Nicole Byres has decades of experience as a labour and employment lawyer, advising employers both as external and in-house counsel. Thanks to her business and industrial experience, commitment to client service, and creative problem-solving style, Nicole is a trusted advisor to her clients in a broad range of sectors including forest products, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and retail.
Nicole represents employers in labour arbitrations and other administrative tribunals including the Labour Relations Board and Human Rights Tribunal, and at all levels of courts in BC. She works collaboratively with her clients to provide strategic, practical advice for both provincially and federally regulated employers in the following areas:
Labour relations: collective bargaining negotiation, drafting, and interpretation; union certification, successorship, and bargaining unit changes; essential services applications; and applications in response to illegal picketing and strikes.
Employment law: employment agreements and executive compensation; termination of employees and defence of wrongful dismissal claims; drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants; employee issues arising from the purchase and sale of a business or business unit; employment policies including those related to code of conduct, protection of intellectual property and confidential information; management of employees with performance problems or medical restrictions; and workplace investigations, including those related to bullying and harassment complaints.
Occupational health and safety/workers compensation: prime contractor roles and responsibilities; advice and appeals of WorkSafe BC penalties, assessments, and accident assessments; and dealing with workplace incidents and fatalities.
Human rights, employment standards, and privacy: complaints, demands, investigations, applications, and judicial review.
Nicole also has many years of experience sitting on corporate and not-for-profit boards, and regularly advises boards on matters relating to corporate governance, board and senior leadership assessment and renewal, and fiduciary obligations of officers and directors.