Christin Elawny

Christin Elawny: Attorney with Field Law
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  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Biography

Christin Elawny is a labour and employment lawyer helping both non-unionized and unionized employers with complex claims, planning and other employment-related needs.

Christin’s clients seek her help with issues such as hiring and termination planning, defending claims and grievances and developing preventative policies and procedures for employment agreements that protect employers and support workplace human rights. She has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba.

Clients appreciate Christin’s practical focus on their business objectives and her ability to plan and mitigate risk from every perspective of the employer-employee relationship. Christin’s clients regularly turn to her when they’re facing difficult employment-related issues, such as:

•Collective bargaining and agreements administration
•Discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal claims and grievance arbitration
•Workplace human rights and Provincial and Federal Human Rights Commission complaints
•Employment and executive agreements and severance agreements
•Employment standards and hiring practices
•Discrimination, duty to accommodate employees and respectful workplace policies
•General management of employees, in union and non-union settings
•Planning and developing policies and procedures

Christin helps employers plan for the future and believes that proper planning and development of policies and procedures will ensure compliance and mitigate vulnerabilities.

Value to Clients

Many of the issues employers face relate to human rights. Christin works with clients on establishing policies and procedures around human resource issues such as validating sick leaves and long-term disability. In addition, Christin helps employers by addressing the many questions and issues raised by the use of medical marijuana in the workplace and impending legalization of cannabis.

Outside the Office

Christin loves being a mom and enjoys fitness. She is an avid reader (some of her favorite books include Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King) and she is a literacy advocate who believes that the ability to read is a vital skill which allows individuals to fully participate in a vibrant and positive society. She supports literacy in the community by working with the CanLearn Society.

Experience

Alberta Teachers’ Association v. Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28, 2013 ABQB 283, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta
Alberta Teachers’ Association v. Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1, 2012 ABCA 45, Alberta Court of Appeal
Bethany Care Society v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, [2008] AGAA No.70 (Francis), Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award
Cotton and Chard v. Ridley Canada Ltd., 2008 MBQB 37, Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba

Community

CanLearn Society
Director
2014 - Present

News + Views + Events

November 2018
Buildex Calgary Seminar Talks Cannabis in the Workplace
Journal of Commerce
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
Seminars
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law ...
October 2018
Christin Elawny to Receive “Heart of Community” Award
Field Law is proud to announce that Christin Elawny has been recognized for her pro-bono efforts with the Accessible Housing Society (Accessible Housing). Christin, a lawyer based in our Calgary office, will receive the “Heart of Community”...
October 3 + 10, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: Implications for Employers
Seminars
Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situat...
July 2018
Legal Cannabis: Coming to Canada on October 17, 2018
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
June 5, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace - Implications for Northern Employers
Seminars
What Northern Employers Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situ...
May 2018
Good News for Employers: No Unfettered Right to Use Cannabis at Work
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
As the cloud of recreational cannabis legalization looms on the horizon, employers will face difficult situations pertaining to cannabis and the workplace. It is important to remember that just because recreational cannabis will be legal, and medically...
April 19, 2018
Weed at Work: Preparing for the Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis in Canada
Seminars
Join Trojan Safety, SIX Safety Systems and Field Law for a detailed half-day seminar providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situations involving cannabis in the workplace. During this comprehensive half-day semin...
April 11-12, 2018
HR Undefined 2018
Conferences
HR Undefined is CPHR Alberta’s largest annual event. It provides an environment where you can learn solutions to HR challenges through professional development and networking with Alberta’s HR pros. In April 2018, Human Resources and busine...
December 12
If You Haven’t Heard About the Upcoming Changes to the Alberta Employment Standards Regulation, You Need to Read This!
Workwise Newsletter
December 2017
R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?
Workwise Newsletter
December 2017
Employment Standards Code Changes are Effective January 1: Are You Ready?
Workwise Newsletter
October 2017
Legalized Recreational Marijuana in Alberta - Is Your Workplace Prepared?
The Advisor
June 2017
Update on Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act
Workwise Newsletter
May 2017
Highlights of Bill 17: Alberta’s Fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act
May/June 2017
Marijuana in the Workplace
Seminars
November - December 2016
Family Status Accommodation Seminars
September 2016
Alberta’s Minimum Wage is on the Rise
June 2016
Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
January 2016
Gender Identity and Gender Expression Are Now Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination Under The Alberta Human Rights Act
October 2015
Occupational Health & Safety
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
September 2015
Determining Reasonable Notice: Is Character of Employment a Less Important Factor?
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
August 2014
Wal-Mart Could Not Thaw the Statutory Freeze by Closing its Store
June 2014
The DSM-5: Noteworthy Changes from DSM-IV - An Employer’s Perspective
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
February 2014
Injunction Granted: Public Service Salary Restraint Act Guts the Bargaining Process
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
May 2010
Impact of Union Representation Clauses in Alberta
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
November 2009
Wal-Mart Wins This Round
October 2009
Multiple Births - An EI Claim for Each Parent?
Fall 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
Biometric Technology in the Workplace: Preventing Buddy Punching
May 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
March 2009
The Biggest OHS Law Story of 2008, Bar None
March 2009
Hiring Practices & Downsizing
January 2009
Alberta Human Rights Panel Decisions

