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Rights and Obligations in a WorkSafeBC Inspection

There are few things more unsettling to employers than a surprise visit by a WorkSafeBC investigator, whatever the motivation for the inspection may be. While many managers may want to respond by telling the investigators to “get lost”, a more sensible approach starts with understanding everyone’s rights, obligations, and expectations during investigations of this nature.

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Criminal, Credit and Medical Background Checks: Are They Legal?

Do employers have the right to perform background checks relating to a job applicant’s criminal record, credit rating and medical health? If so, are there any limits on these rights? David Brown answers these questions and others in this week’s post on his BC Employment Law Blog. He also explains why employers should consider their reasons for […]

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Workplace Investigations: What Are My Rights?

If asked to participate in a workplace investigation, what are an employee’s rights? David Brown explains.

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The Challenge of Terminating for Cause: Stock v. Oak Bay Marina Ltd.

What’s the difference between a termination with cause and without? Read David Brown’s post and find out.

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Tips for Employers: How to Calculate Stat Holiday Pay in BC

“It was my understanding that there would be no math.” (Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford, Saturday Night Live, 1976) Which holidays does the BC Employment Standards Act recognize as official stat holidays? Which employees qualify for those holidays? And for those who do, how do you calculate their stat holiday pay entitlements? This week, David […]

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Probationary Periods – Are they Legal in Canada?

David Brown, Lawyer. Probationary periods in employment… for  something seeming so simple,  they still cause a lot of confusion, and employees and employers alike are frequently mistaken about the legality of probationary periods and how they apply to the non-unionized worker. Employees who are terminated during probationary periods often accept their lot without ever receiving legal advice, […]

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3 Problems with Union Members Hiring their Own Lawyers

David Brown, Lawyer. I often receive requests for consultations from unionized workers dissatisfied with their employer, their union or both. Frequently, this dissatisfaction arises out of the worker having a grievance with the company, but he or she feels that they are not receiving proper representation from their union. Before going ahead and hiring a […]

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