Professional Background

Melanie Samuels has extensive experience in Labour and Employment Law and has been practicing in this area for more than 25 years. She advises clients on all workplace issues including discipline and dismissals, individual and group severance arrangements, employment contracts and policies, human rights issues with a particular emphasis on harassment claims and issues related to the duty to accommodate, benefits administration, issues related to sale of business and bankruptcy and all other employment and labour related matters.

Melanie also specializes in business related immigration including applications for labour market opinions, exemption applications, and temporary work permits. She also assists in the filing of permanent residency applications under the Provincial Nominee Programs, the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program. She also assists with spousal sponsorships.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Lee College (University of Judaism/ UCLA): 1986
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia: 1989
  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia: 1990
  • Advising on individual termination and group layoffs in non-union and unionized workforces;
  • Advising on employment issues related to sales of business and bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Negotiating and drafting Employment Agreements;
  • Preparing and implementing Personnel Policies including Workplace Harassment Policies and investigating human rights complaints
  • Filing labour market opinion applications and exemptions for mining and hospitality industries and in unusual circumstances
  • Advising on all matters relating to business immigration including work permits, and permanent residency applications