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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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.
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 […]
By Shanti P. Reda and Erin Brandt. In this paper written for the 2017 CLEBC Employment Law Conference, co-authors Shanti Reda and Erin Brandt consider several recent court decisions dealing with the issue of undue hardship in the context of an employee human rights claim. Click here to read the article.
By Erin Brandt. Updated April 21, 2017 (Originally posted March 31, 2017) Gender-based dress codes have lately become a media “hot topic”. In March, I joined the public discussion when I spoke to CBC’s Andrew Chang about BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s proposal to outlaw high heels in the workplace. Much of the focus in […]