Experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, and an experienced civil litigator, Jamie’s practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety matters.  She is well versed in assisting clients in responding to serious workplace accidents, addressing administrative appeals of regulatory orders, defending employers charged under provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation, and performing regulatory compliance reviews and audits.  Jamie is also experienced at conducting independent workplace harassment and violence investigations.  She is a sought after speaker on various OHS, human rights, employment law, human resources, and general civil litigation topics.  She is recognized as one of the leading OHS lawyers in Canada by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Partner

  • Admitted to the Bar, 2004, Manitoba.

Education

  • University of Winnipeg (B.A., 2000; Gold Medal in Anthropology).
  • University of Ottawa (LL.B., 2003).
 

Member

  • Canadian Bar Association.
  • Manitoba Bar Association (MBA).
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE).
  • Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM).
  • The Associates (Asper School of Business)
  • JCI Winnipeg/Winnipeg Junior Chamber of Commerce (2005-present).
  • Golden Key International Honours Society, University of Ottawa Chapter.

Positions

  • Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009-2015; Chair in 2013-2014).
  • CACE Occupational Health and Safety Subcommittee (2008-present; Past Chair 2013-2015).
  • Gearshifting Performance Works, President (2006-present), Board Member (2005-2006).
  • HRMAM Legislative Review Committee (2009-present).
  • JCI Winnipeg/Winnipeg Junior Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (2006-2009), President (2007, 2008).
  • United Way Campaign General Business Team Member (2009).
  • Manitoba Bar Association/Manitoba Theatre Centre Fundraising Play, Cast member (7 productions).
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Constitutional-Human Rights Subsection, Co-chair (2007-2009).
  • Manitoba Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting Planning Committee Member (2005-2008).
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Law Student Mentorship Program, Mentor (2004-2006).
  • Celebrate Canada Committee (Manitoba), Vice-President (2006-2008).

Webinars

  • "Legislative Updates and the Changing Regulatory Environment", webinar presented to Manitoba Motor Dealers Association in conjunction with 1Life Workplace Safety and Health, recorded June 2014 (posted with permission). Click here to listen.
  • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce BOLD Radio Expert Segment representing HRMAM - "Human Rights Legislation Relating to Safety in the Workplace".  Click here to listen.

Lecturer

  • Law Society of Manitoba, Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) presenter and learning group facilitator - drafting pleadings and practice management modules
  • Employment Law Alliance: Webinar “Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media and Harassment in the Workplace:  A Canadian Overview”, October 2013
  • CACE:  11th Annual Conference, Occupational health and Safety Panel, "Cross Canada OHS Update", Montreal, QC; 10th Annual Conference, Occupational Health and Safety Panel, “A Dangerous Cocktail:  Alcohol, Drugs and Safety in the Workplace”, September 2013, Banff, AB; 9th Annual conference, Joint Human Rights and Occupational Health and Safety Panel, “Psychological Health Issues in the Workplace“, September 2012, St. John’s, Newfoundland;  8th Annual Conference, Panel Chair, “Work Refusal Rights and Reprisal Prohibitions“, September 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario; 7th Annual Conference, Occupational Health & Safety Panel, “Managing the OHS Inspector at the Door: Your Client Has Had An Accident!”, September 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Great West Life Assurance, “The New CSA Standard on Psychological Safety in the Workplace“, June 3, 2013
  • Lancaster House, Advanced Skills Training Seminar, “Preventing Workplace Bullying and Intervening in Conflict“, May 8, 2013
  • Westray +20 Symposium, University of Ottawa, “Do we need corporate criminal liability? Perspectives of business and labour“, October 2012, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • MBA: Midwinter Meeting 2013, “Making the Jump from Junior Associate to Senior Associate, and Senior Associate to Partner"; Labour and Employment Law Subsection meeting, April 2009 ”Workplace Safety and Health Update
  • HRMAM: Safety for the HR Professional Conference, "Balancing Safety and Health Obligations with Human Rights", December 2014; Annual Spring Legislative Review Conference, Workplace Safety and Health Update (Various topics), 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
  • 1Life Workplace Safety and Health: Various seminars and webinars including: “Balancing Safety & Health Objectives with Human Resources Management“, April 2013; “Managing a Serious Incident“, March 2015, October 2014, March 2013 and March 2011; “Contactor Management” Fall 2012 and Winter 2013; “Workplace Violence Update“, Fall 2011, “Workplace Harassment Update“, June, 2011; “Safety and Health Due Diligence“, November 2010
  • Safety Services Manitoba, Annual Safe Work Conferences, "Understanding a Workplace Safety and Health Prosecution", Assembly of Safety Professionals, January 2015; “Workplace Safety and Health Criminal Code Liability“, January 2013; “Understanding Your Legal Duties and Due Diligence” and “Legal Perspectives on Workplace Harassment and Violence Complaints“, January, 2012
  • Bongarde, Balancing Human Rights Obligations with Safety Obligations, Cross-Canada Webinar, May 2012
  • Ft. Garry Women’s Resource Centre: “Safe Social Networking” May 2013; “Understanding Workplace Safety and Health Law“, Spring 2010.
  • Law Society of Manitoba: Accommodation in the Workplace Seminar: “Balancing Safety and Health Obligations with Human Rights Obligations“, 2010; Pitblado Lectures: “Building Safer Workplaces in Manitoba“, November 2007
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association:  “Workplace Harassment Update – Navigating the New Regulations (and making sure you know the old ones!)”, December 2010, Winnipeg, Manitoba; ”Workplace Safety and Health Prosecutions and Due Diligence in the Face of Bill C-45“, May 2008.
  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, Manitoba Chapter, “Workplace Safety and Health Prosecutions and Due Diligence”, December 2010.
  • JCI Canada National Convention Training Seminar: “Legal Issues Surrounding Termination From Employment“, September 2009
  • Association of Records Managers and Administrators (Manitoba): “Documents in the Litigation Context“, March 2009
  • Lorman Education Services, Employee Dismissal and Documentation Seminar: “Issues in Obtaining Employee Medical Information and Documentation“, January 2009
  • Manitoba Construction Conference (Construction Association of Manitoba/Manitoba Heavy Construction), “Workplace Safety and Health Liability“, January 2007
  • University of Manitoba Continuing Education Division, Human Resources Legislation course, co-instructor, 2007-2010, with course topics including: statutory interpretation, the Canada Labour Code, employment standards, Common Law employment principles and employment contracts, human rights, workplace privacy, workplace safety and health, workers’ compensation, and employment insurance
  • Numerous in-house sessions for various clients including the following topics: workplace safety and health, violence and harassment prevention, human rights, general employment law obligations, expert evidence, document retention in civil litigation

