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Labour & Employment
LAW SCHOOL: University of Ottawa
BAR ADMISSIONS: Ontario (2012), Northwest Territories (2013), Nunavut (2014)
Michelle is a partner in the Yellowknife office, practicing in the area of labour and employment. Michelle acts for many municipalities, public sector employers, private sector employers and charitable organizations throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Practicing exclusively in the North, Michelle frequently advises on the distinct legal landscape of northern employers, and the interaction between federal and territorial legislation.
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Michelle has significant collective bargaining experience with a range of northern employers. She has successfully bargained a number of collective agreements for employers by advancing for the needs and mandate of the employer, while recognizing the interests of the union. Michelle understands the unique context of bargaining in the North, and the importance of maintaining relationships in workplace, even during difficult bargaining.
Michelle has also provided advice and representation to employers where collective bargaining has not been successful. She has worked with employers to prepare and strategize for labour disruptions and essential services, and has made a number of applications to the Canada Industrial Relations Board in this regard. Michelle also understands and recognizes the history of labour disputes in the North, and the impact this has on the workplace during difficult collective bargaining.
Michelle has significant experience advising and representing northern employers on labour matters. She has substantial knowledge and experience with labour law principles, and frequently provides advice and legal opinions to employers on employee discharge and discipline. Michelle also provides advice on matters related to non-union employees, including employment contracts, discipline and termination. Michelle is recognized by her clients for delivering sound and practical advice on labour relations and employment law matters.
Michelle also acts for employers in wrongful dismissal claims, and frequently represents employers in labour arbitrations, human rights and employment standards hearings. She has also represented employers in a number of judicial review applications.
Michelle provides advice and representation on occupational health and safety, as well as privacy matters. Michelle has represented employers in matters before the WSCC Appeals Tribunal, as well as matters before the Northwest Territories Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Additionally, Michelle has taught courses in Aboriginal Law at the University of Ottawa.