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Michelle McKinnon acts for business and government bodies in matters relating to employment, labour relations and human rights. She also has significant experience in disputes involving corporate governance and conflicts of interest. She is qualified to practise in South Africa as well as British Columbia.

Prior to joining McMillan, Michelle practised at a Vancouver boutique law firm focused on workplace law and advocacy.

Earlier in her career as a partner at Africa’s largest law firm, Michelle provided employment, labour and regulatory advice to local, cross-border, Chinese, US and UK clients expanding into and conducting business in various countries in Africa. She also provided employment transactional advice for the firm’s corporate clients. Over this time, Michelle was part of the legal team that helped establish the right of the employer to require a terminated employee to stay away from the workplace during the notice period (gardening leave) as part of the common law in South Africa.




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Education & Admissions

2019
Called to the British Columbia bar
2012
Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
2009
LLBStellenbosch University
2007
B.Comm., LawStellenbosch University

Publications

Insights (22 Posts)

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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, November 18
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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