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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

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 2016, it’s generally understood that we should show up for work looking neat, presentable and industry-appropriate. For some employers, however, concerns about branding, […]

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Karmel v. Calgary Jewish Academy: When Cause Allegations Become Bad Faith Conduct

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. At the risk of repeating ourselves (see previous posts on just cause dismissals here and here), this week’s blog post revisits the topic of just cause and the potential for financial disaster when an employer makes unfounded allegations against an employee. In a recent, high-profile employment law decision from […]

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Accrued Vacation and Reasonable Notice: Helping Sustain Your Employees on Termination

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. There are several things an employer needs to be mindful of when determining a dismissed employee’s reasonable notice entitlements – many of which we’ve covered elsewhere in this blog (see examples here, here, and here). As complex as the calculation might seem at first glance, the guiding principle for employers can be […]

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How to Celebrate Your Employees in a Meaningful Way this Holiday Season

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. When it comes to blogging about workplace issues during the holidays, the focus tends to be on the potential pitfalls: office party bad behaviour, ill-timed firings, and religious intolerance. Since we ourselves have contributed to this holiday catastrophizing (see our recent blog post on December Dismissals), we decided to […]

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December Dismissals: What are the Risks for Employers?

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. As we’ve explained elsewhere in this blog, unless there is a termination clause in her employment contract, the amount of notice or severance a dismissed employee is entitled to depends on several factors, namely: The nature of her employment Her length of service Her age The availability of similar employment, having […]

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Social Media and the Workplace: From Hiring to Firing

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. In a previous post on this site, we looked at whether an employee’s social media activity can give her employer cause to fire her. Since that time, social media channels have continued to multiply, as has their use and sometimes abuse. For those of us who are employed, or hope to […]

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Dhatt v. Kal Tire: Another (Difficult) Lesson in “Just Cause” for Employers

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Within the field of employment law, the topic of “just cause” gets a lot of attention from legal bloggers. Our blog page alone offers several different posts on the subject. Part of the reason for this is the significant hurdles employers face in proving they had just cause to fire an […]

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Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: The More Things Change…

Change can be scary. The first question on most people’s minds when change is on the horizon is: What will this mean for me? As an employer, workplace change can be doubly overwhelming, since you need to consider not only your own interests, but also those of your employees. And when that change is imposed […]

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Does an Employee’s Duty to Mitigate Extend to Offers of Re-employment Following Dismissal?

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. It is a basic, fundamental principle of Canadian wrongful dismissal law that an employee has a duty to mitigate her losses following the termination of her employment. The essence of this duty is that a dismissed employee must look for comparable work matching her skills, qualifications and professional status. If an […]

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