How You Treat Your Employees Transcends How You Categorize Them

In recent years, companies like Uber have increased the public’s awareness of “worker misclassification”. While most non-lawyers likely don’t know (or care) about the legal nuances of the employee vs. independent contractor distinction, they understand that how a worker is categorized can affect her legal entitlements, particularly when she is dismissed from her job.

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Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employer Tips for 2016

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. Earlier this year, we posted lawyer Richard Johnson’s top ten employment law tips for employees in British Columbia. In the interests of equality and fairness, we thought it was high time we shared his employer tips. So, BC employers, here are RBJ’s top ten workplace law tips: When collecting personal employee […]

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When Hugging Becomes Harassment

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  In many circumstances, hugging represents an act of affection or comfort. An unexpected or unwanted hug, however, is another thing entirely – it violates personal space and boundaries and can cause mental and emotional distress. And, from a legal perspective, if it happens in the workplace, it can amount […]

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What is a Disability: Guidance for the Workplace

As an employer, you’re committed to creating a workplace free from discrimination. You understand the scope and purpose of Canadian human rights laws, and you have policies and processes in place to enable tolerant and respectful employment relationships. But for even the most diligent business owners, there can still be questions about how human rights […]

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Steel in Context – Developments in “Just Cause”

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Last year around this time, we blogged about the Court of Appeal’s conclusion in Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union that the employer had just cause to fire an employee who accessed a document in her manager’s personal folder. Both a majority of the Court of Appeal, and the trial […]

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Chellappa v. Kumar: Cryptic Comments about Employee Conduct from the BCCA

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. Earlier this year, our neighbours and good friends at Connect Family Law reviewed the recent BC Court of Appeal decision in Chellappa v. Kumar, a case that brought together family and labour laws. You can find Connect’s comments on the importance of the case for family lawyers and clients here. For […]

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Employment Standards: Why Ignorance is Not Bliss for Employers

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Lawyers know this idiom well, since it’s one of the first things taught in law school. Unfortunately, some non-lawyers are not familiar with it and, even when they are, may not have a full understanding of its implications. A group of Ontario […]

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Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employee Tips for 2016

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. Sure, it’s almost March, but it’s never too late for a good top ten list, is it? Actually, we decided to wait until the New Year was well under way to bring you these employee tips so that they didn’t get lost in the social media shuffle. Without further ado, here […]

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Maternity Leave and Job Protection: Are There Exceptions?

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  We’ve written before about the rights afforded to pregnant employees and new parents by both the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the ESA) and Human Rights Code (the Code). At the risk of repeating ourselves, here’s a brief review of some of the legal protections available to BC employees […]

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Workplace Dress Codes: What Employers Should Know

By Wendy Woloshyn. (Originally published January 2016; updated June 2018.) Does your organization have a dress code? If so, is it enforceable? For the vast majority of modern workplaces, rules or policies about how employees are expected to dress aren’t necessary. In 2018, it’s generally understood that we should show up for work looking neat, […]

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