It's important I address the current issue effectively, but also see other potential issues that could arise down the road and then connect those dots. To do this, I need to understand the current context but also stay on top of the other things in play (like policies or related issues) so I can help my clients avoid additional problems in the future.
Dana's clients rely on her for real-time, practical advice around employee issues including performance issues, terminations, sick leaves and accommodation. In her labour and employment practice in particular, she helps clients navigate complex issues including:
•Disability and accommodation disputes
•Human rights and discrimination
Clients based in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, appreciate Dana's approachability and friendliness - beneficial characteristics when dealing with what can be heated issues. She also strives to provide clients with advice that accounts for the big picture while still helping find a solution to their immediate problem.
Outside of Work
Life outside of work is busy with her two young daughters. When Dana's not with her girls or at work she tries to find time for running and other outdoor activities.
The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Dana:
Labour and Employment: 2016 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February - April 2017
Is your Workplace Toxic? Field Law Clients and Guests October 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review HR Professionals and Industry Professionals January - February 2015
Legalities of Nursing Documentation Stanton TerritorialStanton Territorial Health Authority Nursing Staff October 2013
Legalities of Nursing Documentation STHA Nursing Staff October 30
Charting - A Legal Perspective Emergency Department Nurses, Convenant Health April 2013
Volunteer / Pro Bono
Free Footie Soccer Society Secretary 2012-Present
Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) March 2017
Counsel Comments: Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2016 ABCA 154 Take Five - Alberta Edition June 2016
New Essential Services Legislation Now In Force Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) June 2016
Court of Appeal Confirms Deference Owed to Registration Decisions and Explores Meaning of Good Character and Reputation Perspectives for the Professions May 2016
Alberta Legislation Curtailing the Right to Strike is Struck Down Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) May 2015
Jian Ghomeshi's Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) November 2014
Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws Lawsuit Against Former Employer, the CBC Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) November 2014
Supreme Court Rejects Double Dipping Pension Benefits Argument By Employer Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) December 2013
Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace: Considerations and Challenges Lancaster House Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference May 2013
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) January 2013
Access Denied? Inconsistent Jurisprudence on the Open Court Principle and Media Access to Exhibits in Canadian Criminal Cases Alberta Law Review July 2011
•A large Alberta employer, with a security sensitive business and a unionized workforce, wanted to bring in a new screening policy for employees. Dana helped the employer navigate the complex privacy issues that come with this type of screening, by addressing the potential implications arising from the rights and obligations already bargained in the collective agreement. By doing a thorough analysis of the parties' legal rights and obligations, Dana put the employer on a path to a new policy that could potentially get union support, resulting in fewer potential challenges in the future (and fewer potentially successful challenges) while still addressing the employer's security concerns.
•An Alberta organization was dealing with an employee who had serious performance issues that likely warranted termination, but who then went on stress leave prior to dismissal. The organization turned to Dana to help it navigate the complex employment and human rights issues involved when considering whether an employee can be terminated when they have alleged they have a disability that requires accommodation. Dana helped the organization assess the adequacy of the medical information received from the employee, come up with and implement a plan to obtain the information required to determine next steps, and ultimately take the appropriate steps to deal with the situation with minimal legal risk to the organization.
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Junior Lawyers Section Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Member 2011-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2011-Present