Harris & Company LLP is Western Canada’s largest management-side employment and labour law firm and is consistently recognized as a leader in the field. Since our founding in 1992, we have grown to a team of 45 lawyers who assist clients in a wide range of industries, in both public and private sectors.
Harris was founded by ten partners with the objective of creating the best labour and employment law firm in the country. The decision to focus our practice on labour and employment enables us develop our knowledge, acumen, and experience in these areas which benefits our clients. When working with Harris, clients are confident they are working with an experienced team who understand the legal framework surrounding workplace law and are informed and knowledgeable about recent industry developments, significant decisions, and emerging issues. We provide our clients with creative, flexible, and intellectually aggressive advice, ensuring they have the information necessary to make sound decisions, solve problems, and take action to meet their business goals.
Harris offers employers a full range of labour law services. Fundamentally, we view our work as a partnership with clients: we help clients find solutions for both their day-to-day and complex human resource issues to avoid litigation and strengthen their business.
Harris advises non-union clients on all aspects of the employment relationship. We base our advice on: knowledge of the client’s strategic, personal, and business goals; specific issues in the workplace; and, the overall legal and business considerations in the industry. Our lawyers understand that in the case of a dispute, the best resolution meets the business’ overall goals and fosters important long-term relationships.
Harris lawyers provide strategic and thoughtful advice on all aspects of the Human Rights Code, provincial and federal human rights statutes, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We work with employers to identify potential risks and to ensure their workplace culture addresses new and changing legal realities.
Harris is a leader in education law in British Columbia representing and providing strategic and principled advice to K-12 education boards across the province. Harris understands schools and the challenges they face; we provide advice to public, independent, and First Nations school boards to assist them fulfill their educational mandate by preventing and solving problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Information and Privacy Law
Our team has significant expertise advising provincially regulated public bodies on their obligations under the FIPPA; federally regulated private sector employers on their obligations under the PIPEDA; and private sector employers on issues arising under the PIPA. We help clients navigate the competing obligations under this complex legislative framework and have represented clients in numerous complaints, inquiries, and reviews before the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
We work with clients using in-depth knowledge of, and experience with, federal and provincial statues and regulations regarding occupational health and safety to help them fulfill their legal rights and obligations, prevent future problems, and reduce costs. If a claim or incident arises in the workplace, we assist employers navigate the administrative process and fully represent them to protect their interests.
Business Immigration Law
Canadian immigration laws and policies often change without notice and with an increased emphasis on employer compliance. Harris provides legal counsel to keep our clients abreast of these changes and ensure they are prepared. We help clients navigate through complex immigration requirements and provide personalized guidance to employees regarding immigration options for themselves and their family members.
Harris understands that litigation should be the last step taken; we help clients first examine preventative and cost-effective alternatives such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. When needed, however, we vigorously and skillfully pursue all avenues of litigation, including issues relating to reasonable notice, just cause, and damages.