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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How Not To Fill A Labour Shortage
Christopher McHardy, October 15, 2014
Since we last posted about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TWFP”), the federal government has, in the face of political pressure, introduced significant changes to the program. Employers now face greater challenges and cost in addressing labour shortages through the use of...

Teachers’ Strike: What does it mean for your workplace?
Christopher McHardy, September 2, 2014
While talks continue, there is no immediate end in sight for the ongoing teachers’ strike. For employees with school-age children, this may mean facing a child care gap starting next week. As an employer, what are your legal obligations and what can you do to make sure work continues while...

Update on Overtime Class Actions in Canada
Christopher McHardy, August 19, 2014
Canadian employers have been watching a series of class action claims, with employees claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid overtime, since 2007. While overtime class action claims are still not possible in British Columbia, claims can balloon in other provinces when a representative...

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Christopher McHardy

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


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