By Erin Brandt. In November 2017, we applauded a forward-thinking BC Human Rights Tribunal decision (Suen v. Envirocon) that offered hope for a change in the law relating to family status discrimination. In that case, Mr. Suen argued that his dismissal for refusing to accept a temporary work transfer to Manitoba, which would have taken […]
(Originally published 2014. Updated February 2019.) Although often a time of excitement and anticipation, pregnancy can also bring with it an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. While we sympathize with any questions you may have about sleep training, nutrition, or discipline, we will leave these topics to the experts. What we can give you is some […]
New Year’s Resolutions. Worn-out cliché? Maybe, but that doesn’t stop me from making them.
By Kimberly Darling and Wendy Woloshyn. We have considered probation a number of times previously on our blog, usually from the point of view of the employer. In this post, we’re going back to basics, with what we’re calling “Probation FAQs” for employers and employees. What is probation? Basically, probation is a period of time, […]
By Richard Johnson. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…There’ll be parties for hosting…” Yes, the season of celebration (sometimes to excess!) is upon us once again. The office holiday party is a December mainstay for many businesses, and such events can indeed be a “wonderful” opportunity to enjoy time with your staff in […]
At last month’s Vancouver Employer Forum, we took on the challenge of tackling two timely workplace issues: #metoo and gender.
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]