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Deborah L. Cushing

Deborah L. Cushing



  • Business Immigration
  • Employment and Labor
  • Labor Law
  • Labor Relations

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Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

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Deborah practises labour and employment law, advising clients on a range of matters including wrongful dismissal, employment standards, business immigration, labour relations, and human rights issues.

Deborah attended law school following a career in human resources. She worked in labour relations in the public sector followed by experience as an employee relations manager in the financial industry.

Deborah works with clients in a wide range of sectors including mining, retail, hospitality, health care, government and non-profit.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2007)
Northwest Territories (2014)


University of Victoria (LL.B)
University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce)
Areas of Practice

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

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Provides advice on employment matters, such as wrongful dismissal, employment standards, salary and benefits administration, and human rights

Provides advice on labour relations matters, such as collective agreement interpretation, progressive discipline and grievance resolution, and appears at arbitrations and labour relations board hearings

Conducts harassment investigations and makes recommendations for resolution of harassment complaints

Maintains a business immigration practice assisting employers with bringing foreign workers into Canada and assists workers with applications to become permanent residents

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association, Member
BC Human Resources Management Association, Member
Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Member

Community Activities
*Board of Directors of Simon Fraser University Childcare Society (2013 - present)


"Human Rights and Privacy Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 6, 2013), Speaker

"Labour Relations Update for Unionized Employers", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker


What is the Test for Establishing Discrimination on the Basis of Family Status?
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

Employers who are faced with employee requests for accommodation on the basis of family status may find that the response to such requests depends on the province of employment...

Is Refusal to Wear a Mask the Basis for a Human Rights Complaint?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

Mask wearing indoors has become a ubiquitous part of the COVID-19 experience. The B.C. government mandated mask wearing in November of 2020 for most indoor public settings. Those orders are premised on face coverings helping to prevent, respond to or alleviate the spread of COVID‐19, when used with other protective measures. Some members of our society have physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities that make mask wearing unduly difficult or unsafe...

Does Pandemic Fatigue Give Rise to a Duty to Accommodate?
Lawson Lundell LLP, March 2021

Now that we have persevered through one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, much has been written about pandemic fatigue and associated social isolation, mental stress, and anxiety. Employers may be seeing an increase in the incidence of mental illness claims in their workplaces...

Additional Articles

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

Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced (June 2014)

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta Privacy Legislation Invalid (November 15, 2013), Author

What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program (October 29, 2013), Author

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (August 2, 2013), Author

Labour & Employment Bulletin (October 9, 2012), Co-Author

Employees who Resign Retain Rights to Sue for Wrongful Dismissal (February 13, 2012), Author

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin (November 8, 2011), Co-Author

“Negligent Infliction of Mental Suffering in the Employment Context” (July 2010)

“Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: British Columbia Bans Use of Electronic Devices While Driving” (December 2009)

“Labour and Employment Law Update: A Cautionary Tale about Temporary Layoffs” (October 2009)

“Changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Program” (2009)

Art in Dispute at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 15 No. 3 (2008)


Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog
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Lawson Lundell's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog follows new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. Our goal is to provide a source of valuable information and insight on a wide variety of matters for our readers.

Labour & Employment Law Blog
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Lawson Lundell's Labour and Employment Law Blog provides updates on the most recent legal developments impacting the Canadian workplace and offers practical tips for employers. We cover a range of topics, including labour relations, employment law, collective bargaining, human rights, employment...

Privacy & Data Management Blog
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This blog is authored by members of the Privacy & Data Management Department. We follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. We follow emerging issues, legal developments, and new technology as they impact privacy and data management. We will focus on how...

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