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Laurie Robson is a partner in our Labour and Employment Group in our Calgary office.
Laurie represents both employers and executives in labour and employment law matters under both federal and provincial jurisdiction, including: labour board hearings, labour arbitrations, collective agreement negotiations, wrongful dismissal litigation, accident investigations, workplace investigations, OHS incidents investigations, reporting and defence, sexual harassment and discrimination claims, human rights, drug and alcohol testing policy drafting, training and enforcement, privacy, safety policy and procedure drafting and enforcement, workers' compensation, STD and LTD disability management, employment benefits, hiring and firing, employment contract drafting, executive contract negotiations, executive compensation review, human resources policy and procedure drafting, workplace training.
Laurie has experience before the Federal Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Alberta Labour Relations Board and Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board as well as before the Provincial Court on OHS/workplace safety matters. She has conducted matters under the Canadian Human Rights Act and Alberta Human Rights Act. She has also been an arbitrator for Canada Labour Code unjust dismissal and wage recovery complaints. As well, Laurie is involved in BLG's Team North initiative and was a long serving member of the BLG Women's Leadership Development Committee.
Publications & Presentations
•Speaker, Alberta Update: Labour Relations Code Changes - A Review of Bill 17 - Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act , BLG LLP Client Seminar, July, 2017.
•Speaker, Medical Cannabis in the Workplace , BLG LLP Client Seminar, June 2017.
•Speaker, Employment Cases of Interest - 2061-2017 , BLG Client Seminar, June, 2016.
•Speaker, Take it or Leave it Alberta - Bill 17 Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act , BLG LLP Client Seminar, June 2017.
•Speaker, Recent Cases of Interest , BLG LLP Client Seminar, May 10, 2017.
•Author, The More the Merrier - Drugs, Privacy and Safety at Work , BLG LLP Energy Law Blog, October, 2016.
•Co-Author, Can I Record A Meeting With My Boss Do I Have To Tell Her That I Am Recording Her , May, 2016.
•Co-Author, Court of Queen's Bench Confirms that Privilege May Apply to Workplace Accident Investigation , May, 2016.
•Speaker, Panel: Drilling into The Oil & Gas Industry Employment Law Compliance , 2016 International Bar Association Labour & Employment Conference, Mexico City.
•Author, Provincial Employment Law chapter of BLG's Employment Law: Solutions for the Canadian Workplace, Specialty Technical Publishers (annual update), 2000-present.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2017) edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour (Alberta) (Band 3)).
•Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2017) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law).
•BLG LLP - Employment Law Firm of the Year 2017 - Chambers Canada Awards
•Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated.
•Member, BLG Women's Leadership Development Committee
•Member, Canadian Bar Association, Labour & Employment Section
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Associate Member, American Bar Association
•Member, WXN Women's Executive Network
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