Employment Law Section Meeting 

May 22, 2019
Vancouver BC

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EI Adjudications: What Every Employment Lawyer Should Know
This meeting is being hosted by the Employment Law Section.

Speaker(s): Jim Wu, Employment Lawyers/Former EI Adjudicator
Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Richards Buell Sutton, 700 - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Meal Cost: Optional - $ 18.00 (GST Incl.) -  Select at Registration
CPD Hours: 1.00
Please note that this is an estimate of the total hours of CPD that are being offered. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, an assessment will be made as to exactly how many hours will be approved.


EI adjudications can have a significant impact on wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal claims. Most importantly, the Commission’s findings can create an estoppel which may help or hinder an employer or employee’s position in subsequent litigation.  

Jim Wu, a former EI adjudicator, will discuss how both employer and employee counsel can use the EI adjudication and appeal process to advance their clients’ interests beyond the adjudication process, including: 

  • the tests applied by the EI Commission to determine whether an employee has been dismissed for misconduct or was justified in quitting employment;
  • what to expect at each stage of the adjudication/appeal process; and
  • reported cases where counsel were successful/unsuccessful in raising an estoppel argument.


Speaker Bio

Jim Wu always has had a keen interest in employer-employee relations. In his first job as his dad's assistant, he carefully observed his dad hiring, retaining, and (on occasion) firing employees. While a student at UBC, Jim was accepted into the highly competitive Arts Cooperative Program where he completed a 16-month practicum in areas of employee retention and training. Upon graduating from UBC, Jim worked as an Employment Insurance ("EI") Adjudicator where he reviewed over 3,000 applications and rendered over 9,000 EI-related decisions.

Just prior to going to law school, Jim had his first in-depth exposure of wrongful dismissal law by acting as an advocate for a close family member's job termination. Jim worked closely with the family member's lawyer and was able secure a just settlement. Jim finished his first year of law school at the University of Brunswick at the top 10 of his class, earning him the Dean's List designation. Jim completed his law degree at the University of Victoria. There, he was a member of the prestigious Gale Moot Cup and was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Jim completed his articles at a boutique litigation firm. There, he had complete ownership of a wrongful dismissal file and he ran a settlement conference where he was able to reach a fair settlement for his client. 

In his spare time, Jim is a sub-mediocre practitioner of Brazilian jiujitsu and trains his long-haired German shepherd. 

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at sections@cbabc.org.

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

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