Sandra Banister, K.C. (King's Counsel) over 30 years experience as a labour & employment law lawyer

30+ yr. experience:
wrongful dismissal, employment law, labour law, human rights, employment contracts drafting & reviews
labour law
Downtown Vancouver Office sandra-banister-qc
Rose-Keith-QC-workplace-employment-law- ROSE KEITH,

Workplace Law Lawyer & Mediator
25+ yr. with employers & employees:
wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal & human rights, workplace bullying & harassment policies- procedures.
Downtown Vancouver
Jonathan-Hanvelt-MA-LLB labour-employment lawyer JONATHAN HANVELT,

Labour / employment lawyer:
Human Rights,
BC Labour Board,
Workers' Compensation & WorkSafeBC: claims, review & appeals
Downtown Vancouver, Marine Building
Offices of Banister Law
Jeremy Bryant, JD, labour and employment lawyer with Banister & Company JEREMY BRYANT, JD
represented clients at Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards Branch,
Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
Downtown Vancouver Marine Bldg. Office
Ferhad-Sean-Amiri-JD-BC & Ontario office in Metrotown Mall across from Superstore checkouts, does employment law, business law, real estate and wills - fluent in Dari and Farsi (Persian), Pashto, Urdu, and Hindi

BC & Ontario Lawyer
employment law, business law, real estate
fluent in Dari & Farsi خدمات به زبان فارسی (Persian), Pashto, Urdu, & Hindi
Metro Law offices at Burnaby. Metropolis at Metrotown Mall across from Superstore checkouts
Frank Baily, 40 years experience in business law, employment law, civil litigation, office in Metro Tower 2, Metropolis at Metrotown mall, Burnaby, BC FRANK BAILY, B.Sc. LL.B.
Business lawyer
40 yrs. experience in Employment law,
Effective May 31st, 2021, Frank Baily

practice taken over by
Offices of Chee Dusevic
Metrotower II, Metropolis at Metrotown,
Burnaby, BC
cheedusevic .com/
Andrea Rasmussent, LLB, business commercial contracts lawyer, experienced with employer-employee issues in Guildford area of Surrey BC -
B.F.A., LL.B.

Business lawyer
Employer / Employee Issues (negotiations, contract review, drafting & advice, Wrongful Dismissal issues & Employment Standards law)
Wilson Rasmussen
Surrey, B.C.
Sorel Leinburd, LLB business-technology IP-IT almost 30 yrs. lawyer in Vancouver, on W.Broadway Ave. Vancouver SOREL LEINBURD

Business & Technology
Transactional Law
Employee Agreements
Vancouver, West Broadway Office
BRUCE REDEKOP, JD, 30+ yrs. in business law: fr. incorporations to succession plans, employment contracts, leases,etc.  office on West Broadway, Vancouver BRUCE REDEKOP,

Business organizations & reorganizations
Employment Law
Succession Planning
Vancouver, BC
West Broadway Office

JD, U.Alberta
Employment & Labour
Employment Contracts
Civil Litigation
Small Claims BC
Fuent in English & Korean simon-joo Patrola Law Corp
Surrey, B.C.
Lorenzo Oss-Cech, BSc LLB, experienced civil litigation and employment law lawyer LORENZO OSS-CECH
B.Sc. LL.B.

Employment law
ALERT - RE COVID 19 - issues re Employment Law and COVID-19Covid 19 & Employment Issues
Brain injury, ICBC settlements, Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Civil litigation lawyer in Victoria, BC
Michael O'Connor, Kings Counsel MICHAEL O'CONNOR,

Civil litigation,
Employment law,
Personal injury / ICBC claims,
Estate litigation, Medical malpractice, Wills
downtown Victoria office michael-j-oconnor-qc
Dirk Ryneveld, King's Counsel, K.C., handles both private & government clients on administrative law and civil litigation issues, associate of McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson in downtown Victoria DIRK RYNEVELD,

advises both private & government clients on administrative law & civil litigation issues.
also Medical malpractice,
ICBC claims,
Employment law see Independent
Workplace investigations

Victoria office
DANA QUANTZ, lawyer experienced in employment-workplace law, and WCB Worksafe BC reviews DANA QUANTZ,

Employment lawyer: Wrongful Dismissal
Constructive Dismissal
Discrimination, Harassment, & Human Rights
Workers Compensation Tribunal (WCAT) claims, appeals & reviews ALERT - RE COVID 19 - issues re Employment Law and COVID-19
Sarah Klinger, LLB called to BC Bar 2001
20+ years experience
Employment Law,
wrongful dismissal
employment contracts

