Dianne Rideout regularly advises domestic and international clients in all aspects of the employment relationship, including provincial and federal employment law, hiring, discipline, termination, human rights, wrongful and constructive dismissals, and other employment related litigation. Dianne regularly acts for vendors and purchasers in connection with employment and labour implications arising from complex corporate transactions.

An experienced litigation lawyer, Dianne has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. She also represents clients at administrative hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal.

Dianne has also developed extensive experience in occupational health and safety law, providing day-to-day counsel on health and safety regulatory compliance; and guidance on reprisal complaints, workplace investigations, and serious and fatal incidents.

Adept at building strong relationships with clients, Dianne is also known for her composed courtroom demeanor. She is a regular contributor to the firm’s mentorship initiatives.

Speaking Engagements

Preparing for Further Changes to the Canada Labour code, Virtual conference, Co-Chair with Kyle Lambert

March 16 - 17, 2021

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Education & Admissions

Called to the British Columbia bar
Called to the Newfoundland bar
LLB (with Distinction) and MBAUniversity of New Brunswick
B.Sc.Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • “Bridge: Employment Law column,” British Columbia Dental Organization Newsletter

Insights by Dianne Rideout (13 Posts)

British Columbia Employers Now at Risk of Expedited Workplace Closures

Apr 12, 2021

Effective April 12, 2021, health authorities will have the power to order the temporary closure of businesses as a
result of COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace

Personal Opinions Regarding Effectiveness of Masks Insufficient to Ground a Valid Human Rights Complaint

Apr 11, 2021

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed another complaint relating to a refusal to wear a mask based on religious belief and employment.

New Job-Protected Leave Announced for British Columbia Employees to Get Vaccinated

Apr 6, 2021

New job-protected leave announced for British Columbia employees to get vaccinated.

A Retailer’s Duty to Accommodate Disabilities That Interfere With a Customer’s Ability to Wear a Face Mask

Apr 6, 2021

The BC Human Rights Tribunal has issued its first decision relating to discrimination in the context of mandated mask policies.

Global Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know

Mar 29, 2021

This article provides an overview of the legal issues employers need to consider when implementing remote working in Canada.

Paid Time Off for Employees to get Vaccinated Currently Being Considered for British Columbia

Mar 29, 2021

Employees in British Columbia may soon be entitled to paid time off work to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark? (February 10, 2021)

Feb 1, 2021

While mass vaccination hasn’t arrived, employers are already wrestling with what the rules should be as we start to return to a new normal.

Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

Dec 23, 2020

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

McMillan’s Employment and Labour Webinar

Nov 10, 2020

This annual workshop addresses significant legal developments and provides practical advice on responding to employee issues.

Court Reinstates Million Dollar Damages Award to Constructively Dismissed Employee

Oct 15, 2020

Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. recently set a very high bar for employers seeking to limit an employee's
common law right to bonus payments

Establishing the New Normal: Return to Work Considerations in the COVID-19 Era

Apr 29, 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen in some jurisdictions, employers must consider the return to work process and what that entails.

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada

Apr 8, 2020

This webinar is designed to provide clarity on a range of employment law topics and cover up to the minute government programs.

BC Government Announces Important Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020

The Government of BC announced today the following important changes to the Employment Standards Act in response to the COVID-19 emergency: