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  • Leading Labour & Employment practitioner in
    Alberta and the Prairies

    Tim Mitchell
    EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR

    Trusted legal advisor to private and public sector employers

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OFFICE: Calgary

DIRECT LINE: 403.303.1791

EMAIL: tmitchell@mross.com

PRACTICE AREAS:
      Labour & Employment


LAW SCHOOL: Cardiff University, Osgoode Hall Law School

BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (1996)

Assistant: Andrea Barwich

Assistant Phone: 403.303.9115

Assistant Email: abarwich@mross.com

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Tim is peer ranked as one of the top labour and employment lawyers in Alberta and nationally. For over 25 years, Tim has advocated for federally and provincially regulated employers on matters related to workplace law. He acts as lead counsel on significant labour, employment, and workplace human rights cases.

Tim sets a new standard for employer advocacy. His commitment to building trusting relationships through counseling employers on their most complex issues contributes to his reputation as one of Canada’s foremost labour lawyers. 

Tim’s experience and insight in collective bargaining and interest arbitrations (litigation to set the terms of a collective agreement) is unparalleled. He regularly handles difficult and complex rounds of collective bargaining in both the public and private sectors and has acted as chief spokesperson on hundreds of matters; including complex first agreement negotiations.

Tim works with private and public sector clients from major oil and gas companies to municipalities. Tim is an especially prominent figure in public sector labour relations, where he oversees the disposition of hundreds of grievances each year. Tim serves as a key advisor for many of Alberta’s municipalities, universities and colleges in their dealings with various unions, associations, students and government.

Tim considers his partnerships with his clients the most rewarding aspect of his practice. Clients appreciate his ability to understand their objectives and break down complex labour relations problems into practical, tailored advice. Tim’s ability to forge constructive relationships is far-reaching. He believes that strong advocacy for his clients’ interests combined with collegial relationships with decision-makers and opposing counsel net the most favourable results.

Tim regularly shares his expertise as a speaker at conferences throughout Western Canada and as a lecturer at courses and seminars on employment and labour law. He has contributed to a number of different industry publications including a regular column for the Canadian Employment Law Today Magazine. He has also co-authored a book on employment law entitled Employment Law Answers.

Education:

  • LL.M. (Labour Relations and Employment Law), Osgoode Hall Law School
  • LL.B., Cardiff University

Awards and Recognition:

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Leading Practitioner - Employment (Employer) and Labour (Management)
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2020 & 2021: Recognized as a leading individual lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (Highest Rating Possible) Labour Relations; Employment Law; Human Rights
  • Benchmark Litigation, Recognized as a Canadian Litigation Star, 2018 - 2021: Employment and Labour Law
  • Acritas Stars™ 2018 - 2021: Designated as a “Star” lawyer by a panel of over 4,300 clients in area of Employment and Labour Law
  • Chambers Canada, Alberta: Recognized as one of the top Employment and Labour lawyers in Alberta, 2016 - 2020
  • Chambers Canada, National: Recognized as one of the top Employment and Labour lawyers in Canada, Chambers and Partners, 2018 - 2020
  • Who’s Who Legal, Worldwide Edition Labour & Employment Law: Recognized worldwide as one of the top Labour & Employment Lawyers in Canada 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Who’s Who Legal, Canada: Recognized as one of the top Labour & Employment Law Lawyers in Canada 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Canada®, 2012 - 2021: Recognized as one of the top Employment and Labour Law Lawyers in Canada
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016 - 2021: Repeatedly recommended in Employment Law: Employer side counsel
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016 - 2020: Repeatedly recommended in Labour Relations: Management side Counsel
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016 - 2020: Repeatedly recommended in Worker’s Compensation: Employer side Counsel
  • Canadian Human Resources Reporter (since 2009): Recognized as a leading labour and employment lawyer in Canada 

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Canadian Bar Association, Labour and Employment Law Section
    • Past Chair, Southern Alberta Branch
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Heritage Park Society Board Member (May 2014 - 2016)
  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Board Member (May 2013 - 2016 and 2018 - Present)
  • Corporation of the City of Calgary v. Calgary Police Association (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Governors of the University of Calgary v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 052, (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 039, (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Bow Valley College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/011 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Olds College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/002  (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Medicine Hat College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/005 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Lethbridge College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/001 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Alberta University of the Arts v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/006 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Grande Prairie Regional College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/007 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Board of Governors of Portage College v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 071/008 (2020) Interest Arbitration
  • Co-Chaired 37th Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, June 2019
  • Infonex: Cannabis Regulation West Conference, Workplace Drug & Alcohol Policies for Municipal and Public Employees Including “Fit for Duty” June 2019
  • Lancaster House: Back to School: Current Issues in Post-Secondary Labour Relations, June 2019
  • CACE Human Rights Webinar: The Art of the Release, February 2019
  • “Impact of revisions to the Labour Relations Code to Post-Secondary Institutions in Alberta,” CIRA/Alberta Labour Relations Board, September 2017
  • “Employment Records Related to Overtime,” Lorman Education Services, Calgary, June 2013
  • “Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation,” Labour Arbitration Policy Conference, Calgary, May 2013
  • “Alberta Labour Law Update,” CACE Conference, Calgary, September 2011
  • “Labour Law for Employment Lawyers,” Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, November 2010
  • “Termination in the Unionized Workplace,” Insight Information, Calgary, September 2009
  • “Significant Legal Developments,” Western Canadian Forum on Employment Law, Calgary, January 2009
  • “Ten Cases Every Labour Practitioner Needs to Know,” Labour Arbitration Policy Conference, Calgary, June 2007
  • “Mental Health in the Workplace,” Labour Arbitration Policy Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, June 2004
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” Lorman Education Services, Calgary, September 2001

