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Employee Dismissal: A Morality Tale (Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada)

By Erin Brandt. Last month, an Ontario Court ordered Wal-Mart Canada to pay a dismissed executive $750,000 in punitive and moral damages. As this award was one of the highest of its kind in Canada, we thought the case was worth special mention. What type of conduct by an employer could have led to such […]

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Shewchuk: Special Costs for “Special” Behavior

By Tiffany Zanatta. The British Columbia Supreme Court recently provided a strong reminder to employers about the importance of honoring their settlement obligations, and the consequences if they don’t. After concluding that a post-dismissal settlement had been reached and breached, the court in Shewchuk v. IBM Canada decided that an extraordinary remedy was appropriate in […]

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Words from Simon: The Year in Review (2017)

The past 12 months have flown by, and while we don’t want to interrupt that (positive) momentum, we do think it’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on the goodness that was 2017. Looking back, here are some of the themes from KEL’s past year that stand out…

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Closed for the Holidays? Mandatory Vacations and the Duty to Accommodate Religious Observance

By David Brown. (Originally published November 2013.) Across Canada, it is not uncommon for many small businesses to close their operations for the period between Christmas and New Years. There are many good reasons for this, as business owners may be looking for family time while the kids are out of school, a visit to […]

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

Lawyer Erin Brandt, Contributor (originally posted December 9, 2015). 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 blog post on December Dismissals), we […]

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Secret Recordings, Part 2: Still a Bad Idea

By Fiona Anderson. Earlier this year, I blogged about whether it was legal to record conversations without letting the person being recorded know the recording was happening. Yes, it’s legal, since only one person in the conversation needs to consent, and that would be the person doing the recording. (If the person doing the recording […]

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Decline of Traditional Retail

By Geoff Mason. The holiday season brings many things to mind. Wrapping presents while sipping a glass of rum and eggnog. Playing hockey with friends on a frozen pond. And, of course, being packed into a frenetic supermall like a sardine. For those who never found the traditional Christmas shopping experience very appealing, respite may […]

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Kelowna Employer Forum Recap: Disability and Workplace Accommodation (November 2017)

As part of its commitment to supporting employers in their efforts to create healthy, thriving workplaces, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series, an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Offered in both Vancouver and Kelowna, these breakfast events are an opportunity for employers to learn from the experts and connect […]

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Suen: Family Status Protections for Both Parents

By Erin Brandt. The British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code) protects employees who have competing work and family obligations from discrimination on the job. Put another way, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against their workers (including by firing them) because of their family status. Until recently, an employee complaining to BC’s Human Rights […]

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Employer Forum Recap: Disability and Workplace Accommodation (Sept 2017)

As part of its commitment to supporting employers in their efforts to create healthy, thriving workplaces, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series, an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Offered in both Vancouver and Kelowna, these breakfast events are an opportunity for employers to learn from the experts and connect […]

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