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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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Sustainable Employment: Make Every New Hire Count

Your recruiting efforts have paid off. After weeks (or months) of placing ads, reading resumes, and holding interviews, you’ve finally found someone who seems like a fantastic fit for your organization. You’re ready to make an offer. What do you need to know before you do? In anticipation of our upcoming Employer Forum on hiring […]

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Heather Hettiarachchi Speaks at Vancouver HRMA Roundtable Mar 8

Join Kent Employment Law lawyer and human resources specialist Heather Hettiarachchi and learn about key human resources issues in relation to the ageing workforce.

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Accrued Vacation and Reasonable Notice: Helping Sustain Your Employees on Termination

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. There are several things an employer needs to be mindful of when determining a dismissed employee’s reasonable notice entitlements – many of which we’ve covered elsewhere in this blog (see examples here, here, and here). As complex as the calculation might seem at first glance, the guiding principle for employers can be […]

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Successful Wrongful Dismissal 2015

Our 50-year old upper management client was dismissed after 25 years of service. The employer argued that our client failed to mitigate her damages by not making reasonable efforts to seek alternate employment, and introduced expert testimony regarding our client’s mitigation efforts. The court ruled in our client’s favour, finding that her job search was […]

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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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Steinebach v. Clean Energy: What Are a Commissioned Employee’s Severance Entitlements?

Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. When it comes to calculating an employee’s entitlements on termination, the primary focus tends to be on how many months of severance (or notice) the dismissed employee should receive. A secondary but equally important aspect of the calculation is what types of compensation should be included in the final severance amount. […]

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What’s Fair? Severance and Probationary Employees

With contributions from Richard Johnson, Lawyer. Consider this scenario: Your new employee isn’t working out quite the way you had hoped. You’ve made the tough decision that it’s better for everyone – you, him, the Company – if you end the employment relationship now. Since he’s only been with you for six weeks, you’re not […]

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