Vancouver Employment Lawyers
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP is Vancouver’s labour & employment law firm. Our lawyers deliver proven results consistently and have appeared and been quoted on Global BC, CBC, CTV Vancouver, Global News Radio 980 CKNW, The Province, Vancouver Sun, CFAX 1070, Huffington Post, National Post, Globe and Mail and others.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP has a reputation for achieving client-oriented practical solutions to workplace problems. Our lawyers act for both employees and employers in resolving employment disputes in a cost-effective manner.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP has earned the respect of many because we refuse to compromise on the quality of our advocacy. We act strong and always keep our eye on our primary objective, which is to get the best results for our clients.
Employment Law Services
If you or someone you know has been wrongfully dismissed, our lawyers are here to help. We fight hard to ensure that our clients receive full compensation. Our preference and strategy is to try to negotiate a settlement without litigation. This is often possible, and matters can resolve very quickly, sometimes within a few weeks. Where litigation is necessary, however, we are strong and efficient, and we are widely respected by the legal community for our fierce advocacy and our refusal to back down.
For most people, losing a job can be a traumatic event. We can help you assess your legal entitlements to notice and severance and make sure that you are compensated adequately as a result of the termination of your employment.
Documents that outline severance packages can often be intimidating. Without the guidance of an experienced employment lawyer, it is virtually impossible to assess whether a severance offer is adequate. We take the time to find out all the required information about you, your job, the company, your compensation and the events leading up to termination. We will then tell you what your severance package should contain, allowing you to compare our assessment with what you have actually been offered by the company.
Employment Standards Compliance
In British Columbia, the Employment Standards Act provides employees with basic rights regarding hours of work, overtime, vacations, public holidays, termination pay, pregnancy and parental leave, and so on. These are important rights to which most employees are entitled, even if employers are not always aware of these entitlements.
Employment contracts are among the most important legal documents that individuals have to sign in their lifetimes. Despite this, most employees do not take the time to understand properly what their employment contract provides. Our lawyers routinely help individuals who have been offered a new job or a promotion to better understand the terms of the proposed contract of employment.
Duty to Accommodate
When an employee is unable to perform his or her job due to religious reasons, as a result of a disability (either physical or psychological), because of child care or due to other constraints, the employer must provide assistance to the employee. This may mean changing the job requirements, providing someone to help the employee perform job duties, or making changes to shifts.
Discrimination and Harassment
The British Columbia Human Rights Code provides that everyone has the right to be free of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, place of origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, family or marital status, among other prohibited grounds.
This legislation also prohibits harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, such as racial or sexual harassment. We speak with many employees who have been subject to mistreatment by their employers or co-workers. These can be very serious matters that can greatly affect an individual’s health and well-being. The law mandates that we are all entitled to work in harassment-free workplaces and that an employer has a positive obligation to create an environment appropriate for working.
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Severance Pay
- Employment Standards Compliance
- Employment Contracts
- Duty to Accommodate
- Discrimination and Harassment
Vancouver Employment Law Team
Vancouver Employment Law Team
Lior Samfiru B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.
Partner, Labour & Employment Law Group
Lior Samfiru is a co-founding member of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP and heads the firm's Labour and Employment Law practice group.
Lior resolves workplace problems. He has established a reputation as a leading employment lawyer in Ontario and British Columbia. Lior represents and advises both employees and employers with respect to all workplace matters, including employee terminations, wrongful dismissal, disciplinary issues, employment contracts and human rights.
Lia Moody B.A., LL.B.
Partner, Labour & Employment Law Group
Lia Moody is Managing Partner with Samfiru Tumarkin’s Labour and Employment practice group. She entered into the legal profession with the specific intention of pursuing a career as an employment law litigator.
Lia represents both employees and employers with respect to wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, sexual harassment, human rights, as well as employment contracts and policies. On these issues, Lia has successfully appeared numerous times before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Whether in the courtroom or in the office, Lia takes pride in representing her clients confidently, assertively and passionately.
Stephen Gillman J.D.
Associate, Labour & Employment Law Group
Stephen Gillman is an associate with Samfiru Tumarkin’s Labour and Employment practice group, working in our Vancouver office.
In his practice, Stephen assists both employees and employers in navigating complex workplace issues by providing straightforward, common sense advice. He is a passionate advocate of his clients who strives to resolve their matters in the most efficient manner possible. He has successfully appeared before various levels of court, Human Rights Tribunals, the Social Benefits Tribunal, Labour Relations Boards, and before Boards of Labour Arbitration.
Sivan Tumarkin B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.
Partner, Long-Term Disability & Personal Injury Law Group
Sivan is a co-founding Partner of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP and heads the firm's Long-term Disability Law practice group. He also acts as a mediator for parties seeking to resolve their disputes efficiently and equitably.
He acts primarily on behalf of plaintiffs in long-term disability and personal injury claims. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants with claims involving very serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic injuries, psychological injuries, and chronic soft-tissue injuries. Has has participated in and litigated both jury and non-jury trials and has helped mediate and resolve complex claims worth millions of dollars.