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Kelowna Employer Forum Recap: Recruitment and Hiring (June 2017)

In 2016, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series in Vancouver. An in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals, our Forums offer an opportunity to connect and learn from each other in a casual, relaxed setting. Earlier this month, we were delighted to introduce our Employer Forums to the Okanagan business community. […]

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Training Costs: Business Risks and Benefits

By Samantha Stepney. Some jobs require specialized training.  Where an employer requires this training as a condition of employment but offers to pay the associated costs (sometimes thousands of dollars), both parties benefit: the employer is assured of hiring a qualified candidate and the employee gains new employment as well as a free skills upgrade. […]

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Kelowna Team Retreat 2017: Recap

We are pleased to say that we can personally attest to the truth of Mayor Basran’s recent YouTube message: Kelowna is still open for business and a great place to visit! Now that our Okanagan office is (already!) six months old, we thought it high time for the Vancouver gang to take a field trip […]

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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 2): Young Employees

By Geoff Mason. Last month, we launched my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a focus on the pros and cons of using fixed term contracts for seasonal workers. In today’s post (Part 2), I turn to the topic of young employees (defined as age 14 and under) and offer some employment law reminders […]

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Employer Forum Recap: Dismissal Done Right (May 2017)

Introduced in 2016, Kent Employment Law’s quarterly Employer Forums are an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Our most recent Forum, hosted as always by lawyer Trevor Thomas, took place on May 30. The topic this time was a particularly challenging one: how to end the employment relationship. Leading the discussion were […]

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Look to employment contract to assess entitlement after harassment: AdvocateDaily.com

For those seeking compensation after enduring workplace harassment, their employment contract is often a significant indicator of how much money they could receive in a claim.

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Honesty: The Best Policy…but Not Necessary When Enforcing a Contract

How far do the contractual duties of honesty and good faith extend when it comes to the employment relationship? Can Canadian courts disregard the wording of a contract in the name of “fairness”? Samantha Stepney considers these timely questions, and others, in her latest case law update. Read Samantha’s review of the recent Alberta Court […]

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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 1): Fixed-Term Contracts

In today’s post, the first in a 5-part series, we focus on the risks, benefits and alternatives to using fixed-term contracts for seasonal workers.

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Aspect Structural Engineers: Building Employee Trust and Respect

When Gina Sheppard, Partner at Aspect Structural Engineers, told us that her firm had recently introduced policies allowing employees to take unlimited vacation and set their own work hours, we were intrigued.

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Parents’ Rights at Work: Today’s Parent Magazine

For those parents who aren’t aware of their workplace rights, Richard Johnson provides a helpful primer in the May issue of Today’s Parent on how human rights and employment standards law work to protect them on the job.

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