Education

  • JD, 2011
    University of Western Ontario
  • B.A. (Honours), English and Sociology, 2007
    University of Alberta

Year of Call/Admission

  • British Columbia, 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Matthew Larsen

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Matthew is an associate in the firm’s Labour, Employment & Human Rights practice group where he advises a variety of organizations on a wide range of issues involving all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law. He also advises clients regarding privacy issues and has experience conducting workplace bullying and harassment investigations.

Matthew has experience representing clients before multiple administrative tribunals, including the Provincial Court and the B.C. Supreme Court, and has gained a wide breadth of experience with British Columbia’s commercial arbitration process.

Before his career in law, Matthew worked in a wide range of industries (service, retail, mining, utilities) and workspaces, both union and non-union. This experience allows him to quickly gain an understanding of a client’s business, to provide strategic advice and to obtain cost-effective and favourable resolutions to workplace disputes, whether that be through the litigation process or a negotiated settlement.

Employment

Matthew’s practice has a particular focus on employment law. He has experience providing clients with effective solutions to workplace issues, this includes:

  • Wrongful dismissal claims
  • Constructive dismissal claims
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Drafting employment agreements
  • Enforcing restrictive covenants
  • Employment standards complaints

Labour Relations

Matthew regularly advises employers who have union operations or who are facing an application from a union, this includes:

  • Successor and common employer applications
  • Plant closure and severance pay disputes
  • Labour disputes: strikes, picketing and replacement worker applications
  • Collective agreement interpretation issues
  • Arbitration hearings
  • Policy grievances

Human Rights

When it comes to human rights, Matthew’s experience allows him to advise clients on issues related to human rights law, this includes:

  • Responding to human rights complaints
  • Advising employers regarding the duty to accommodate, including accommodating addictions

Privacy

Privacy is another part of Matthew’s practice, and he has gained experience advising employers on various privacy issues, including:

  • Workplace surveillance
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Compliance with PIPA and FIPPA

Community Involvement

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