Dianne Rideout Photo
Dianne Rideout Photo
Dianne Rideout Photo

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

News


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labour Relations
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law

Directorships & Affiliations

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

Education & Admissions

2005
Called to the British Columbia bar
2006
Called to the Newfoundland bar
2004
LLB (with Distinction) and MBAUniversity of New Brunswick
1999
B.Sc.Memorial University of Newfoundland

Publications

Insights (38 Posts)

Featured Insight

Change to Paid Sick Leave for BC Employees

BC Government amends new paid sick leave to entitlement based on calendar year and extends entitlement to unionized employees.

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Apr 13, 2022
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BC Lifting COVID Mandates

Significant changes to the Provincial COVID mandates announced in advance of spring break.

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Mar 10, 2022
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Federal Employer’s First Annual Harassment and Violence Occurrence Report

Deadline for Federal Employers to file First Annual Harassment and Violence Occurrence Report coming March 1, 2022.

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Feb 11, 2022
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Coming Soon to a Clinic Near You: Mandatory Vaccination for Private Regulated Health Professionals

The BC Government announced on February 9, 2022 that a new Public Health Order will mandate vaccination for all private regulated health professionals.

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Feb 11, 2022
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Federal Government Accepting Comments on Exemptions to Hours of Work Requirements in Air and Rail Transportation, Banking and Telecommunications Sectors

Employers in transportation, banking and telecommunications sectors have until February 23 to comment on proposed hours of work exemptions.

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Feb 2, 2022
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BC Government Published Workplace Safety Order Mandating COVID-19 Safety Plans

On January 20, 2022, the BC Government published the Workplace Safety order mandating COVID-19 Safety Plans for certain BC workplaces.

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COVID-19 Safety Plans Reinstated for BC Employers

On January 7, 2022, the BC Government announced that BC employers will again be required to implement COVID-19 Safety Plans in their workplaces.

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Jan 7, 2022
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Does the New Omicron Variant Have You Rethinking Your Return To Office Policies?

Many companies have put forth plans for a gradual re-entry into the office, however current circumstances are proving to be a challenge in this evolving landscape.

Join McMillan’s Employment and Labour experts on Tuesday, January 11th, for a panel discussion as they address your questions and concerns about policies, protocols, obligations and other considerations as you evaluate your RTO strategy.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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Mandatory vaccination for federally regulated workplaces coming early 2022

Regulations are being proposed to the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for all federally regulated employees from early 2022

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Dec 16, 2021
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Federal Government Announces Paid Sick Leave for Federally Regulated Private Sector Employees

Federal Government announced amendments to the Canada Labour Code to provide federally regulated private sector employees with 10 days paid sick leave.

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Nov 29, 2021
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Paid Sick Leave for BC Employees: What We Know So Far

With effect from January 1, 2022, employees in British Columbia will be entitled to 5 days paid sick leave.

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Nov 26, 2021
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British Columbia Announces Paid Sick Leave Effective January 1, 2022

With effect from January 1, 2022, employees in British Columbia will be entitled to 5 days paid sick leave.

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Nov 24, 2021
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Addressing Unique Challenges Faced by Federally Regulated Employers

Federally regulated employers have had to adapt to a number of legal changes and challenges in recent years. This virtual workshop will focus on how to address some of the unique challenges faced by federally regulated employers.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccinations for Public Service and Health Care Visitors

Mandatory vaccinations for public service and health care visitors in British Columbia.

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Oct 8, 2021
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British Columbia Reinstates Facemasks in Indoor Public Settings

British Columbia Reinstates Facemasks in Indoor Public Settings

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Aug 25, 2021
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New Proof of Vaccination Requirement May Impact British Columbia Employers and Workplaces

New Public Health Order will require proof of vaccination for British Columbians to attend certain events, services and businesses.

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Aug 24, 2021
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“Breathing Issues” Resulting from Wearing a Face Mask Does Not Amount to a Protected Disability

The Human Rights Tribunal dismisses another discrimination complaint relating to a refusal to wear a face mask in a store.

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Aug 20, 2021
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The Federal Government and British Columbia Announces Mandatory Vaccinations

The Government of Canada and British Columbia's Public Health Officer announced mandatory vaccinations for certain workers.

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Aug 17, 2021
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BC Employers to Transition from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Plans

On June 17, 2021, the BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonny Henry, issued a statement to employers on transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable

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Jul 3, 2021
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CERB Payments Deductible from Wrongful Dismissal Damages

BC Supreme Court for the first time considers whether CERB payments would constitute mitigation earnings in the context of a wrongful dismissal.

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Jun 11, 2021
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Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave for British Columbia Employees

The British Columbia government has announced proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act to provide for paid sick leave.

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May 12, 2021
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McMillan’s Employment Law Breakfast Series

McMillan’s Vancouver Labour and Employment Group is proud to launch it’s first ever Breakfast Series covering key employment and human rights issues!

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
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Paid Vaccination Leave Now Officially Law in British Columbia

Bill 3 entitles BC employees to paid leave for up to 3 hours for each COVID-19 vaccination.

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Apr 28, 2021
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How do the New Travel Restrictions in British Columbia Impact Employers who Require Employees to Travel for Work Purposes?

A new Ministerial Order was made public today that restricts non-essential travel between three Regions in the Province. These restrictions will remain in effect.

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Apr 23, 2021
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Paid Vaccination Leave Proposed for British Columbia Employees

The British Columbia government has proposed an amendment to the Employment Standards Act to permit employees to take paid leave to get vaccinated.

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Apr 19, 2021
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British Columbia Employers Now at Risk of Expedited Workplace Closures

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

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Apr 12, 2021
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Personal Opinions Regarding Effectiveness of Masks Insufficient to Ground a Valid Human Rights Complaint

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

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Apr 11, 2021
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New Job-Protected Leave Announced for British Columbia Employees to Get Vaccinated

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

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Apr 6, 2021
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A Retailer’s Duty to Accommodate Disabilities That Interfere With a Customer’s Ability to Wear a Face Mask

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

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Apr 6, 2021
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Global Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know

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

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Mar 29, 2021
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Paid Time Off for Employees to Get Vaccinated Currently Being Considered for British Columbia

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

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Mar 29, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark? (February 10, 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.

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February 10, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

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?

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Dec 23, 2020
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McMillan’s Employment and Labour Webinar

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

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November 10, 2020 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
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Court Reinstates Million Dollar Damages Award to Constructively Dismissed Employee

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

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Oct 15, 2020
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Establishing the New Normal: Return to Work Considerations in the COVID-19 Era

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

Apr 29, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada

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

Apr 8, 2020
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BC Government Announces Important Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to COVID-19

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

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Mar 24, 2020