Client Stories

How best to communicate termination policy changes

Our client: In 2015, a firm in the energy industry had to process several terminations in Alberta following an economic downturn.
Where we began: The company was concerned about payments to employees under its existing termination policy and about managing payouts in the future. Complicating matters was that employees were aware of the existing termination policy and many considered the payment under that policy to be a retirement benefit. Employee morale was already low because of the terminations to date, and the client did not want to be perceived as unfair or to draw attention to its changes in the termination policy. Since the company planned more terminations in the near future, it wanted to implement the new policy in a timely way in order to limit future payouts.
Our approach: Christin proposed several key policy revision options that addressed the client’s business objectives. These included providing a certain number of weeks per year of notice/pay in lieu of notice up to a maximum number of weeks, staggering the effective date of the new policy based on seniority and communicating any change to the policy individually to each employee to ensure its enforceability.
The result: The termination policy amendment allowed the client to revise the wording of its existing policy which would have presented vulnerabilities with enforceability if there were litigation. While a large number of employees were subsequently terminated without cause, very few employees challenged the policy.

A creative, out-of-court resolution to a difficult termination claim

Our client: In 2016, an oilfield products company needed to negotiate a number of settlements with former employees who were terminated without cause.
Where we began: One of the terminated employees was contesting the client’s offer, demanding a larger payout. Christin needed to find a creative solution as her client was unwilling to waiver from the amount of its last offer. Despite that fact, the client wanted to make the offer more enticing as there were risks it could cost them even more if the matter went to trial.
Our approach: Christin proposed that the client re-table their last offer and send the cheque for the settlement funds to the opposing counsel on trust conditions. Christin reasoned that cash in hand would entice the difficult former employee.
The result: The offer was quickly accepted and the matter was closed, achieving a great result for Christin’s client.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Cannabis
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Labour + Employment
  • Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Privacy
  • Sexual Misconduct + Harassment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8583  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
Laurentian University, Bachelor of Arts, 2003
Law School Attended:
University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws, 2006
Year of First Admission:
2007
Admission:
2007, Manitoba; 2008, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional

Calgary Bar Association
Member
2008-Present
Canadian Bar Association
Member
2003-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
2008-Present
Law Society of Manitoba
Member
2006-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Christin and are representative of Christin's experience. Alberta Teachers' Association v. Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28 2013 ABQB 283 Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 2013; Alberta Teachers' Association v. Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 2012 ABCA 45 Alberta Court of Appeal 2012; Cotton and Chard v. Ridley Canada Ltd. 2008 MBQB 37 Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba 2008; Bethany Care Society v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees [2008] AGAA No.70 (Francis) Alberta Grievance Arbitration Award 2008
ISLN:
920841424
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