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Can – and Should – Employers “Ban” After-Hours Work Email?

(First published May 2014. Updated June 2019.) Do you expect your employees to read and respond to work-related email after hours or on weekends? Or do you encourage your staff to “disconnect” once they leave the office? Some countries, like France, adopted laws that grants employees the legal right to ignore work emails outside of […]

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5 Questions to Consider When Exploring the Duty to Accommodate

By David Brown. An employer’s duty to accommodate under human rights law and the concept of “undue hardship” are complicated legal issues which impose high obligations on business owners. Improper management of a human rights issue or jumping too quickly to an undue hardship claim can result in a complaint to a human rights commission […]

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The Bikini Bistro and Discrimination in the Restaurant Industry

By David Brown. A new restaurant will be opening in Kamloops, BC, with a ‘unique’ dress code. As the name suggests, the Teenie Bikini Bistro will serve typical pub-style fare served by – wait for it – bikini girls. In today’s day-in-age, how is this still a thing? And how does this pass the smell test for […]

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For the Good of the Force: Erin quoted in Global News Exclusive on RCMP (May 2019)

In a May 2019 exclusive, Global News reporter Jane Gerster revealed her findings of an alleged RCMP campaign to dismiss members with disabilities. Ms. Gerster spoke with various officers affected, as well as several lawyers with special expertise in the areas of human rights and workplace accommodations. One of these legal experts was KEL’s Erin […]

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Calculating Severance: What Do the Courts Say?

By David Brown. While the creation and destruction of jobs is essential to our economy and workplaces, people affected by job loss are nonetheless dealing with a particular form of personal tragedy. After all, a job is not only a source of income; ideally, it contributes to our overall well-being and is an important part […]

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Important Changes to BC Labour and Employment Laws

By David Brown. While it has been understood for some time that British Columbia’s NDP government was looking to modernize labour and employment laws, the extent of these amendments was not clear. Well, the wait is over. This week, the provincial government formally announced its planned changes to the Employment Standards Act and to the Labour Relations Code […]

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Parents’ Rights: Richard Writes for Parent Support Services Society of BC

Choosing career or family. Parents, caregivers, human rights and the law. Things are changing in very positive ways and addressing the historical parenting quagmire: whether to choose career or family. Making employees choose between employment or family is no longer acceptable. It can actually be illegal to force employees to make that choice. In this […]

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Offering Referrals to Clients: A Cautionary Tale

By Richard Johnson. Those of us in the legal profession have been happy to guide clients toward other service providers as and when appropriate when an aspect of the client’s needs falls outside the scope of our practice. In a world of ever-increasing specialization, the need for referrals to those with particular areas expertise will only […]

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Does a 4-Day Work Week Work for Your Business?

By David Brown. Businesses are increasingly looking at ways to attract, retain and motivate talent. But for all the talk of ping-pong tables, bean chairs and remote offices, could one solution be as simple as restructuring the typical work week? In his most recent post, David Brown considers the possibilities and practicalities of moving your business […]

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The Story of Uber and the Arbitration Clause

By Paula Krawus. It’s no secret that that Uber is an innovator. Their simple business model – connecting drivers with riders through an online platform – has spread to every corner of the globe in just a decade. But the company’s success hasn’t come without some major problems. The latest of these is a class […]

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