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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

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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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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