Michael Howcroft
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366

Michael advises clients on a wide range of labour and employment matters, including matters relating to wrongful dismissal, post-employment competition by former employees, labour relations, human rights, employment standards and occupational health and safety. He also provides employment advice in relation to a number of commercial transactions and has assisted clients in preparing both employment policies and written employment contracts.

Michael regularly assists clients on a number of commercial litigation matters and has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia, as well as the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  • The Best Lawyers In Canada 2018 (Administrative & Public Law and Labour & Employment)

  • Chambers Canada: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Employment and Labour)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Employment & Labour)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2016 Edition

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, June 22, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, April 27, 2017.
Co-author: Court Limits Human Rights Tribunal Jurisdiction To Address Discrimination Claims From Persons Not In Position Of Power
Employment and Labour Law Reporter, pp. 22-23, June 2016.
Co-author: What do employers need to know?
Canadian HR Reporter, May 2, 2016.
Co-author: Mass Privacy Breaches by Employees: a Review of Recent Developments in Vicarious Liability and Privacy Class Actions
Employment Law Conference 2015, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 8, 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Starting Right - Effective Demand Letters for Wrongful Dismissal Claims
Employment Law Conference 2017, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, May 4-5, 2017.
Speaker: Employee Disabilities and the Duty to Inquire: Knowing What to Ask, and When
Human Rights and Accommodations Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 13, 2016.
Speaker: Mass Privacy Breaches by Employees: a Review of Recent Developments in Vicarious Liability and Privacy Class Actions
Employment Law Conference 2015, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 8, 2015.
Speaker: Calculation of Employee Damages upon Termination: Pay in Lieu of Notice, Bonuses, Equity Compensation, and Other Benefits
Strategies for Executive Compensation, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 23, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: Marijuana at Work
Legal Report: Labour & Employment, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 4, 2017.
Interviewed: Misrepresentation of benefits leads to $93,000 for worker
Interviewed by Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter, July 11, 2016
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