Join KEL Partner Richard Johnson at this year’s HRD Employment Law Masterclass in Vancouver on Feb 19 to learn everything you need to know about long-term absenteeism in the workplace!
Employee who got $6 BBQ sauce as holiday gift says he was fired for angry tweet By Graham Slaughter. CTV News.ca, January 3, 2020 A BC employee was fired after complaining on Twitter that his employer gave him a cheap, seemingly thoughtless gift for Christmas. Was the firing legal? Or just ill-advised? Lawyer Richard Johnson […]
Nestled in the Okanagan wine country, our Kelowna office is hiring a litigation associate to help service our growing client base. The ideal candidate will have 0-3 years of experience, although a background in employment litigation is a strong asset. More than anything, our ideal candidate is highly motivated to learn, possesses the temperament to […]
Can employees sue HR over bad references? By Rachel Ranosa, Human Resources Director Canada, December 11, 2019 Defamation in the workplace isn’t limited to gossiping around the watercooler. Sometimes, an employer who provides false statements about a former employee during a background check may end up getting sued for defamation. Find out more, including what […]
UVic threatens disciplinary action if athletes speak about coach investigation By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, November 22, 2019 Three rowers who accused their coach of harassment and verbal abuse say the University of Victoria has threatened them with disciplinary action if they speak about the results of the investigation. Find out more, including what […]
Drunken, heated argument about sugar daddies gets server fired — but leads to sweet payout By Liam Britten, British Columbia, CBC, November 22, 2019 KEL Partner Richard Johnson says he’s not surprised by a recent tribunal ruling that found a Vancouver restaurant did not have just cause when it fired a part-time server for her […]
(Originally published 2015. Updated November 2019) Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. As we’ve explained elsewhere in this blog, unless there is a termination clause in her employment contract, the amount of notice or severance a dismissed employee is entitled to depends on several factors, namely: The nature of her employment Her length of service Her age […]
By Wendy Woloshyn. Most Canadians are aware that their human rights are protected on the job. What you might not know is that this protection includes the pre-employment stage. If a company’s hiring process discriminates against certain applicants on the basis of a “protected ground” (e.g. race, age, sex, family status, gender identity, etc.), or […]
Paula Krawus will be part of a panel at this year’s CLEBC Human Rights Conference in Vancouver, discussing the “extraordinary” remedies available to employees through BC’s Human Rights Tribunal. Join her!
By Wendy Woloshyn. What happens if an employee gets fired without cause before his or her bonus gets paid? What if the employment contract says that to receive the bonus, the employee must still be employed at the time it’s paid out? The answers might surprise you. Integral and Discretionary My colleague Richard Johnson has […]