Employer Policies and Labour Law

September 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact VDLC Office 604-254-0703

About this Event

1 day - Sept 24, Thursday / 9:30am to 4:00pm Zoom Video Conference

This course will lay the foundation for your understanding of employer policies and their relationship to labour law. We will look at when employer policies are permitted and when they are not, when policies should be challenged, and what legal tests a policy will need to pass in order to hold up in arbitration. We will learn the “KVP test” utilized by arbitrators and look at more recent developments in case law.

Instructor: Melissa VanderHouwen, Moore Edgar Lyster LLP

Melissa (she/her) provides practical advice and cost-effective advocacy to unions regarding a wide variety of labour matters including discipline and discharge, collective agreement interpretation, policy grievances, organizing efforts, and unfair labour practice disputes. Melissa has appeared before the Human Rights Commission , the BC Labour Relations Board, and in federal and provincial grievance arbitrations.

In the community, Melissa serves on the executive of the CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum, and on the Board of Directors of a non-profit that promotes and encourages women in mountain biking. She has volunteered for LEAF, West Coast LEAF, the Canadian Red Cross, and as President of her varsity rowing teams at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University.

Instructor: Natasha L. Edgar, Moore Edgar Lyster LLP

Natasha (she/her) developed her passion for advocating on behalf of unions in law school, where she won the national Mathews Dinsdale and Clark National Labour Arbitration Competition. She provides legal advice that is thorough, practical and efficient. She takes a detail-oriented approach to understanding her clients’ problems before breaking things down to provide real-world solutions.

Natasha practices in all areas of union-side labour, employment, and human rights law, and has appeared before labour arbitrators, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal, and all levels of court.

In the community, Natasha has volunteered with the YWCA mentorship program, and on the Renters Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver.


Pre-registration is required as course space is limited - registration is open to all, union membership is not necessary. If class space is full please contact Elizabeth via email at [email protected] or phone 604-254-0703 to put your name on the waitlist.


Fees include material. Cancellations must be received 5 working days prior to course start for a refund. No-shows will be charged the full course fee. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis.


The Vancouver and District Labour Council acknowledges that its offices reside on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Employer Policies and Labour Law