“I feel I have the best of all worlds. Undertaking workplace investigations means that an organization can make use of my expertise to help them determine whether there is an issue and if that issue requires employer action. Conducting training allows me to educate and train employees across various sectors to develop their skills with a view to improving their internal investigation processes for better management of workplace issues.”
Kenda Murphy is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in civil and criminal litigation. Over the course of her career she has been in private practice and worked in the public sector with the Public Prosecution Service, Department of Justice and Health Association Nova Scotia. Most recently Kenda was the Associate Director & Counsel of the Employee/ Labour Relations Unit at Queen’s University. Throughout her career, she has negotiated collective agreements on behalf of Employers in the acute care, continuing care, and university sectors. She has represented clients at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the courts of Appeal in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and at various administrative tribunals.
At Rubin Thomlinson, Kenda conducts workplace investigations into harassment, bullying, poisoned workplaces, and Bill 132 complaints. Kenda also conducts workplace audits that delve into the underlying causes of low productivity, poor morale, communication issues, and interdepartmental conflict. Once investigations are concluded with a Fact Finding Report, with or without recommendations, Kenda remains available to her clients to work on the implementation of appropriate avenues of resolution including, but not limited to, restoration, mediation, and facilitation. Kenda is also able to deliver these services in French.
Kenda also assists her clients by providing training to staff at all levels on conducting workplace investigations and human rights issues in the workplace. Past training sessions also include managing in unionized environments; conducting investigations in the university and college context; conducting sexual harassment and violence investigations; performance management – how to and why; and discipline and discharge.
Kenda spent a number of years as part-time faculty at Saint Mary’s University where she taught Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and is an accredited creator of the test bank and power point presentation for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of Fiona McQuarrie’s textbook,Industrial Relations in Canada.
When she is not working, Kenda enjoys travelling to places near and far. She enjoys time with family and friends in many locales across the Maritimes and spends as much time as possible exploring museums, churches, and vineyards across Europe.