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Geoff and Trevor Join DRG to Talk Return-to-Work (April 2018)

On April 27, our friends at Diversified Rehabilitation Group (DRG) will be offering a full-day workshop that will provide participants with the knowledge and resources they need to develop a successful employee return-to-work program. The day’s presenters will include Kent Employment Law lawyers Geoff Mason and Trevor Thomas, who will review key human rights issues […]

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The Gig Economy: How Should Regulators Respond?

By Geoff Mason. While you might not have heard the term before, the “gig economy” has grown tremendously over the past decade or so. The broader concept of the gig economy is foreign to most, but the companies that comprise it are familiar to many. Uber, Airbnb, and Grubhub are all examples of companies operating […]

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Decline of Traditional Retail

By Geoff Mason. The holiday season brings many things to mind. Wrapping presents while sipping a glass of rum and eggnog. Playing hockey with friends on a frozen pond. And, of course, being packed into a frenetic supermall like a sardine. For those who never found the traditional Christmas shopping experience very appealing, respite may […]

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Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 2 (Employers)

Employment contracts come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in terms of detail, style and substance. There’s one thing they all have in common, however. Every employment agreement is FULL of implied terms.

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Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 1 (Employees)

Employment contracts come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in terms of detail, style and substance. There’s one thing they all have in common, however. Every employment agreement is FULL of implied terms.

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Japanese Vending Machines: The High Cost of Low-Skilled Labour

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ve probably noticed the bevy of vending machines. They’re everywhere. In fact, there are approximately 23 vending machines for every person in Japan. For a population of 127 million people, that’s, well…a lot of vending machines.

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The Gig Economy: Geoff Mason on Roundhouse Radio

What does the gig economy mean for B.C. workers? Geoff Mason weighs in.

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B.C. laws lag behind fast-rising gig economy (Geoff Mason quoted in BIV)

“The bottom line is that the way the employment standards protections are structured currently, they did not have this economic concept in mind,” Geoff Mason tells Business in Vancouver.

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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 5): Ending the Seasonal Employment Relationship

As we head into the last few weeks of summer, we look at the rights and obligations of employers and employees when it comes to ending seasonal employment.

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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 4): Stat Holidays and Vacation

By Geoff Mason. Earlier this month, we continued my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a post describing the special employment rules that apply to certain summer-centric industries. In today’s post (Part 4), I review the rules that apply to statutory holiday pay and vacation entitlements. Of the 10 statutory holidays in British Columbia, […]

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