Rick Dunlop


“Like life, managing labour and employment issues is not about waiting for the storm to pass but, rather, about dancing in the rain.”

Creative workplace solutions.

Today’s employers face a lot of daily challenges: dismissals, human rights, safety issues, privacy and union organizing drives are all common issues facing Rick’s clients. With in-depth knowledge of the law, Rick helps his clients address their human resource issues creatively, practically, cost effectively and, importantly, with a sharp eye on results. Rick has appeared before all levels of Court in the province and labour and employment related tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Representative matters

Rick works with clients such as construction companies, radio companies, government, food services companies, international organizations, trucking companies, finance companies and power companies. Some of the ways in which he has assisted his clients include:

  • Successfully represented an energy company in a complex construction industry labour relations matter before the Labour Board.
  • Successfully represented an international organization in a wrongful dismissal suit before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Successfully represented employers in upholding dismissal of employees for theft before arbitrators, the Labour Standards Tribunal and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully represented car dealerships before the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board.
  • Successfully represented a securities company before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in a wrongful dismissal suit.

Areas of practice

  • Construction Industry Labour Relations
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Privacy
  • Labour and Employment
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Employment Law
  • Labour Relations
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions


Nova Scotia, 2001


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2000
University of King’s College, B.A. (honours), 1996


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past chair, Constitutional and Human Rights Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Associate member, Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers
  • Recipient, Outstanding Volunteer Award, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, April 2011 
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia




  • Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law, 2013-2018



  • Presenter, Cannabis Safety Charter Presentation: 10 Things Every CEO Should Know about Cannabis, March 1, 2018
  • Presenter, CPHR Nova Scotia, "The "High" Office Worker", January 10, 2018
  • Presenter, Stewart McKelvey Labour and Employment Fall Seminar, "Drug and Alcohol Testing - The Latest Law", November 2, 2017
  • Presenter, Stewart McKelvey Labour and Employment Fall Seminar, "Marijuana (a.k.a. "Cannabis") - Top 5 Employer Concerns", November 2, 2017
  • Presenter, CNAR Conference, "Defending Human Rights Complaints", October 3, 2017
  • Presenter, Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute Seminar, "Marijuana in the Workplace", April 12, 2017
  • Presenter, CPHR NS, "Terminations from Start to Finish", March 23, 2017
  • Presenter, Construction Law Seminar, October 6, 2016
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation: Law Seminar (New Glasgow), "Medical Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety", October 5, 2016
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation, "Constructive Dismissal", September 20, 2016
  • Co-presenter, FAN - The Start Ups Guide to Avoiding Human Resources Hell, "Lesson 1 - Employment Agreement", June 14, 2016 with Nick Russon
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation: Law Seminar (Wolfville), "Medical Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety", April 18, 2016
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation, "Accommodating Family Status", February 20, 2015
  • Presenter, UCC, 2015
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation: Law Seminar, "Terminating the Poor Performer Substances in the Workplace", November 4, 2014
  • Presenter, HRANS Presentation - Annual Law Seminar, March 20, 2014
  • Co-chair, HRANS Law Day, 2012
  • Presenter, HRANS Association of Nova Scotia "Hot Topics in Employment Law" May 29, 2012
  • Presenter, Atlantic Canada Construction Labour Relations, Hot Topics in Employment, May, 2012
  • Facilitator, HRANS Law Day, 2011 
  • Presenter, “Electronic Surveillance in the Workplace”, Canadian Bar Association Labour and Employment Section and Privacy Section, 2011
  • Presenter, “Facing the Facebooker:  How to Effectively Address the Workplace Legal Issues Raised by Social Networking Sites”, HRANS Smart HR Atlantic Conference, 2009
  • Presenter, “Understanding Undue Hardship”, Meeting your Duty to Accommodate:  Keeping up with New Regulations and Improving Workplace Productivity, INFONEX, November 2007
  • Presenter, “Drug Testing”, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Nova Scotia, 2007
  • Presenter, “Critical Issues in Employment Law”, Workplace.ca, A Division of the Institute of Professional Management, 2006
  • Presenter, “How to turn Lemons into Lemonade through HR Investment: It’s not only ‘Good HR’, it’s the Law”, Atlantic Human Resources Conference, 2005
  • Presenter, “Privacy Regimes at Home and Abroad:  How to Balance Competing Regulatory Frameworks”, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Spring Conference, 2005

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3384
F 902.420.1417

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