Bruce R. Grist practices labour, employment and human rights law. He provides legal advice on all matters related to employment in both the private and public sectors including federally and provincially regulated employers. He gives proactive advice and provides both training and seminars to clients to educate clients as to their rights and responsibilities with respect to employment, labour and human rights issues. He additionally shares knowledge with members of the Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the Labour Law Section, Canadian Bar Association.
Bruce has acted as counsel to employers in approximately 200 arbitrations in both the federal and provincial jurisdictions. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Bruce has represented employers in over 100 Labour Relations Board hearings, court cases and human rights hearings. He has been named as one of the top lawyers in Canada in the labour and employment category.
Employment Law Advice
Bruce has an understanding of the variety of regimes and requirements that regulate the modern-day workplace. A regular part of his practice involves assisting businesses with creative and strategic planning on employment issues. He also assists clients with the preparation of employment contracts, resolution of employment disputes, and advice on termination of the employment relationship.
Bruce often provides advice on employment standards issues, such as wages and hours of work, individual and mass termination queries, and employment and statutory obligations.
One of Bruce’s most significant practice area involves human rights, which covers a broad spectrum of employment related issues including race, religion, gender and disability. Much of his experience in this practice area involves developing human rights policies, advising on the need for or review of a request for accommodation, and counselling employers on the process of investigations and decisions. While providing proactive advice to prevent issues from arising, Bruce also acts as counsel in arbitrations, Labour Relations Board hearings, Human Rights Tribunal hearings and has acted as counsel in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada on labour, employment and human rights matters.
Honours and Awards
- Peter S. Hyndman Award for Mentorship, 2012
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2010, 2012-2015 for Labour and Employment Law
- National Post-Best Lawyers® in Canada 2006 for Labour and Employment Law
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Repeatedly Recommended for Labour Relations
- Former Member, Police Board of Port Moody (1993-1995)
- Former Director and Secretary, Burnaby Lake Rugby Committee (1976-1995)
- Vancouver Bar Association
- Labour Law Subsection, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)