Jamie Alyce Jurczak

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Jamie Jurczak

Jamie Alyce Jurczak Partner

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Services provided by J. A. Jurczak Law Corporation.

Education
ADMITTED TO THE BAR:
  • University of Winnipeg (B.A., 2000; Gold Medal in Anthropology)
  • University of Ottawa (LL.B., 2003)

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 (OHS) matters. She’s proud to know that her work has helped create safer work environments for employees in all industry sectors. Alongside her OHS work, Jamie’s practice incorporates all aspects of labour and employment law to help clients and businesses navigate complex personnel matters, and workplace conflicts and disputes.

She is well versed in helping organizations respond to serious workplace accidents, addressing administrative appeals, defending employers charged under provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation, and performing regulatory compliance reviews and audits. Since the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and the abundance of provincial legislation that came with it, Jamie has become a thought leader in working to develop and update cannabis, drug and alcohol policies for Canadian companies.

Additionally, Jamie is a skilled human rights lawyer capable of conducting independent investigations. As such, she has experience dealing with a variety of workplace harassment (including sexual harassment) and violence situations.

Jamie is also a small business owner, as co-director of Maples Academy of Dance, where she continues to actively teach. She enjoys engaging with the local business community through her involvement with both the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (past-chair) and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, where she is currently a member of the Advocacy Leadership Counsel.

Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association (MBA)
  • CPHR Manitoba
  • The Associates (Asper School of Business) 
  • JCI Senate (2005-present)
  • Golden Key International Honours Society, University of Ottawa Chapter
  • Taylor McCaffrey is the exclusive Manitoba member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and leading management side network of labour and employment lawyers with selected members literally worldwide
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) – the leading management-side labour and employment lawyers organization in Canada

Positions

  • Criminal Code Review Board, Alternate Chair (2016-Present)
  • Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009-present; Chair in 2013-2014 ) 
  • CACE Board, Manitoba Representative (2017-2019)
  • CACE Occupational Health and Safety Subcommittee (2008-present; Past Chair 2013-2015)
  • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Advocacy Leadership Council Member (2018 -Present)
  • Gearshifting Performance Works, President (2006-present), Board Member (2005-2006)
  • CPHR Legislative Review Committee (2009-2016)
  • 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/Royal MTC Fundraising Play, Cast member (8 productions), Lawyer’s Play Committee ( Member 2016, Chair 2017 -Present) 
  • 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)

Recognitions

  • Recognized by CanadianLexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Occupational Health and Safety (2014 – 2019) in Human Rights (2018, 2019)
  • Received JCIInternational Senatorship Designation, October 2012 
  • Recipient of the 2009 Future Leaders of Manitoba Award (Business/Professional Category)
  • YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Nominee, 2007

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

Lecturer

  • Law Society of Manitoba, Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) presenter and learning group facilitator – drafting pleadings, practice management and client relationship management modules
  • The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce – Cannabis Day, Panel Speaker ( October & November 2018) 
  • Employment Law Alliance: Webinar “Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media and Harassment in the Workplace:  A Canadian Overview”, October 2013
  • CACE: Various Conferences, including 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“ 
  • CPHR Manitoba: Cannabis in the Workplace 2018 & 2019
  • CPHR Manitoba: Safety for the HR Professional Conference, “Balancing Safety and Health Obligations with Human Rights”, December 2014; Annual Spring Legislative Review Conference (Various topics) including Workplace Safety & Health, Human Rights, Off Duty conduct, Workplace Investigations 2008, 2010-2019
  • 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; “Contractor Management” Fall 2012 and Winter 2013; “Workplace Violence Update“, Fall 2011, “Workplace Harassment Update“, June, 2011; “Safety and Health Due Diligence“, November 2010
  • Merit Contractors Association, various topics including  Cannabis in the Workplace, Employment Law, Safety & Human Rights (2017-2019)
  • 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

Additional information

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

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Today is the day! Is your workplace ready for cannabis legalization?

2018 | 10 | 17

Under the Federal Cannabis Act, Canadians who are 18 years of age or older are now permitted to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis

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Ultimately, knowledge of an employee’s drug or alcohol use (whether that knowledge is obtained through testing or otherwise) will typically require an employer to take some kind of job action towards the employee, given due diligence obligations imposed under occupational health and safety legislation to ensure the safety of workers at work.

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