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Workplace Sexual Harassment: An Employment Law Perspective

From both a legal and a human perspective, a well-functioning and sustainable workplace must confront and find ways to remedy issues of sexual harassment.

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PDC 2018 Recap: Erin and Heidi Share their Expertise

Erin Brandt and Heidi Eaves (from Project House Business Solutions) recently spoke to dental professionals at Vancouver’s 2018 Pacific Dental Conference about creating healthy, engaging and legally compliant workplaces. The conversation was wide-ranging…

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CPHR Legal Symposium 2018: Erin and Heidi Talk about Gender

By Erin Brandt. At last week’s Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (BCYK) 2018 Legal Symposium, Heidi Eaves (Principal at Project House) and I led a rich and rewarding discussion on gender issues in the workplace. Our session began with a conversation about gender bias in hiring and advancement opportunities, wage inequalities, parental leave, dress codes, […]

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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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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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Why is sexual harassment not going away? (Erin Brandt quoted in Canadian HR Reporter)

For the November 27, 2017 issue of Canadian HR Reporter, Marcel Vander Wierr spoke to various legal and HR experts, including Kent Employment Law’s Erin Brandt, about the important role that human resources professionals and managers play in preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment.  For Erin’s insights on this timely topic, read the article here.

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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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Vancouver Startup 2017 Recap: Erin and Heidi Engage with Entrepreneurs

Erin Brandt and co-presenter Heidi Eaves, Principal at Project House, spoke to a packed room at The Profile filled primarily with representatives from new companies thinking about growth and hiring. In a thoughtful and at times provocative discussion, the group covered the basics and then some. Read on!

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Stewart: Balancing Collective and Individual Rights

How can an employer ensure a safe workplace while also protecting its individual employees’ human rights? Erin Brandt considers this question in her latest case law update. Read Erin’s review of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. here.

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Human Rights in BC: Should We Follow Ontario’s Example?

By Erin Brandt. The purposes of our provincial Human Rights Code are to: Foster a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia. Promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Prevent […]

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