Law Society of Alberta
Law Society of British Columbia
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
St. Francis Xavier University, B.A.
University of New Brunswick, LL.B.
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Vancouver Bar Association
A Partner in our Vancouver office, Paul has been helping employers across Western Canada resolve workplace law problems for over two decades. He has significant experience in the mining, transportation, education, hospitality, construction and financial sectors.
Recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers and Lexpert, Paul provides strategic counsel to clients concerning employment litigation, occupational health and safety, shareholder disputes, workers’ compensation, human rights, labour injunctions, CCAA proceedings, workplace class actions and executive compensation issues. Like many lawyers, he frequently finds himself in court or before administrative tribunals and arbitrators.
When not attempting to stop pucks as a beer league goalie, Paul lectures as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law, where he teaches employment law.
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Industry recognitionBest Lawyers® in Canada
Employee Benefits Law
Corporate and Commercial Liltigation
Paul spoke before adjudicators, at the annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Paul presented for the BC Canadian Bar Association Employment Law Section
22 Mathews Dinsdale lawyers, from coast-to-coast, are recognized as leaders in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2022 in the fields of Labour and Employment Law, Workers' Compensation Law, Education Law, Employee Benefits Law and Immigration Law.
Mathews Dinsdale lawyers from coast-to-coast recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as leaders in Labour Law, Employment Law, Construction Labour Relations, Occupational Health & Safety Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.
21 Mathews Dinsdale lawyers, from coast-to-coast, are recognized as leaders in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2021 in the fields of Labour and Employment Law, Education Law, Employee Benefits Law, Immigration Law, Workers’ Compensation Law.
Mathews Dinsdale lawyers from coast-to-coast recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as leaders in Labour & Employment Law, Construction Labour Relations, OH&S Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.
Paul McLean interviewed as part of a CityNews1130 story on CERB and the obligation to return to work. White Rock Coffee Shop Struggling to Get Workers Back.
Mathews Dinsdale Lawyers from coast-to-coast recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 as leaders in Labour and Employment Law, Education Law, Employee Benefits Law, Immigration Law, Workers’ Compensation Law.
B.C. Provincial Health Officer has announced that all workers in long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 12, 2021.Read more
In the first reported judgement concerning this issue in B.C. we summarize the decision, and the impact of it for employers facing litigation, or threats of litigation, from former employees dismissed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
A recent criminal decision in B.C. imposing a $250,000 fine on an employer for a workplace fatality serves as a caution for employers to be proactive in addressing identified safety concerns in the workplace.Read more
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Announces New Workplace Closure Powers Due to COVID-19 Transmission – Updated April 13/21
The Provincial Health Officer has issued a written order which allows medical health officers to close all or part of a workplace where the officer has reason to believe that one or more employees has been infected with COVID-19 in the workplace.Read more
More than double the highest-ever payment to a complainant for injury to dignity, $176,000 in general damages as part of an award in which the total damages approach $1,000,000.Read more
An outline of requirements and considerations for implementation of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, should an employer deem one necessary for their workplace.Read more
Provincial Health Officer Imposes New COVID-19 Orders for Employers and Individuals in British Columbia
The orders, which we summarize in this article, are in effect from November 19, 2020 to December 7 at 12:00 p.m.Read more
This Advisor examines the impacts of a serious accident, and provides a roadmap for accident response planning for critical actions to take and mitigating adverse consequences for the Canadian employer.Read more
The BC Ministry of Labour announced a new program designed to expedite the variance application process for employers seeking to extend COVID-19 related layoffs as they struggle to remain in business in the face of the ongoing pandemic.Read more
As part of our ongoing effort to keep employers informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, our FAQ has been updated given the rapidly changing workplace environment.Read more
BC government has introduced wide-ranging amendments to the Workers Compensation Act which, when passed, will result in higher costs for employers and increased risk of criminal prosecutions for workplace safety violations.Read more
We focus is on several key OHS related lessons learned and “novel” OHS legal issues arising from the pandemic, which continue to create issues for employers, OHS, HR and management as workplaces continue to reopen with “public health“ measures in place.Read more
You Have a COVID-19 Case! Best Practices for Employers to Manage Reports of Suspected Cases and Outbreaks
Based on our experience to date, available legislation, and public health guidance, we recommend the following step-by-step analysis and process.Read more
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, employers should be planning now for how to respond to the risk of a potential pandemic.Read more
Employers should brace themselves for a number of proposals to be implemented in the near future.Read more
What employers need to be aware of from a workplace safety perspective.Read more