Estate Litigation
& Personal Injury
Victoria office (by appoinment only)
& Langford office

See also

Articles & Info. Wrongful Dismissal / Employment Law


Constructive Dismissal: getting fired without getting fired

Wrongful resignation

See also:

Corporate-Business Lawyers Listings


Metro Vancouver


Dana Quantz, JD on Youtube interview on Safe Work Environments & Refusal to Work- by Ascend 101 media service 2021 watch?v=mZAUqNPR50k Safe Work Environments and Refusal to Work - BC Employment Law in a Changing World - Part I

Employment Law and COVID-19
COVID-19 - Summary of employment law issues and how they may affect you - click to main article by Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt, law firm in Victoria, BC
Victoria employment, wrongful dismissal & business lawyers at Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt examine issues on impact of Covid 19 on B.C. Employment Law

James Hutchison, business, IP law; Barri Marlatt, injury & wills; Andrew Tomlison, business commercial law; Lorenzo Oss-Cech, civil litigation, employment, wealth management, brain injury; Dana Quantz, employment standards, WCB appeals, ICBC injury law;,  Esteban T. Kähs , civil litigation, family law

"In these uncertain times with businesses and public entities being ordered to shut down or voluntarily shutting down, employers and employees dealing with mass lay-offs, an employment insurance system being vastly revised and many other pressures, it is clear that our employment law is being looked at with a different interest at the moment. ..."  We have put up a web page with the following CONTENTS AREAS:

  • COVID-19 and Safe Work Environments: Workers Compensation
  • Employment Insurance Eligibility and Sickness Benefits
  • Employment Insurance Applications
  • Lay-Off vs. Dismissal
  • Lay-Off of Provincially Regulated and Non-Unionized Employees
  • Lay-Offs in Federally Regulated Industries
  • Lay-Off of Unionized Employees
  • Frustration: Impact on BC Employment Standards Act
  • Frustration: Common Law
  • Mitigation: Reasonableness in an Unreasonable Time

For more details about the above contents go to: practices/ employment-law/ employment-law-and-covid-19

BC Employment Standards Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 113

The purposes of the Act are stated as document/id/ complete/ statreg/ 00_96113_01#section2 - following points are quoted from the Act:

(a) to ensure that employees in British Columbia receive at least basic standards of compensation and conditions of employment;

(b) to promote the fair treatment of employees and employers;

(c) to encourage open communication between employers and employees;

(d) to provide fair and efficient procedures for resolving disputes over the application and interpretation of this Act;

(e) to foster the development of a productive and efficient labour force that can contribute fully to the prosperity of British Columbia;

(f) to contribute in assisting employees to meet work and family responsibilities.

See copy of the Act online at document/ id/complete/ statreg/ 00_96113_01#part12 this on-line Act is current to August 12, 2020 (as of Sept. 04, 2020 - when reference made on this site to the site)

"The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and work-life balance for employees." ( quote 2020.09.04 from BC Government Web site at: gov/content/ employment-business/ employment-standards-advice/employment-standards )

This is a screen-shot of the Menu of the B.C. Government web site information, mentioned above, click on the image and it will take you directly to the site:

Screen Shot of BC Government web introduction and explanation of the BC Employment Standards Act guidelines and regulations - click to their website

What does Employment Standards Act say about "Getting Fired for Just Cause"?
Go to content/ employment-business/ employment-standards-advice/ employment-standards/termination/quit-fired#getting-fired

Employers must prove "just cause"

If an employer proves an employee was fired for just cause, there is no requirement to pay compensation for length of service.

An employer can fire an employee with just cause if they commit a serious offence. For example, if an employee steals, commits fraud, acts dishonestly, assaults or harasses others, or breaks company rules.

Unsatisfactory performance (e.g. an employee is unable to perform job duties) or minor misconduct (e.g. lateness or not coming to work) are not considered just cause. An employer can fire an employee for these reasons as long as they give notice and/or pay.

An employer may be able to fire an employee for these reasons without notice or pay if they can show they did certain things. For example, the employer must prove that the employee:

  • Was told clearly what the employer's reasonable standards are
  • Was told that they weren't meeting the standards
  • Had reasonable time and help to meet the standards
  • Was warned that they would be fired if they did not improve their behaviour
  • Still didn't meet the standards after all of the above

Employers must provide clear and consistent standards for all staff. They also need to act in a reasonable amount of time to correct employee behaviour. If they cannot show proof that they did this, they may not be able to prove just cause.

Employers do not need to give written notice or pay if they fire an employee for just cause.

