About Heather Hettiarachchi



About Heather


Heather Hettiarachchi

Heather Hettiarachchi, LL.B M.Sc

Lawyer, Mediator, Investigator

Memberships
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (HRMA)
  • Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
Recent Committee Involvement
  • Chair, HRMA Richmond/Delta Roundtable (2015 – 2016)
  • Executive Member, CBA National Constitutional and Human Rights Section (2015-2017)
  • Executive Member, CBA National Small, Solo and General Practice Forum (2015-2016)
  • Executive Member, CBA National Labour & Employment Law Section (2013-2015; 2015-2017)
  • HRMA Mentor
  • Peer Mentor and Mentor, Women Lawyers Forum
  • Mentor, CBA/UBC Mentorship Program
Presentations/Publications
  • Presenter, CLEBC Employment Law Seminar, May 2016
  • Regular presenter at law firm seminars
  • Faculty and presenter, CLEBC Human Rights Seminar, November, 2014
  • Presenter, “Structuring Severance Packages” webinar, May 2014 (HR Insider)
  • Speaker on Unionization in Canada at DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver, 2013
  • Presenter, HRMA roundtables
  • Presenter, Lorman Seminars
  • Contributor, Small Business BC Blog Posts
  • Contributor, OHS Canada Magazine
  • Contributor, Canadian Lawyer4Students
  • Contributor, HR Insider

Heather is a lawyer practicing exclusively in the area of labour and employment law. She has a unique combination of legal expertise and extensive hands-on human resources management and labour relations experience. Her past career experience includes managing human resources at a large private insurance company as well as at the University of British Columbia, and acting as Labour Relations Advisor to Vancouver Community College.

In addition to practicing in all areas of employment and labour law, Heather provides employers with general human resources support. She also conducts workplace investigations and provides mediation services.

Prior to founding Integritas Workplace Law Corporation, Heather was a lawyer and former chair of the Labour & Employment practice group of a prominent Vancouver law firm. She articled with a leading labour and employment boutique firm in Vancouver, and was also an associate of the labour and employment group of an eminent national firm.

In addition to her LL.B., Heather has a M.Sc. in Training & Human Resources Management from the University of Leicester. She is also a trained mediator.

Heather has represented clients in relation to human rights proceedings, arbitrations, labour board proceedings, privacy matters and employment standards matters. She has excellent negotiation and dispute resolution skills and routinely assists clients with settling issues before they proceed to trial. She is passionate about workplace integrity and focuses on educating clients on utilizing best practices to avoid/minimize workplace conflict.

 

Employment

Heather’s experience and expertise in employment law includes:

  • drafting and advising on individual employment contracts, including executive contracts
  • structuring severance packages
  • restrictive covenants
  • workplace restructuring
  • advising on employment issues in the context of buying and selling a business
  • drafting employment policies and handbooks
  • managing employee performance
  • discipline and termination
  • occupational health and safety and WorkSafeBC issues
  • disability, accommodation and human rights issues
  • privacy in the workplace
  • investigations

 

Labour

Heather’s experience and expertise in labour law includes:

  • the interpretation and application of collective agreements
  • collective bargaining
  • drafting collective agreements
  • successorship and common employer issues
  • certification and decertification
  • discipline and termination
  • workers compensation, occupational health and safety, and privacy
  • human rights
  • investigations

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Services

Integritas Workplace Law Corporation is a virtual law office focused on providing practical, timely, and innovative advice for building and maintaining successful workplaces. Our services include:

Phone: +1 604-816-8577