Sarah Hentschel Associate


“I get to know each of my clients so I can provide them with personalized service.”

Sarah is an Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Watson Goepel LLP. She represents and advises employers across Canada with regards to all aspects of Workplace Law. Sarah also represents and advises individuals with respect to disability claims against insurers, employers or unions, and those with claims for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits or Employment Insurance Sickness benefits.

Sarah has cases before the Employment Standards Tribunal of BC, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Social Security Tribunal, and the Supreme and Provincial Courts of British Columbia.

Sarah’s Top Five Tips for Disability Claims

  • Seek professional advice right away. Preliminary consultations are free.
  • Don’t assume because an insurance company tells you “your claim is denied” or “your file is closed” or “you are no longer entitled to benefits after two years”, that that is the final word on your entitlement. It rarely is.
  • You have obligations to your employer while off work, even if you are on an approved long term disability claim. Find out what they are so you can maintain a good employer relationship and maintain other benefits.
  • Those with a workplace injury should still apply for long term disability benefits.
  • If you are settling a car accident or personal injury claim while you are receiving long term disability benefits, there are important questions your personal injury/motor vehicle claim lawyer should be asking the disability insurer BEFORE you settle your personal injury claim.


  • LLB, University of British Columbia, 2002
  • BAH, Queens University, 1995


  • British Columbia, 2003

Work Highlights

Represents and advises employers across Canada with regards to all aspects of Workplace Law including:

  • Drafting Employment Contracts; Employee Handbooks and Policies
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations
  • Employee Terminations
  • Advising and Defending Employee Claims of Wrongful Dismissal and Breach of Privacy Harassment etc.
  • Privacy and Information Request Issues
  • Restrictive Covenant Issues (Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Protection)
  • Scope of the Duty to Accommodate and Human Rights Obligations

Represents and advises individuals with respect to claims against insurers, employers or unions for:

  • Short and Long Term Disability Benefits
  • Life Insurance, Accidental Death
  • Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Failure to Accommodate
  • Scope of Employer and Employee Duties During Medical Leave
    Represents individuals with claims for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits or Employment Insurance Sickness benefits.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member of Pension and Benefits Section
  • British Columbia Bar Association, Member of Employment Section and Human Rights Section
  • Board Member, Vancouver Theatre Sports League

Recent News from Sarah Hentschel

8 May 2020

Protected leave and sick leave: What counts as “reasonably sufficient proof”?

** This article does not contain legal advice. There can be legal differences across industries and jurisdictions (i.e. federally versus provincially regulated workplaces). In addition, employee contracts can vary the suggestions set out in this article. Please consult with counsel before you implement any new strategy which deviates from your current policies and procedures.** The…

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Employee rights to refuse unsafe work during COVID-19

All workers have the right to a healthy and safe workplace. As such, they have the right to refuse unsafe work – in other words, they may refuse work that they believe has the potential to harm themselves or others at the worksite. In B.C., the work refusal process is set out in the Occupational…

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