 

  • Featured in “Collecting employee data”, Elizabeth Raymer, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 2019
  • Co-Author of the book: Canadian Employment Law Answers, Thompson Reuters looseleaf publication
  • Alberta expert contributor to Canadian Employment Law Today, Thompson Reuters monthly publication  for human resources professionals
  • “Threshold for Dismissal After Employee Theft”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, June, 2019
  • “Requesting an Independent Medical Examination”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, June, 2019
  • “Work-From-Home Requirements in Bad Weather”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, April, 2019
  • “Bad-Faith Dismissal with Generous Severance Package”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, April, 2019
  • “Managers Filling In for Sick Employees”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, February, 2019
  • “Accommodating Employee Disability Resulting from Reckless Off-Duty Conduct”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, January, 2019
  • “Recruiting Precautions to Avoid Inducement Claims from Employees”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, December, 2018
  • “Drug and Alcohol Policy for Contractors”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, October, 2018
  • “What To Do With an Accused Harasser”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, September, 2018
  • “Changing Vacation Entitlement”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, August, 2018
  • “Promotion Without Change in Pay”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, April, 2018
  • “Employee’s LinkedIn Profile Information”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, April, 2018
  • “Determining Breaks in Service”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, March, 2018
  • “Holiday Pay for New Employees”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, February, 2018
  • “Addicted Employee Keeps Relapsing”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, November, 2017
  • “Offensive Material on Social Media Feeds”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, December, 2017
  • “Employee’s Refusal to Work for Safety Reasons”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, September, 2017
  • “Misconduct During Working Notice”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, September, 2017
  • “Introducing a Probationary Period for a Recently Hired Employee”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, August, 2017
  • “Alberta Cement Plant Workers Denied DB Pension Enrolment”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Labour Reporter, May, 2017
  • “Notice of Dismissal for Short-Term Employees”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, June, 2017
  • “Employee Misconduct: The Threshold for Dismissal”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, March, 2017
  • “Grand River Transit Strike Averted in Southwest Ontario”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Labour Reporter, April, 2017
  • “Is Causing Offence Discrimination?”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, February, 2017
  • “Accommodating Levels of Work Stress”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, February, 2017
  • “Changes to Longstanding Recognition Program”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, October, 2016
  • “Getting Ready for Legalized Marijuana”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, September, 2016
  • “Random Drug and Alcohol Testing at Suncor Still Possible”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, July, 2016
  • “Dismissing a Probationary Employee”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, June, 2016
  • “Insulting Customers on Social Media”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, June, 2016
  • “Accommodating Creed”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, March, 2016
  • “Walking the Line between Simple Communication and Interference”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, March, 2016
  • “Revealing Information During Harassment Investigation”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, January, 2016
  • “Changing a New Hire’s Start Date”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, October, 2015
  • “After-Discovered Just Cause”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, January, 2016
  • “Is Nicotine Addiction a Disability? ”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, October, 2015
  • “Employees Working Alone”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, August, 2015
  • “Terminating a New Hire Before She Starts the Job”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, August, 2015
  • “Asking a Work-at-Home Employee to Work at the Office”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, May, 2015
  • “Asking an Employee for Information for Family Status Accommodation”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, May, 2015
  • “Safety Concerns Over Bad Weather Commuting”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, Mar, 2015
  • “Implementing a Tracking System for Employees”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, February, 2015
  • “Refusing to Hire Applicants with Health Issues Stemming from Lifestyle”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, December, 2014
  • “Renewing Contracts for Shorter Terms”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, October, 2014
  • “A Look at the Various Pitfalls of Specifying Notice Periods in Contracts”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, October, 2014
  • “Is This Thing On? ”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, September, 2014
  • “Termination Provisions”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, July, 2014
  • “The New Vetting Process? ”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian HR Reporter, May, 2014
  • “Workplace Investigations”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, April, 2014
  • “Employee Harassing Co-Worker or Customer Outside of Work”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, March, 2014
  • “Requiring a Doctor’s Note Immediately”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, January, 2014
  • “Employee Illness During Probationary Period”, Tim Mitchell, Canadian Employment Law Today, January, 2014

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