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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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Mentoring: Sustaining the Legal Profession and Our Clients

Erin Brandt, Lawyer. “Nobody succeeds on their own…” (US President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, December 28, 2016) As January 2017 is National Mentoring Month in the United States (as so declared by President Obama), it seemed timely to write about mentoring in the legal profession. But how to approach the topic so that this post […]

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Erin Brandt: Change Maker

Erin Brandt is forward-thinking, and combines a millennial mindset with legal creativity to create impact and change in her clients’ lives.

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Vancouver Startup Recap: Erin Brandt Hears from Local Entrepreneurs

Erin speaks at Startup Week Vancouver, September 28, 2016 at The Profile.

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The BC Civil Resolution Tribunal: Legal Services for the 21st Century?

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  Traditional means for resolving legal disputes – i.e. the civil courts – can be slow, complicated, and expensive.  Over time, dispute resolution “alternatives” such as arbitration and mediation have emerged in response to these obstacles. The courts themselves have also introduced different ways for parties to try and resolve […]

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When Hugging Becomes Harassment

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  In many circumstances, hugging represents an act of affection or comfort. An unexpected or unwanted hug, however, is another thing entirely – it violates personal space and boundaries and can cause mental and emotional distress. And, from a legal perspective, if it happens in the workplace, it can amount […]

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