Employees who feel they have been fired without just cause can sue for wrongful dismissal. This is different than making a complaint for compensation for length of service with the Employment Standards Branch. If an employee chooses to go to court, they should seek legal advice.  The Employment Standards Branch cannot provide legal advice. [emphasis added]

(above quoted from Employment Standards Act government web site info. last updated August 31, 2020 at link gov/ content/ employment-business/employment-standards-advice/ employment-standards/termination/ quit-fired#getting-fired)


Rose Keith, QC, workplace law, employment law, mediator - with Harper Grey law offices in downtown Vancouver

Rose Keith, K.C., workplace lawyer and mediator, has over 25 years "... extensive experience advising both employers and employees on employment related matters including:
 · wrongful dismissal,
 · constructive dismissal and
 · human rights. 

Her practice has included:
 · work place investigations &
 · development of comprehensive work place policies including creation and implementation of bullying and harassment policies and procedures."

ROSE KEITH, K.C. Partner,
Harper Grey LLP
3200 - 650 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4P7
Tel:  604 895 2911

Go to her webprofile at lawyer/ rose-keith

See some of Rose Keith, QC articles

Sandra Banister, QC & Jonathan Hanvelt, MA LLB -  photos with background photo of The  Marine Building on Burrard St. Vancouver, where Banister Law offices are located Sandra Banister, QC, 30 years experience in  employment law, labour law,   wrongful dismissals, WCB reviews and appeals

Sandra Banister LLB  K.C.
Wrongful Dismissal & Employment Law Lawyer.

Over 30 years experience in labor law, Human Rights & Employment law.

Sandra has practiced labour law and civil litigation (with an emphasis on employment and personal injury law) for over 30 years.

Born and raised in the lower mainland, Sandra graduated from law school at the University of British Columbia, and was subsequently called to the British Columbia bar in 1982, after completing a clerkship with the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Sandra regularly appears at the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, labour arbitrations, the British Columbia Labour Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal.  She has also appeared before the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Quebec Superior Court and the Manitoba Queen’s Bench.

She draws on over 30 years of administrative law and personal injury / trial law experience in her work with wrongful dismissal / wrongful resignation clients and consultation regarding employment contracts.

Sandra has also served as counsel representing labor unions such as:

For more information go to

#670 - 355 Burrard St.  ( The Marine Building )
Vancouver,   BC, Canada    V6C 2G8
Telephone:  604-662-7276
Phone Toll Free  1-877-662-7276.

Jonathan Hanvelt, MA LLB

Jonathan has been practicing with Banister & Company since 2010.  See

Jonathan Hanvelt, labor lawyer and employment law lawyer with Banister and Co. in downtown Vancouver, BC

On graduating from the University of Victoria's faculty of law in 2007 - he clerked at the British Columbia Supreme Court and completed his articles with a large downtown law firm.

He has appeared at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the British Columbia Provincial Court.  He has also Represented clients at:

 -  the BC Human Rights Tribunal,
 -  the British Columbia Labour Board,
 -  the Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal,
 -  the Review Division of WorkSafe and /review_ and_ appeals/ ... division
 -  at mediation.

Jonathan has taught at the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School and currently sits on the Employment Standards Coalition, an organization that is seeking legislative reform to better working conditions in the province.

Marine Building, in downtown Vancouver where Jonathan Hanvelt is with the offices of Banister and Company. - click to website

Jonathan Hanvelt,
Barrister & Solicitor
Banister and Company,
670 - 355 Burrard St.
(Marine building)
Vancouver, BC

Phone:  604-662-7276
Toll Free:  1-877-662-7276

Web site:

Jeremy Bryant, JD, labour and employment lawyer with Banister & Company

Jeremy Bryant BA JD

Jeremy has been practicing with Banister & Company since 2017. He also articled and worked as a summer student with the firm.

Jeremy has represented clients at the Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards Branch, and Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

Jeremy enjoys teaching Labour Law and has taught courses for the Vancouver & District Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress' Winter School.

He has also volunteered as an Ombudsperson for B.C. Hockey.

Before attending law school, Jeremy served as Provincial First Vice President of the BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union.

Jeremy Bryant,
Barrister & Solicitor
Banister and Company,
670 - 355 Burrard St.
(Marine building)
Vancouver, BC

Phone:  604-662-7276
Toll Free:  1-877-662-7276

Web site:

Ferhad Sean Amiri JD. practice includes: Family Law, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Immigration and Personal Injury. He is licensed to practice law both in British Columbia and Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada - office in Metropolis at Metrotown mall

fluent in Dari, Farsi خدمات به زبان فارسی, Pashto, Urdu & Hindi

Licensed to practice in BC and Ontario.

