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Jennifer A. Thompson

Associate

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2

+1.902.420.3385

+1.902.420.1417

jthompson@stewartmckelvey.com

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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): England and Wales, 2012 (non-practicing); Nova Scotia, 2019

Legal Assistant(s): Susan Snow

Jennifer practices in our labour and employment group and advises employers on a range of matters from policies and procedures, to terminations, human rights issues and pensions and benefits. She works with employers of various sizes and industries, including multijurisdictional companies and federally regulated organizations, to provide high-quality advice that meets their needs and expectations. Jennifer has international business experience, having worked as a commercial officer at a multi-national aerospace company in Germany, which gave her a strong understanding of how businesses operate.  Jennifer’s experience includes:

  • Acting as junior counsel for a federally regulated telecommunications organization in a successful defence of an unjust dismissal complaint pursuant to the Canada Labour Code
  • Appearing as junior counsel before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in a human rights complaint involving disability
  • Appearing as junior counsel in a mediation-arbitration under the Nova Scotia Trade Union Act
  • Assisting employers with human rights complaints involving family status, sex, disability and race, under both the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • Assisting a national jewelry retailer in drafting workplace policies, employment contracts, bonus schemes, reduction in pay notices, and temporary layoff notices.
  • Assisting small employers with the drafting of employment contracts
  • Advising and assisting employers with the preparation of harassment and workplace violence policies to meet their obligations under provincial legislation across Atlantic Canada
  • Assisting Nova Scotia organizations with the drafting of termination letters and release agreements
  • Assisting a social care organization in reviewing and drafting employee handbooks, and advising on unfair labour practice complaints.
  • Assisting an international supplier of seafood products in arbitrations and employee termination matters.
  • Assisting municipal services clients in workplace investigation matters for alleged workplace bullying.
  • Assisting an international tire manufacturer in drafting workplace policies, including a work-life flexibility policy, critically ill childcare leave policy, harassment policy, and reviewing Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims.
  • Assisting a living assistance organization in drafting independent contractor agreements.
  • Assisting a pension provider with the review of their disability pension documentation and policies
  • Advising the trustees of a pension fund on their disclosure obligations in respect of investments

Education & Career

Education

National Certificate of Accreditation, FLSC, 2017
BPP Law School, UK, Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction), 2010
University of Cambridge, BA (Law), 2009

Activities

Member, CACE
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Accolades

BPP Law School Prize for highest mark in 2009/2010 Full-time cohort

Thought Leadership

 
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