By Kimberly Darling. If you find yourself needing to consult an employment lawyer, there are a number of important questions you should be asking in that first meeting. 1. What are my rights as an employee? This really should be your first question. Non-unionized employees may have a written employment contract that sets out the […]
Just like an argument between spouses or best friends, disputes between an employee and employer can be complicated. Usually, a workplace dispute is not about just one thing.
Can an employee be disciplined and later fired for the same conduct?
Employers take note – employees covered by the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (ESA) will soon be entitled to significantly longer and brand new leaves of absence.
By Paula Krawus. Earlier this week, our lawyers hosted one of Kent Employment Law’s regular Employer Forums. The early risers started off with a coffee, some muffins and friendly chit chat, and then engaged with a room full of employers on the trending topic of cannabis in the workplace. Trevor Thomas canvassed the new Cannabis […]
By Tiffany Zanatta. When an employee goes on leave from work, does their vacation still accrue? Before answering that, let’s clarify what we mean by “leave”. Under the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the Act), employers are required to grant employees the following types of unpaid leave: Pregnancy leave Parental leave (for birth or adopting […]
Unfortunately, workplace sexual harassment continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing modern business owners. How can employers safeguard their employees’ rights while also managing risk? Earlier this month, Kent Employment Law lawyer Trevor Thomas joined lawyer Shea Coulson and Director of Operations at L’Abattoir Restaurant Lisa Haley to share their legal and […]
By Wendy Woloshyn. Summer is (almost) here, so it must be time for the Second Annual Kent/Connect Team (+ Family and Pets) Retreat! To truly give our Kelowna office folks a “retreat” experience, we decided to venture slightly west of last year’s location and congregate in Penticton for our weekend away. Given the success of […]
In his latest LinkedIn article, Richard Johnson argues that a bit of kindness and empathy may very well be the antidote to at least some of the workplace issues he sees in his practice. To learn more about this (controversial?) approach to employment relationships, check out the full article here.
By Tiffany Zanatta. Congratulations! You’ve been offered your dream job. Why the long face? Ah. Your new employer has sent you an employment contract, but you feel overwhelmed just thinking about it, let alone reading it – there’s a lot of information to take in. Should you just sign it? Maybe – but you’d be […]