Laura Dunnigan
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9709

Laura practises in all areas of labour and employment law. She advises clients in respect of all issues relating to the employment relationship, including hiring and firing, discipline, contractual disputes, wrongful and constructive dismissal, employment and labour standards, human rights, privacy, labour relations, disability and benefits and alcohol and drug testing. Laura’s practice regularly involves reviewing and drafting employment related documentation, including employment and independent contractor agreements, severance packages and confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, workplace policies and handbooks and advising on corporate aspects of labour and employment law, including mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.

Laura is well versed in litigation, including wrongful dismissal and human rights claims, and has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal and represents clients at numerous administrative tribunals, including provincial and federal employment standards commissions, human rights commissions, and privacy commissions.

In addition, Laura maintains an active privacy practice, advising employers on matters such as access to information requests, data breach response protocols and the impact of anti-spam legislation.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some of the representative matters in which Laura has been involved include:

  • Assisting in successfully obtaining summary dismissal at the Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal levels

  • Assisting in successfully obtaining an injunction to enforce a two-year non-competition covenant against a former franchisee

  • Acting for a large energy company in a dispute in connection with the mechanical failure of significant assets used to maintain project facilities

  • Successfully upholding and enforcing a non-competition agreement for a Canadian paint and coatings manufacturer

  • Successfully obtaining judgment for a senior employee in connection with his wrongful dismissal

  • Assisting with executive wrongful dismissal litigation involving incompetence and insubordination

  • Successfully representing employers and employees in human rights complaints

  • Pursuing remedies for employers in relation to employee theft and fraud

  • Preparing and drafting executive employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and workplace policies (including drug and alcohol policies)

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: The Employment Agreement: 15 Under 15
Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, April 26, 2017.
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