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The Duty to Relocate: How Far Does an Employee Have to Go to Find Work?

A key concept in the area of wrongful dismissal law is mitigation: following dismissal, an employee has a duty to mitigate her losses by searching for new employment. In fulfilling that duty, she must act “reasonably”. But what does “reasonably” mean in this context? Does the law require an employee to relocate in order to […]

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Will (Not) Work for Free: The Perils of Unpaid Internships

Nearly a year has passed since a Vancouver-based digital media company responded to online allegations of illegal employment practices by ending its unpaid internship policy. However, despite the furor that surrounded HootSuite’s posting – and pulling – of ads seeking free labour, the Canadian Press reported as recently as last month that unpaid internships are […]

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Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: When is an Independent Contractor really an Employee?

In this virtual era, the traditional workplace model of one site filled with many employees is gradually becoming replaced by the more modern approach of several individual workers operating remotely from a variety of locations, often home offices. The potential benefits to business owners of this alternative structure are myriad: reduced overhead, flexible work schedules, […]

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Employee Resignations: Not as Straightforward as They Seem

During a heated exchange at a contentious meeting, one of your employees tells you she’s quitting and won’t be coming back, then angrily exits the boardroom. Clearly, she’s resigned, right? The answer is…it depends.

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Better Safe Than Sorry – Top 5 Things to Include in Your Employment Contracts

The employment relationship is very much like a marriage – in an ideal world, both parties enter the union filled with excitement and hope for the future. Neither person wants to contemplate the possibility that the relationship might someday end. But the sad fact is that employee dismissal is just as much a reality as […]

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Preventing Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Responsible business owners know they have a legal obligation to help ensure the health and safety of their workers. They also know that a safe workplace is one where bullying and harassment are not tolerated. But until recently, BC employers may have been unsure about exactly how to recognize and address workplace bullying and harassment […]

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