorman – Employment Standards
  • Past lecturer on Occupational Health & Safety legislation and Policy, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension

Call Dan Bokenfohr

780.482.9118

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