Vicki’s practice focuses on the areas of employment, human rights, privacy, labour and administrative law.
She advises employers on a wide variety of employment, personnel and labour issues (including collective bargaining) and has experience before all levels of court, arbitrators and the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
A large portion of her practice involves assisting employers with the accommodation of employees under the human rights legislation, and defending complaints made against employers to the Human Rights Commission.
She also provides employers with day to day advice about terminations, policies and procedures, absenteeism, discipline, the duty to accommodate, performance management, discrimination, harassment, hiring, and general management of employees.
Vicki also practises in the expanding area of privacy law and provides advice to clients regarding both provincial and federal private sector privacy legislation.
LL.B., University of Alberta
B.Comm. (Distinction), University of Alberta
Awards and Recognition
Leading practitioner - Workplace Human Rights, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Professional Associations and Affiliations
Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Member, Human Resources Institute of Alberta
Privacy Officer, McLennan Ross LLP
Community and Volunteer Activities
Discipline Committee Member, Human Resources Institute of Alberta
Advisor, HR Compliance Insider
Member, Tir Eoghain Irish Dance Society
Past Member, Grant MacEwan Human Resources Management Program Advisory Committee
Extensive experience in assisting employers with defending human rights claims; has been successful in having number of claims dismissed at the investigation stage.
Regularly assists employers in defending wrongful dismissal actions.
Provides day to day advice to employers with respect to terminations, policies and procedures, absenteeism, discipline, the duty to accommodate, performance management, discrimination, harassment, hiring, and general management of employees.
Regularly represents employers in complaints filed with Employment Standards.
Has assisted clients with responding to privacy complaints about matters such as surveillance, drug and alcohol testing and privacy breaches.
Has provided advice with respect to responding to privacy breaches and the reporting of such breaches to the Office of the Information and Privacy Officer.
Has successfully challenged decisions (through judicial review) of the Privacy Commissioner with respect to time limits and allowed purposes for collection and use of personal information.
Provides general privacy advice to employer with respect to issues such as surveillance, drug and alcohol testing, the implementation of privacy policies and responding to access requests.
Has assisted clients with the negotiation of collective agreement.
Acts on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations.
Represents employers before the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
Has acted as counsel to administrative appeal tribunal.
Frequently provides in-house training and seminars to clients.
“Mitigating Risk: Managing the Duty to Accommodate“, So You Think You Can Lead Conference, Creating People Power
“Employment Contracts and the Duty to Mitigate”, Merit College of Construction
"Preventing Workplace Bullying and Intervening in Conflict: Advanced Skills Training", Lancaster House
"Workplace Privacy Update", Webinar, Osgoode Professional Development "Privacy & Technology in the Workplace", McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Full-Day Seminar
"Using Social Media for Business Purposes", Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP
"Confidentiality, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation: Employees’ Post-Employment Rights and Obligations", Alberta Law Conference, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
"Dealing with Complex Human Rights Issues: An Interactive Session on Rights in Collision, Negative Stereotyping and Multiple-Ground Discrimination", Lancaster House Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference
"The Evolving Landscape of Workplace Privacy", Webinar, Osgoode Professional Development
“Technology and Privacy in the Workplace”, Webinar, HR Compliance Insider
"Dealing with Performance and Absenteeism Issues", Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP
"Alberta Human Rights Update", CACE Conference
“Monitoring Employee E-mail and Internet Usage”, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Conference
“How to Control Employee Absenteeism in Your Workplace”, Webinar, HR Compliance Insider
“Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace”, Lancaster House Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference
“Practical Tips for Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace”, Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP
“Settling Grievances: The Devil is in the Details”, Lancaster House Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference
“Solving the Privacy Puzzle: Balancing an Employer’s Right to Medical Information with an Employee’s Right to Privacy”, PIPA Conference
“Dealing with Human Rights Complaints”, Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP
"Alberta Chapter", Vicki Giles and Joyce Mitchell, Cross-Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment. Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers