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Gender-Based Dress Codes: Do We Need Another Law?

By Erin Brandt. Gender-based dress codes have lately become a “hot topic” for British Columbia’s media outlets. The recent interest flows from Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s new Bill M237 which (if enacted) Mr. Weaver says will prevent employers from requiring that female employees wear high heels in the workplace. (I myself participated in the […]

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Fixed-Term Employment: Manage the Risks and Respect Your Employees

Some employment contracts specify an end date, some don’t. Why do employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there any difference?

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Workations: A Path Towards Sustainable Employment?

Workations as a concept are nothing new. Employees, executives and business owners brought paperwork with them on holiday and maintained remote contact with the office long before we entered the Digital Age.

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Probation: Why Bother?

We’ve weighed in previously on the issue of probationary employment and employers’ duties – and employees’ rights – in that context. A recent BC Supreme Court decision inspired us to consider the issue from a different perspective. Put simply: Are probationary periods necessary or advisable?

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The High Cost of Workplace Abuse

Contributor, Richard Johnson. Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal made an example of Mississauga employer Applied Consumer and Clinical Evaluations (ACCE ) when it ordered it to pay former employee Vicky Struckwick almost a quarter million dollars as compensation for her dismissal and the “campaign of abuse” she suffered in the workplace. The […]

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Sustainable Employment Contracts: Clear, Transparent, and Collaborative

We’ve written elsewhere about the importance of employers creating Sustainable Employment™ relationships with their employees, by which we mean relationships that are lasting, beneficial, and meaningful for everyone involved. As nice as that sounds, though, what does this look like in practice? To help translate theory into reality, we’re always on the lookout for real-life examples […]

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Simon Kent Speaks to BC Business About Independent Contractors

Simon Kent speaks to BC Business about the ins and outs of working as, and with, an independent contractor.

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Employers, it’s Time to Stress-Test your Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are serious business. Have you stress-tested yours lately? In the case of Alsip v. Top Rollshutters Inc. dba Talius , the employer’s loosely drafted employment contract and failure to discuss key employment terms with a new employee before hiring resulted in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, and a court order that the employer pay […]

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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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Note to Employers: The Duty of Good Faith Extends to More than Employment Contracts

Employment lawyers (and hopefully, their employer clients) are well familiar with the good faith concept in the employment context. In 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that there is an implied term of good faith in all employment contracts governing the manner of termination. Specifically, when dismissing an employee, an employer should not engage […]

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