S. Michelle Blendell
S. MICHELLE BLENDELL represents employees, and public and private sector unions, in all aspects of workplace law, such as:
- Worker's Compensation;
- Human Rights;
- Professional Regulation;
- Privacy Law;
- Employment Law;
- Corporate and Society Matters;
- Labour Relations Code Matters; and
- Collective Agreement Administration.
Michelle's skill in researching and analyzing legal issues, and in distilling the applicable legal principles into practical and strategic legal advice have assisted her clients to successfully:
- obtain worker's compensation benefits;
- obtain appropriate workplace accommodation of disabilities;
- defend against complaints to the Teacher Regulation Branch;
- advance or defend against human rights complaints;
- respond to harassment complaints;
- negotiate severance packages upon termination of employment;
- meet disclosure requirements under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act;
- advance grievances before Labour Arbitrators;
- obtain certification and protect other rights under the Labour Relations Code; and
- incorporate companies and societies, and meet the reporting requirements under the Business Corporations Act and the Society Act.
Michelle's dedication to her clients, and her diligence and perseverance are evident in every case she handles.
Michelle's colleagues have also relied upon her legal analysis and written arguments in cases before the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board, and Labour Arbitrators.
Michelle has co-conducted a workshop and given presentations on the topics of workplace investigations and the duty to accommodate, at conferences on Human Rights and Accommodation, and Labour Arbitration. She has also written a number of conference papers on topics such as the duty to accommodate, privacy issues, and the protection of documents from disclosure.
Michelle obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, with a focus on labour-management relations. She completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia.
Michelle is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, with memberships with the Human Rights Law, Privacy Law, Employment Law, and Labour Law subsections. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.