Maurice is the leader of the McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Practice Group in the Edmonton Office. Maurice has extensive experience focusing on management-side labour and employment issues. He represents and advises employers on a variety of issues, including wrongful dismissal, terminations, human rights, employment standards, workers’ compensation and privacy matters. He also provides organizational advice regarding employment agreements, policies and labour relations, and strategic guidance on the day to day management of the company. No matter how complex the situation, Maurice always takes the time to ensure his clients have a clear understanding of all the steps involved in the legal process and any expectations and potential outcomes so that they be confident in making sound decisions.
Maurice's diverse background has provided him with a unique approach to practicing law. In 2014 Maurice was seconded to the Government of Alberta as an arbitration advisor, which allowed him to gain extensive knowledge when it comes to providing strategic advice regarding labour relations and arbitrations. Maurice has acted as employer counsel on labour arbitrations and also has experience acting as the employer nominee on arbitration panels.
Maurice has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta and has experience in front of the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, Appeals Commission for Workers’ Compensation, and Employment Standards.
Maurice is a first-generation immigrant to Canada, born and raised in northern Germany and is fluent in German. In his spare time, Maurice enjoys spending time with his four children, music, and following his hopeless soccer club Hamburg SV in the Bundesliga.
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Maurice represents and advises employers and employees concerning a variety of issues, such as termination, discipline, human rights, employment standards, workers’ compensation, labour arbitration, labour relations board matters and issues involving privacy and access to information. He also advises employers in the drafting, implementation and application of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and confidentiality provisions, and general employment policies and practices.
Maurice also has specialized experience dealing with non-competition issues in the employment context. Having acted as counsel on two precedential Alberta non-competition actions, Maurice has significant experience dealing with the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements as well as fiduciary duties.
Some highlights of Maurice’s representative experience include:
Maurice is one of the few Alberta employer counsel with extensive experience dealing with the Workers’ Compensation Board. Maurice routinely advises employers on case management issues and has effectively represented employers at all level of appeal in the WCB system and the Courts.
Some highlights of Maurice’s WCB experience include: