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Michelle A. Willette
Partner
Legal Assistant
BIO

Michelle was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1999, having completed her education at Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Comm., 1988) and Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1998).

Michelle practices primarily management-side labour and employment law, acting on behalf of provincially and federally regulated employers. She represents private corporations and institutions, providing advice with respect to collective agreement negotiation and interpretation; employment contracts; employee terminations; labour standards; and human rights issues. She has appeared before various administrative tribunals and before all levels of court in the Province.

BACKGROUND

Bar Admission

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (1999)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University

Education

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Comm. 1988)
  • Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1998)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) (Member, Board of Directors 2013-2015)
  • Member, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council
  • Chair, Labour and Employment Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch (2007-08; 2008–09 and 2010-11)

Activities Within Firm

  • Regional Chair, Labour & Employment Practice Group (2014 – 2016)

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Board Member of Iris Kirby House (September 2016 – present)
  • Board Member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (October 2011-December 2016)
  • Board Member of the Peter’s Foundation (2007-2013)
  • Past Member of the Marketing & Communication sub-committee of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council
  • Past Board Member of Teachers on Wheels adult literacy organization (1999-2005)

Lectures & Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, Regional Webinar: Getting Down in the Weeds: Cannabis in the Workplace, May 2018
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, November 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Association: Drugs and Alcohol Testing, September 2017
  • Co-Presenter, International Personnel Managers Association of Canada, June 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Client Seminar: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, May 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Drug & Alcohol Testing: Part 2, November 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Drug & Alcohol Testing: Part 1, October 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Gender Expression, Gender Identity, October 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Newfoundland & Labrador Employers’ Council Case Law Update: Duties and Obligations of Employers in Termination, May 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Employment & Labour Hot Topics Panel, May 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Grant Thorton Seminar for Charities and Not-for-Profits: Constructive Dismissal, November 2014
  • Co-Presenter, CACE: Cross Canada Employment Law Check-Up, September 2014
  • Presenter, Client Presentation: Duty to Accommodate, August 2014
  • Presenter, Client Presentation: Terminations 101, June 2014
  • Panelist, Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador: Issues in Employment and Labour Law, November 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: WHSCC Claims: Legal Obligations & Practical Advice, October 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: WORK IT OUT: Current Legal Issues Facing Todays Employers, May 2013
  • Presenter, Client Seminar: Labour Relations Training, May 2013
  • Presenter, Client Presentation: Labour Law Workshop, September 2012 and February 2013
  • Presenter, Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Directors of Education Conference: Bringing Employees Back to Work, December 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Working Together (Again): Bringing employees back to work, November 2011
  • Presenter, Canadian Bar Association (Newfoundland and Labrador Branch), Annual General Meeting CLE: Employment Law and the Purchase and Sale of a Business, July 2011
  • Presenter, Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes, Halifax: Managing Change in the Workplace. September 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Social Media in the Workplace. September 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Managing a Changing Workplace, Legal Issues Confronting Managers, May 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Workplace Restructuring, April 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar: Brace Yourself. H1N1: The legal issues confronting human resource managers. November 2009
  • Presenter, Newfoundland & Labrador Employers Council Workshop: Discipline & Dismissal for Cause. April 2009
  • Presenter, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association Workshop: Workplace Policies. March 2009
  • Presenter, Cox & Palmer Seminar: Harassment in the Workplace Case Law Review

Law Society Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador