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The St. John’s Labour & Employment team is comprised of eight lawyers, including three partners, each recognized leaders in labour and employment law, and five associates. With our combined bench strength, we advise our clients on all types of labour and employment matters including grievances, human rights claims, hiring, terminations, collective bargaining,  arbitrations, harassment, wrongful dismissal litigation, matters pertaining to employee benefits and pensions, occupational health and safety, and executive employment.

Representative areas of our practice include:


During COVID-19 we have continued to help our clients navigate through the complex and ever-changing labour and employment legal landscape by providing advice on a range of issues, including:

  • The ever-changing provincial and federal COVID-19 legislations, regulations and support programs
  • Workplace re-opening plans
  • Mandatory Vaccine Policies with human rights accommodations and DFR complaints
  • Mental health and wellness during the pandemic
  • Workplace mask mandates (and corresponding human rights complaints)
  • Vaccination leave for employees


We provide a full range of services required in today’s complex employment environment with an ever-changing statutory regime, an aging workforce and the increasing importance of human capital. Areas on which we regularly advise include:

  • Employment, Contractor & Consultant Contracts
  • Executive Compensation
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Workplace Policies & Procedures
  • Workplace Restructurings
  • Purchase & Sale of Businesses
  • Employment Standards
  • Workplace Investigations (including harassment)
  • Terminations (and avoiding constructive dismissals)
  • Litigation
  • Employment Equity & Pay Equity


Stewart McKelvey represents many of Atlantic Canada’s leading corporate and institutional employers, both large and small, including many governed by the Canada Labour Code. Matters on which we frequently provide advice include:

  • Collective Agreement Interpretation and Administration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Grievance and Interest Arbitrations
  • Strikes & Lockouts
  • Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Labour Board proceedings including Certification, Decertification, Common Employer and Successor Rights
  • Change management

Occupational health & safety

Employers recognize the need to operate with a clear focus on workplace health & safety. We regularly advise and assist on such matters as:

  • Health & Safety Policies
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing Procedures & Protocols
  • Incident Responses (both internally & to Government)
  • Defending Prosecutions

Pensions and Benefits

In addition, our Labour & Employment Group includes many lawyers advising on Workers’ Compensation, Privacy and Immigration.


Your dedicated team

We recognize that workplace issues are time sensitive, and for that reason our lawyers are available whenever you need us. Please click on any of the team members below for a complete bio and contact information:

For a full listing of our Labour & Employment team throughout Atlantic Canada, please visit our Firm’s Labour & Employment page.

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