Laurie M. Robson

Laurie M. Robson  

Partner

Executive Summary

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, sexual harassment and discrimination claims, human rights, drug and alcohol testing policy drafting, privacy, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, disability management, employment benefits, hiring and firing, employment contract drafting, executive contract negotiations, executive compensation review and 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 Occupational Health and Safety matters.  She has conducted matters under the Canadian Human Rights Code 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 on the BLG Women’s Leadership Development Committee.

Representative Work

  • Represents management at labour board hearings including unfair labour practice complaints, successor employer applications and representation votes.
  • Prepares company human resources policies covering all aspects of workplace rules, safe operating procedures and health and safety programs, including drug and alcohol testing.
  • Advises clients on privacy issues arising in the employment context, including the use of electronic devices and protection of confidential and proprietary information.
  • Assists management with the implementation of performance management programs, including discipline and terminations for just cause.
  • Provides management with severance proposals for reductions in force, including individual employee terminations and mass reductions in force.
  • Conducts investigations into workplace conduct, including violence, harassment and discrimination in the workplace, occupational health and safety accidents and fatality investigations.
  • Prepares and reviews incident reports in respect of Occupational Health and Safety obligations.
  • Represents management and executives in wrongful dismissal litigation matters, including trials, arbitrations and mediations.

Publications & Presentations

  • Editorial Board Member, Executive Employment, Federated Press quarterly journal, year-present.
  • Author, “Employee Privacy in the Workplace – Ontario Court of Appeal Revisits the Tort of Invasion of Privacy and Damages,” Executive Employment, Federated Press, Volume XVII, No. 4, 2012.
  • Author, “Provincial Employment Law” chapter of BLG’s Employment Law:  Solutions for the Canadian Workplace, Specialty Technical Publishers (annual update), 2000-present.
  • Speaker, “When Accommodation Just Isn’t Working,” Lorman Education Services Conference/Seminar on Workplace Accommodation in Alberta, December 7 and 13, 2011.
  • Speaker, “Reductions in Force Across Borders,” National Foreign Trade Council Annual International Human Resources Management Forum, March 10-11, 2010.
  • Speaker, “Terminating for Performance,” Western Canada Employee Terminations and Restructuring Conference, September 28-29, 2009.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star. ​
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment and Labour: Alberta).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Labour and Employment Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated.