Kim Fournier, BA, LLB
Session Synopsis: For Cause and For Prosecution Investigations – How Proof of Due Diligence is Your Friend
This session will highlight the two types of WorkSafeBC investigations that may arise should there be a fatality or serious injury at your worksite and what these mean for you. We will also look at when these cases may be subject to criminal prosecution. Finally, the defence of due diligence will be examined, how to prove it, and the important role and responsibilities of supervisors.
Kim is the Manager, Law and Policy, for the Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO), a branch of the province’s Ministry of Labour, which helps employers understand their rights and responsibilities under workers’ compensation and health and safety legislation. As Manager of Law and Policy, Kim provides advice, assistance and legal direction for the Branch’s Senior Leadership Team and for operational staff, including developing and delivering law and policy training for advisers and creating and overseeing content for employer seminars. Kim regularly participates in WorkSafeBC and ministry policy consultations and provides submissions regarding proposed amendments from the employer’s perspective.
Prior to joining the BC Public Service in 2004, Kim taught business law at community colleges and worked in private practice in Ontario, primarily in employment law. Kim was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.