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Flex Hours: Making it Work for Your Business

If the number of articles published on Forbes.com alone is any indication, workplace flexibility is a hot topic for today’s employers. Researchers and pundits alike hail the benefits of flexible work arrangements, which include employee happiness, productivity, and engagement. In certain circumstances, such as where an employee faces health issues or family responsibilities, flexible work […]

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How Employers Can Foster “Sustainable Employment” 

Last month, Kent Employment Law lawyer, Trevor Thomas, was invited to the offices of SRK Consulting Canada to speak to members of the Engineering Human Resources Association. Trevor’s focus was on how employers can foster “sustainable employment” in the workplace through their employee contracts. Sustainable employment refers to an employment relationship that is long-lasting and built on principles such […]

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Sustainable Employment: Make Every New Hire Count

Your recruiting efforts have paid off. After weeks (or months) of placing ads, reading resumes, and holding interviews, you’ve finally found someone who seems like a fantastic fit for your organization. You’re ready to make an offer. What do you need to know before you do? In anticipation of our upcoming Employer Forum on hiring […]

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Employment Standards: Why Ignorance is Not Bliss for Employers

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Lawyers know this idiom well, since it’s one of the first things taught in law school. Unfortunately, some non-lawyers are not familiar with it and, even when they are, may not have a full understanding of its implications. A group of Ontario […]

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Andres Barker Educates New Canadians about their Employment Rights

Andres Barker will visit Vancouver’s Kiwassa Neighbourhood House to help educate a group of new Canadians about their employment law rights.

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Top 10 Overtime Tips for Employers

Do your employees work overtime? If so… Do you know when and how much to pay them? How – and how well – do you keep track of their hours? Do you have an OT policy in place that is fair, transparent, and consistently applied? A series of class action employee lawsuits out of Ontario […]

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Money (That’s What I Want): Can an Employer Recover Mistaken Overpayments from its Employees?

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. What happens when an employer makes a payroll mistake? Can it recover accidental overpayments from its employees? The overpayment issue recently gained media attention in Canada when grocery chain Loblaws demanded that a group of workers in Surrey, BC pay back thousands of dollars after the employer made a payment error. […]

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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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What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee? 6 Things You Need to Know

Although often a time of excitement and anticipation, pregnancy can also bring with it an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. While we sympathize with any questions you may have about sleep training, nutrition, or discipline, we will leave these topics to the experts. What we can give you is some information and reassurance about your employment […]

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Employment Law Update – Skana v. Lazauskas

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee being sued by a former employer was able to take the unusual step of using the British Columbia Employment Standards Act as a shield against the employer’s claim.

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