Christopher McHardy: Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Christopher McHardy

Calgary,  AB  Canada

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  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Employment
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration - Corporate
  • Labour
  • Life Sciences
  • Privacy
University University of British Columbia, B.Comm., Honours, 1997
Law SchoolUniversity of British Columbia, LL.B., 2000
Admitted2001, British Columbia. (Not admitted in Alberta)

Christopher McHardy* is a partner in the Vancouver Labour & Employment Group. He advises employers on a broad range of workplace issues relating to labour, employment, human rights, privacy and immigration law. His experience includes:

•advising US and other offshore clients on labour, employment, human rights, privacy and immigration laws in connection with establishing business operations in British Columbia
•advising employers on, and preparing and negotiating, employment and consulting agreements, restrictive covenants; workplace policies, employee handbooks and other employment-related documents
•advising employers on union organizing drives, certification and decertification applications, unfair labour practices and collective bargaining, and representing employers in collective bargaining
•advising on labour and employment issues in corporate mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing
•defending employers against employee claims in provincial and superior courts, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board, labour arbitration boards, the Workers' Compensation Board and its Appeal Tribunal, the Privacy Commissioner and other administrative bodies
•representing employers in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes
•advising employers on human resource management practices, human rights and privacy laws, union avoidance, investigations, and employee hiring, layoffs and terminations; and
•advising and assisting organizations and individuals with immigration matters and applications, particularly business visits, temporary resident permits, work permits, Provincial Nominee Program applications and permanent resident applications.

Mr. McHardy appears in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of workplace human rights.

Mr. McHardy received his B.Comm. (1997 Honours) and his LLB (2000) from the University of British Columbia, and has focused his practice on labour and employment matters since his call to the BC bar in 2001.

*denotes Law Corporation
 (Also at Vancouver, British Columbia Office)


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Temporary Foreign Workers: New Fees and Regulatory Changes
Christopher McHardy, March 6, 2015
We previously posted on the public outcry over and the federal government’s commitment to revising the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”).

Supreme Court of Canada Gives Quick Win To BCTF On Parental Benefits
Christopher McHardy, December 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada recently made a rare oral ruling from the bench, giving the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (“BCTF”) a quick win in their appeal of a decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding discrimination and unequal treatment under the Human Rights Code and the...

OH&S Month Part 4: The Loneliest Number? Regulations for Employees Working Alone
Christopher McHardy, November 28, 2014
Many employees work alone or in isolation, whether from time to time or as a regular part of their work. In addition to an employer’s general statutory obligation to ensure a safe work environment under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have additional specific obligations to...

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Christopher McHardy

421 7th Avenue, S.W., Suite 4000
CalgaryAB T2P 4K9


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