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Doctor’s Note: Yes or No?

By Richard Johnson As employment lawyers, we are frequently asked whether an employer can (or should) require a medical note if an employee is away from work due to illness. Since we are right in the thick of the “home sick from work” season, we thought it timely to share our thoughts on this tricky […]

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Trevor Presents at BCVTA Fall Conference (October 2019)

Join Trevor Thomas at the 2019 BC Veterinary Technologists Association’s Fall Conference for a primer on some of the key employment law topics of interest to BC’s veterinary professionals.

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Fiona H. McFarlane Presents Keynote Address at YWIB (UBC) Career 101 (October 2019)

Join Keynote speaker Fiona H. McFarlane at this fall’s Young Women in Business Career 101 Conference (UBC).

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How Canadian Employers Address Bullying and Harassment: Fiona McFarlane speaks to SHRM Online (July 2019)

To date, British Columbia is the only Canadian province that has developed policies specifically addressing workplace bullying. What are a BC employer’s duties when it comes to this area of employee health and safety and how can they meet them? KEL’s Fiona McFarlane recently spoke to SHRM Online’s Catherine Skrzypinski about workplace investigations and employer […]

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Workplace Bullying and Harassment: What To Do if it Happens to You

By Erin Brandt. In November 2013, WorkSafeBC implemented new policies that address bullying and harassment in the workplace. These policies define bullying and harassment as: Including any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or […]

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Mental Health Protections for Employees are Good for Business – and They’re Also the Law!

By Richard Johnson. In its 2017 decision in Saadati v. Moorhead, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that mental health is essential to our society and its workers. In recent years, we have summarized on our blog several court decisions that reflect these principles, where a judge has granted additional damages to an employee who […]

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BC’s 14 Protected Grounds of Discrimination

By David Brown. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees at any time in the employment process.  What is discrimination and what grounds are protected under British Columbia’s human rights legislation? Lawyer David Brown explains in his latest blog post here.

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Valle Torres: Revisiting Key Principles for Calculating Damages

By Erin Brandt. We have written previously about how severance pay will generally be calculated if an employee is dismissed from work, and the need to treat an employee fairly in the manner of dismissal. (In case you missed them, we’ve included links to these articles at the end of this post.) Another recent BC […]

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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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