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“At-Will” vs. Employee Protections: Tips for US Employers Operating in BC

With contributions from Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Lawyer. Living in Canada, many of us take for granted the idea that, absent serious misconduct, a fired employee is entitled to some form of compensation on termination, commonly referred to as “severance”. In British Columbia, as in most other Canadian provinces, an ex-employee’s severance rights arise under […]

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What’s Fair? Severance and Probationary Employees

With contributions from Richard Johnson, Lawyer. Consider this scenario: Your new employee isn’t working out quite the way you had hoped. You’ve made the tough decision that it’s better for everyone – you, him, the Company – if you end the employment relationship now. Since he’s only been with you for six weeks, you’re not […]

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Just Cause: Consider the Context

With contributions from Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. While the phrase “just cause” has become a part of the public lexicon (so much so that it has been used as the title of a popular action-adventure video game), the term actually has a specific legal meaning that few non-lawyers are fully familiar with. In fact, in our […]

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Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union: Did the Penalty Fit the Crime?

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. For the second time this year, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled on the issue of whether dismissal without notice can be warranted for a single act of misconduct. (See our previous blog post on Roe v. BC Ferries for a discussion of the first.) In this blog post […]

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Manager or Employee – Why Does It Matter?

With contributions by Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. You’ve just been offered a promotion to [Fill in the Blank] Manager – congratulations! If you’re lucky, your change in job title will bring with it increased compensation and authority. In British Columbia, there are also employment law implications to holding a management position. This post deals with some […]

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Employer Reference Letters: What Are You Afraid Of?

When it comes to writing reference letters, the current employer mindset seems to be “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” – also known as Thumper’s Rule. Some employment lawyers have echoed this advice. It seems that an almost paralyzing fear of the (more imagined than real?) repercussions of giving a […]

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Roe v. BC Ferries: A trifling theft is still a theft

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. In a judgment issued earlier this year, the British Columbia Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge’s decision that a senior level employee was unjustly dismissed after giving away free food vouchers to his daughter’s sports teams. The plaintiff was the manager of the Duke Point ferry terminal for approximately 4.5 […]

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“I Quit”: When Does an Employee Have to Give Notice of Resignation?

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Many employees who leave a job voluntarily refer to handing in their “two weeks’ notice” that they are quitting. But is this practice actually required by law? It’s a question we often hear from resigning employees. Unlike the notice of termination requirements imposed on employers by employment standards legislation, there is […]

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Employees, Social Media and Just Cause: Lessons for Employers

It’s never wise to badmouth your boss. Doing so on social media can be downright dumb. But does it amount to just cause for dismissal? In some cases, absolutely. A number of labour decisions over the past several years have considered how an employee’s off-duty social media activity can damage an employer’s business or reputation […]

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Fixed-Term Employment Contracts: What Are the Risks for Employers?

With contributions by Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Lawyer. Some employment contracts specify an employment end date, and others don’t. Why should employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there really any difference? Often, an employer and employee will enter into their new working relationship hopefully, with the expectation that […]

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