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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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Workplace Discrimination: A Question of Power and Authority

It seems reasonable to expect that all workplace relationships are governed by the Human Rights Code. They aren’t.

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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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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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Employers, it’s Time to Stress-Test your Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are serious business. Have you stress-tested yours lately? In the case of Alsip v. Top Rollshutters Inc. dba Talius , the employer’s loosely drafted employment contract and failure to discuss key employment terms with a new employee before hiring resulted in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, and a court order that the employer pay […]

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Fixed-Term Employment Contracts: What Are the Risks for Employers?

With contributions by Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Lawyer. Some employment contracts specify an employment end date, and others don’t. Why should employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there really any difference? Often, an employer and employee will enter into their new working relationship hopefully, with the expectation that […]

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Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: When is an Independent Contractor really an Employee?

In this virtual era, the traditional workplace model of one site filled with many employees is gradually becoming replaced by the more modern approach of several individual workers operating remotely from a variety of locations, often home offices. The potential benefits to business owners of this alternative structure are myriad: reduced overhead, flexible work schedules, […]

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Better Safe Than Sorry – Top 5 Things to Include in Your Employment Contracts

The employment relationship is very much like a marriage – in an ideal world, both parties enter the union filled with excitement and hope for the future. Neither person wants to contemplate the possibility that the relationship might someday end. But the sad fact is that employee dismissal is just as much a reality as […]

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