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Getting the Disability Benefits You’re Entitled To

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the only reason we went to work each day was because we loved our job? The reality is that most of us are employed, at least in part, out of necessity.

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Back to Work, Post-Divorce

If separation and/or divorce happens while one parent is still at home, this will likely result in an earlier-than-intended return to the workforce due to financial necessity.

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Midwives Subject to Gender Discrimination: Association of Ontario Midwives v. Ontario

By Erin Brandt. Last month, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued an historic decision. The Tribunal ruled that the Ontario government has been discriminating against Ontario midwives since 2005 on the basis of sex as a result of the difference between the compensation paid to midwives and Community Health Care Clinic (CHC) physicians. What happens […]

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Non-Compete Clauses: The Fundamentals

Some employers will include a non-competition or non-compete clause – aka a “restrictive covenant” – in an employee’s contract to restrict that employee’s ability to compete with the business if the employee ever quits or is fired. Put simply, a (properly-drafted) non-competition clause prevents an employee from doing a certain activity, in a certain area, […]

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Four Questions Employees Should Ask Their Employment Lawyer

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 […]

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: To Which Tribunal Should (May) I Go?

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.

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Double Discipline: Is It Allowed?

Can an employee be disciplined and later fired for the same conduct?

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Changes to BC Laws Entitle Employees to Expanded and New Forms of Leave from Work

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.

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Recap: Employer Forum June 2018

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 […]

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Does Going on Leave Affect an Employee’s Vacation Entitlements?

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 […]

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