Ella Forbes-Chilibeck

Ella Forbes-Chilibeck
Forbes-Chilibeck Employment Law
Principal
Employment & Labour

Ella Forbes-Chilibeck, a sole practitioner operating the Ottawa firm Forbes-Chilibeck Employment Law, focuses on employment law.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Dalhousie University in 1987 and her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in psychology from the University of Victoria in 1989. Ms. Forbes-Chilibeck went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Ottawa with her Bachelor of Laws in 2005 before being called to the Bar in both Ontario and Nunavut.

As a certified workplace investigator, Ms. Forbes-Chilibeck handles such matters as discrimination and harassment in the workplace and the commencement or termination of employment. She assists employees and employers with short-term and long-term disability benefits and with structuring plans for an employee’s return to work following disability leave.

Ms. Forbes Chilibeck has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Public Sector Integrity Commission, as well as both the federal and provincial labour boards.

Published in a number of academic journals, she writes and speaks at national and international events on topics relating to employment law, including accommodation, access to disability benefits, and workplace harassment and discrimination.

Before attending law school, Ms. Forbes-Chilibeck was a behavioural consultant after graduating from Grant MacEwan College with a diploma in disability studies. She mediated conflicts and helped young offenders and individuals with cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges to develop coping skills.

Ella Forbes-Chilibeck In The News
Returning to work after illness or injury

Employees who have been off work for an extended period of time because of an injury or illness may want to discuss options with their treating physician to increase the ... Read more

Employers should foster workplaces that encourage reporting

There can be many reasons why an employee fails to report sexual harassment in the workplace, but employers must take a strong stance and proactively identify ... Read more

Companies risk exposure with botched workplace investigations

Harassment in the workplace affects all genders and employers have a duty to ensure they’re protecting the well-being of their workers, says Ottawa employment lawyer  ... Read more

Weed at work: what employers need to know

Changes to Canada's drug laws won’t allow employees to be impaired at work any more than they did before legalization, but employers may have to accommodate workers who ... Read more

Building better workplaces free from sexual harassment

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Ottawa employment lawyer Ella Forbes-Chilibeck explores lessons learned from sexual harassment complaints to help employers ... Read more

Guidelines for conducting unbiased workplace investigations

In the second instalment of a three-part series, Ottawa employment lawyer Ella Forbes-Chilibeck provides guidance to employers on how to conduct workplace investigations. ... Read more

Forbes-Chilibeck to lead training session on workplace harassment

Ottawa employment lawyer  Ella Forbes-Chilibeck  will lead a training program on the application of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act  (OHSA) ... Read more

Employer’s guide to sexual harassment complaints

In the first instalment of a three-part series, Ottawa employment lawyer Ella Forbes-Chilibeck explores key considerations for employers when dealing with complaints of ... Read more

Navigating disability benefit claims a ‘whack-a-mole’ game

For people who can’t work due to injury or illness, navigating the disability insurance process can be draining — sometimes to the point where application ... Read more

Proactive approach can soothe rocky work relationships

Early legal intervention can help get a struggling workplace relationship back on track before it’s too late, Ottawa employment lawyer  Ella Forbes-Chilibeck ... Read more

Pay transparency bill a challenge for employers

Ontario’s recently launched pay transparency legislation is a positive initiative that will alert job applicants when there’s a disparity in pay structure, but it may ... Read more

Therapeutic background helps solve clients' problems

Nothing surprises Ottawa employment lawyer Ella Forbes-Chilibeck . Before finding her calling in the law, the founder of Forbes-Chilibeck Employment Law had a two-decade ... Read more

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