His practice areas are:  Family Law, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Immigration & Personal Injury

Ferhad Sean Amiri JD. practice includes: Family Law, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Immigration and Personal Injury. He is licensed to practice law both in British Columbia and Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada - office in Metropolis at Metrotown mall

We are located inside Metropolis at Metrotown Mall across from the Super Store checkouts.

Our mailing address is:
Suite 1141 - 4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada, V5H 4M1.

To book an appointment and or for further inquiry please contact us:
Phone: 604. 434. 5100.

Website Profile:


Sorel Lienburd, technolgy business lawyer experienced in employment contracts, at his offices at 1333 West Broadway in Vancouver


Sorèl advises clients in business and technology law

While Sorèl does not spend the majority of his time in employment law directly, the issues comes up frequently as he assists business clients in their development plans and of course employment contracts for non-union/ management/ professional staff

Experienced in employment contract development and review in the high-tech software development sector

"His practice focuses on a few select areas of corporate, business, and technology law with expertise covering business formations, governance, shareholders matters, financing, employee agreements, technology development, licensing, commercial transactions, buying and selling companies, and tax-driven restructurings." (quote from our-people/sorel-leinburd/ 2020.09.11)


  • Consulting Agreements
  • Commercial Financing
  • Corporate Financing
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Franchising
  • Incorporations
  • Lease Law
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Software Development
  • Technology Agreements
  • Trademarks

Bell Alliance LLP
Suite 201-1367 W. Broadway,
Vancouver, BC,
Canada V6H 4A7
Phone: 604-484-0277


Bruce Redekop, JD, 30 yrs experience as business lawyer, for start-ups, commercial leases, company maintenance services, employment law etc. - based on West Broadway, Vancouver, BC


Some of the areas that Bruce can assist with include:

  • Business organizations and reorganizations
  • Business or property sales and acquisitions
  • Finance
  • Trade-marks and intellectual property
  • Contracts
  • Lease matters
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial disputes
  • Business and property succession

Bruce's clientele is comprised of entrepreneurs, independent business owners and professionals.

Bell Alliance
Suite 201 - 1367 West Broadway,
Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4A7

Tel: 604 873 8723
Toll Free:  1.888.577.9904 our-people/bruce-redekop/

An introduction to range of services lawyers offer employers and employees
from McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson

Employment law is a complex and rapidly-developing area. Our lawyers act for both employees and employers, bringing experience and expertise to the table when assisting with a range of employment issues.

For employers, we offer services to help deal with problems before they happen. Using well-crafted employment contracts and policy manuals helps make sure that your expectations for employees are clear, and will protect your business if disputes arise.

When problems can't be avoided, we'll help you find a fair solution that meets your business needs. Our lawyers are equipped to support your business through legal disputes, or to help reach a fair and unbiased resolution internally by acting as independent third-party investigators.

For employees, we help make sure that your rights are protected. If you're facing termination, discrimination, or harassment at work, you can trust our lawyers to advocate for you and help you get the result you deserve. We're also happy to review employment contracts, severance packages, and other employment agreements (such as non-disclosure, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements) and explain them to you in plain language.

We can help you with:

  • Drafting and reviewing employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and employer policy manuals
  • Enforcing or challenging employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Wrongful, constructive, or just cause dismissals
  • Termination of employment
  • Severance package reviews
  • Pension and benefit issues
  • Workplace harassment and bullying
  • Workplace discrimination and human rights complaints
  • read Independent third-party workplace investigations

Our Victoria - lawyers who practice employment law include:

Michael O'Connor, KC MICHAEL O'CONNOR,

Employment Law
Civil Litigation
Photo of Dirk Ryneveld, QC DIRK RYNEVELD,

Employment law,
Workplace investigations


Lorenzo Oss-Cech, Victoria civil litigation  lawyer experienced in the area of brain injuries from car accidents, as well as litigation in the area of employment law


Lorenzo is a skilled litigator who works with clients in wrongful dismissal and other employment contract litigation.

He is fluent in Italian, Spanish and has a good working knowledge of French.

Lorenzo has extensive knowledge and experience in the following areas of law:

Lorenzo is very involved in volunteering. He is active in the Access to Justice pro-bono clinics, which offer free legal advice to people unable to afford it.  He was a board member of the YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria for 6 years, for 2 of which he was President YMCA/YWCA of Vancouver Island.

Lorenzo is an active board member and legal counsel for The David Foster Foundation.

