Katy E Allen

Katy E Allen



  • Employment and Labor
  • Litigation
  • Occupational Health & Safety

WSG Practice Industries


Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Katy practises in the area of labour and employment law advising clients in relation to wrongful dismissal cases, labour arbitrations, employment agreements, collective agreements, group terminations, restrictive covenants and post-employment competition litigation, employment standards, human rights, and privacy law. Katy has a particular interest in human rights law in the context of employment. She has assisted clients with matters being litigated at the Employment Standards Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal, Labour Relations Board, Provincial Small Claims Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal.

Katy clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2014)


University of British Columbia (J.D.)
University of British Columbia (B.Sc.)
Areas of Practice

Employment and Labor | Litigation | Occupational Health & Safety

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Recognition and Ranking
*Bull, Housser & Tupper Prize in Technology Law
*Harold Scanlon Foley Memorial Scholarship
*Panvini Scholarship in Law
*McCarthy Tetrault Prize in Property
*Bull, Housser & Tupper Prize in Torts
*Borden Ladner Gervais Fellowship

Professional Activities
*Canadian Bar Association, Member
*Law Society of British Columbia, Member

Community Activities
*Western Canada Society to Access Justice, pro bono clinic volunteer


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...

Help is on the Way: New Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

The B.C. and federal government have announced new benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. B.C. residents who receive Employment Insurance (“EI”) or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”, described below) will be eligible...

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Helping Employers Keep Employees
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

Who is an Eligible Employer? “Eligible entities” include employers that are taxable corporations, individuals (such as sole proprietors), non-profit organizations, registered charities, and partnerships (all of the members of which are partnerships or one of the aforementioned entities) who had an existing business number and payroll program account with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) on March 15, 2020. Public institutions are not eligible (e.g...

Additional Articles

Federal Government Passes Union Spending Bill, Bill C-377 (July 3, 2015)

Suspension held to Constitute Constructive Dismissal: Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, 2015 SCC 10 (March 10, 2015)

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)