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Lawson Lundell LLP

Ritu N. Mahil

Ritu N. Mahil



  • Employment and Labor
  • Labor Law
  • Labor Relations
  • Litigation

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Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Ritu is a member of our Labour and Employment Law Group. She is a former Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board. As an experienced adjudicator, Ritu offers our clients a unique perspective on labour and employment law matters.

Ritu is also an experienced negotiator, mediator and skilled litigator with a proven track record appearing at arbitration hearings, the BC Labour Relations Board, and in Court proceedings including BC Court of Appeal.

Ritu advises on all aspects of labour and employment matters including harassment investigations, collective bargaining negotiations and mediation, and essential service disputes.

Ritu's experience as a Vice Chair at the BC Labour Relations Board has given her a working knowledge of the intricacies of labour and employment issues in the following industries:

Retail & Food Services

In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board, Ritu previously served as in-house counsel to a union, was a lawyer in private practice, and an instructor at the Capilano College Labour Studies program. Ritu has spoken at a number of labour law conferences and workshops.

Ritu regularly provides commentary to media on a range of labour and employment issues. She has been interviewed on legal topics by several local and national outlets, including CBC (BC and national news), CKNW, CTV National News, Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun and Toronto Star.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2002)
Nunavut (2015)


University of Victoria (M.PA., 2001)
University of Victoria (LL.B., 2000)
University of Victoria (B.A., 1996)
Areas of Practice

Employment and Labor | Labor Law | Labor Relations | Litigation | Occupational Health & Safety | Privacy & Freedom of Information

Professional Career

Professional Associations

*Canadian Bar Association, Member
*Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Community Activities
*Board of Directors of West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (2002 - 2008, President 2006 - 2008)


"State of the Union: A Labour Arbitration Update", 52nd Annual BC Human Resources Management Association Conference, Vancouver, BC (April 15, 2014)

"Hot Topics in Labour Relations Law", Canadian Electricity Association Labour Relations Symposium, Toronto, ON (March 24, 2014), Speaker

"A Promise is a Promise, or is it? Estoppel in day-to-day labour relations", Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House (November 20, 2013), Speaker

"Labour Law Update for BC", 10th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference, Banff, AB (October 3 - 5, 2013)

"Latest Developments in Labour Relations (Unionized Employers)", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 6, 2013), Speaker

"The Role of the Parties in Accommodation: Employer Responsibilities, Union Role and Employee Responsibilities", 8th Annual Western Canada Labour Relations Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (February 21, 2013), Speaker


British Columbia Employers Announces Temporary Ability to Extend COVID-19 Related Layoffs
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

On May 4, 2020, the B.C. government passed an Order in Council to add a new provision to the BC Employment Standards Regulation (the “Regulation”) during the current provincial state of emergency. Temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can now last up to 16 weeks in a 20 consecutive week period without triggering termination of employment. This is the second change to B.C. employment standards legislation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Additional Articles

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Right to Strike Decision: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4 (February 2, 2015)

Landmark Case on the Freedom of Association from the Supreme Court of Canada: Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 1 (January 19, 2015)

Discussion of sexual harassment in the workplace and what employers can do to ensure proper polices are in place to address allegations, CTV: National News (November 6, 2014)

Teachers ask for binding arbitration; Government wants more details before agreeing, but deal would open schools next week, Vancouver Sun (September 6, 2014)

Discussion of labour relations and the teacher's strike, CBC: The Early Edition (September 3, 2014)

Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns (February 11, 2014), Co-author

"Constructive Dismissal: Should I Stay or Should I Go?", Canadian Employment Law Today (January 22, 2014), Author

Women's Day Brings Legal Rights in Workplace Closer to Home (March 8, 2013), Author

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