Lorenzo G. Oss-Cech
Barristers & Solicitor
#1 - 505 Fisgard St.
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 1R3
Phone:  (250) 360-2500
Toll Free:  1-866-887-4878

Map to office:  Victoria location

Dana Quantz, JD employment law, wrongful dismissal, WCAT (WCB) reviews (appeals)


Dana is an experienced trial lawyer who has worked with Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria Law School.

Dana regularly assists employers and employees with:

Dana has sat on the Board of the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition and regularly represents clients at the British Columbia Supreme Court, Human Rights Tribunal, and Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

Contact him for a free consultation.  He will do his best to make sure you are properly represented.

Dana Quantz
Barristers & Solicitor
#1 - 505 Fisgard St.
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 1R3
Phone:  (250) 360-2500
Toll Free:  1-866-887-4878

Web profile: lawyers/ dana-g-quantz/

Michael O'Connor, QC,  over 30 years experience as civil litigation, including employment law lawyer in Victoria, BC

Michael James O'Connor,

Michael has been a Founding Partner at McConnan, Bion, O'Connor & Peterson since 1976. 

Michael's preferred areas of practise include:
- personal injury ICBC claims, traumatic brain injury litigation,
- wills and estates
- conveyancing,
- as well as all forms of civil litigation, including expropriation, property tax assessment appeals and contract disputes, including employment law.

Michael was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2006.  Michael chaired the highly successful Capital Campaign of the Greater Victoria Hospital Foundation, "Together We Care", raising 17 million dollars for the hospitals on Southern Vancouver Island. 
In 2007 he was the Master of Ceremonies at the Victoria Hospital's Foundation Gala, on November 17, 2007 which raised over $387,000 for "Visions [fundraising event] will be used to support The Royal Jubilee Hospital's (RJH) Ophthalmology Division and purchase a Retinal Microscope and Camera. RJH's Ophthalmology Division is the referral site for all Vancouver Island patients requiring specialized eye surgery." [cited in]
[see also Vancouver Island Health Authority - Hospitals info.]

He is a member of the CH Channel 6 [TV Station] Community Advisory Board and a Trustee of the British Columbia Government House Foundation. He has held several executive positions with several sports bodies at the local, Provincial and National levels. 

Michael J. O'Connor, K.C.
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corporation
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7
Phone:  250-385-1383
Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Web Site:
Map to office 880 Douglas St. CLICK TO LARGE Victoria street map location for office of Michael O'Connor, King's Counsel,  civil litigation, including employment law,  - with McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson law corp

Dirk Ryneveld, King's Counsle,  legal advisor to Government & private clients, also handles: employment law,  wills & estates, and medical malpractice cases

LL.B (U. of Sask. 1971), Called to Bar of BC 1972

Areas of practice:  Legal Advisor to Government Clients (Administrative Law)/ Private clients for: Personal Injury Law / Real Estate / Wills & Estates / Employment Law

Toll free:  1-888-385-1383

Dirk joined McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Law Corp. as Associate Counsel in June 2009, after a six-year term as Police Complaint Commissioner for BC.  Prior to that, Dirk was a Senior Trial Attorney from 1999 - 2003 at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague, as lead counsel for the prosecution of the Kosovo component of the Slobodan Milosevic trial.  He has also appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada, as Deputy Regional Crown Counsel from 1974 - 1999.

Although he is currently primarily engaged in prosecutions for the Federal Crown, Dirk has a varied litigation practice advising both private and government clients.  His practice also includes personal injury claims, real estate matters, wills and estates, medical malpractice and employment law.

Dirk has frequently lectured on international criminal law at conferences in Europe and in Canada.  He has also trained and instructed Iraqi Judges on international criminal law in Dubai on behalf of the International Bar Association.  Dirk is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors; is past President of the Canadian Association of Civilian Oversight Law Enforcement, and a past elected representative of the Canadian Bar Association for Victoria.

DIRK RYNEVELD, K.C., Barrister & Solicitor
McConnan Bion O'Connor & Peterson Law Corp.
Suite # 420 - 880 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2B7

Phone: 250-385-1383
Toll free:  1-888-385-1383
Email: Website:
Map to office 880 Douglas St.

Vancouver downttown tall office towers as seen from Georgia & Burrard St. looking north-west

Sandra Banister, QC & Jonathan Hanvelt, MA LLB -  photos with background photo of The  Marine Building on Burrard St. Vancouver, where Banister Law offices are located - CLICK TO

Reference news/magazine articles on Canada employment/labour/workplace law