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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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Paradise Lost – Firing an Employee on Vacation

By Samantha Stepney. Are you considering firing an employee who is on vacation in order to avoid a scene at the office? We recommend that you reconsider this strategy for both legal and other reasons. Aggravated Damages All employers owe their employees a duty of good faith and fair dealing in the manner of termination. […]

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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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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 3): Special Rules for Special Industries

By Geoff Mason. Last month, we continued my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a focus on things to consider when hiring young employees. In today’s post (Part 3), I highlight some of the special rules that apply to certain industries that are especially active during the summer. The summer brings a surge in […]

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Seasonal Worker Series (Part 2): Young Employees

By Geoff Mason. Last month, we launched my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a focus on the pros and cons of using fixed term contracts for seasonal workers. In today’s post (Part 2), I turn to the topic of young employees (defined as age 14 and under) and offer some employment law reminders […]

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A Dismissed Employee’s Right to Notice or Severance: A Review of The Basics

By Samantha Stepney. Many employees who seek our advice following termination are surprised to learn that so long as their employer has not violated any human rights laws, the employee can be fired for any reason. If the reason amounts to “just cause” – which includes things like theft and insubordination – the employee is […]

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Employment Standards: Why Ignorance is Not Bliss for Employers

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Lawyers know this idiom well, since it’s one of the first things taught in law school. Unfortunately, some non-lawyers are not familiar with it and, even when they are, may not have a full understanding of its implications. A group of Ontario […]

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Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employee Tips for 2016

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. Sure, it’s almost March, but it’s never too late for a good top ten list, is it? Actually, we decided to wait until the New Year was well under way to bring you these employee tips so that they didn’t get lost in the social media shuffle. Without further ado, here […]

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Top 10 Overtime Tips for Employers

Do your employees work overtime? If so… Do you know when and how much to pay them? How – and how well – do you keep track of their hours? Do you have an OT policy in place that is fair, transparent, and consistently applied? A series of class action employee lawsuits out of Ontario […]

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Money (That’s What I Want): Can an Employer Recover Mistaken Overpayments from its Employees?

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. What happens when an employer makes a payroll mistake? Can it recover accidental overpayments from its employees? The overpayment issue recently gained media attention in Canada when grocery chain Loblaws demanded that a group of workers in Surrey, BC pay back thousands of dollars after the employer made a payment error. […]

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