Author

  • OHS (West) and WCB (West) titles of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED)
  • Bongarde Workplace Safety and Health, OHS Insider, Regular Article Contributor, 2012-Present; past topics have included:  Discipline for Safety Infractions/Zero Tolerance Policies, Young Workers, Hazardous Substances, Inspections and Investigations, Return to Work/Accommodation
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 10th Annual Conference materials: “Beyond Testing:  Responding to Drugs or Alcohol in the Workplace with Due Diligence in the Mix”
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 9th Annual Conference materials: “Psychological Health and Safety and Stress in the Workplace: A Workers’ Compensation Perspective“, 2012.
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 7th Annual Conference materials: “Workplace Safety and Health Inspections vs. Investigations – Charter Rights and Counsel’s Role”, 2010.
  • Law Society of Manitoba, Accommodation in the Workplace, Seminar materials: “Balancing Safety and health Obligations with Human Rights Obligations – Approaching Workplace Safety Requirements from an Accommodation Perspective”, 2010.
  • Pitblado Lectures Conference materials: “Building Safer Workplaces in Manitoba – Tools for Lawyers Advising Clients on Workplace Safety and Health Matters”, 2007.
  • Lorman Education Services, Employee Dismissal and Documentation Seminar materials: “Issues in Obtaining Employee Medical Information and Documentation”, 2009.

Commendations

  • Recognized by Canadian Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health and Safety (2014, 2015)
  • Received JCI International Senatorship Designation, October 2012
  • Recipient of the 2009 Future Leaders of Manitoba Award (Business/Professional Category)
  • YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Nominee, 2007

Additional Information

Jamie is also co-owner and co-director of Maples Academy of Dance, where she is an active dance instructor.

Articles by Jamie Jurczak

Domestic Violence Is a Workplace Issue

As published on OHS Insider: February 25, 2015  “Do we need to address domestic violence in our violence prevention policy?” This question often comes up when we’re contacted by clients to advise them on workplace violence prevention. Many employers are…


Beyond Testing: Responding to Drugs or Alcohol in the Workplace with Due Diligence in the Mix

Introduction[1]   When one thinks about the issue of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, especially in an occupational health and safety context, one’s mind is likely to drift to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Communications, Energy and…


Manitoba Amends Workers Compensation Act to Allow for Presumptive PTSD Coverage

On June 30, 2015, Bill 35 was passed by the Manitoba provincial government amending the Workers Compensation Act (the “Act”) to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) considered a presumptive workplace injury to any worker who experiences a PTSD-triggering event while on the job in Manitoba.


Dialin’ in the Importance of Safe Driving Policies

A survey of laws across Canada reveals that every province and territory, with the exception of Nunavut, has implemented a law against driving while using cell phones. (See the chart at the end for the applicable laws in each jurisdiction.)…


Workplace Safety And Health Regulatory Inspections Vs. Investigations – Charter Rights And Counsel’s Role

In the workplace safety and health context, as with many other regulatory offence statues, a health and safety Inspector will both conduct the regulatory inspection and the investigation into impugned conduct. It can therefore be difficult for the practitioner to determine when the rights and freedoms provided for under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply.


Psychological Health And Safety And Stress In The Workplace – A Workers’ Compensation Perspective

With recent amendments to various occupational health and safety statutes across Canada regarding harassment and violence in the workplace, the issue of resulting psychological or mental stress from such action in the workplace has also become a hot topic.


Balancing Safety and Health Obligations with Human Rights Obligations – Approaching Workplace Safety Requirements from an Accommodation Perspective

Prepared for the Law Society of Manitoba’s Accommodation in the Workplace Seminar held April 14, 2010.