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Can your Employer Call the Shot? The Question of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace

By Stephanie Cousineau and Kim Darling. In December 2020, the first person in Canada received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So began Stage 1 of the vaccine rollout, during which the government expects over 5 million people will be vaccinated. Another 12 million are expected to get their shots during Stage 2 (between […]

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Recap: Virtual Employer Forum – Employment Contracts in the time of COVID-19

By Wendy Woloshyn. Last month, Kent Employment Law hosted its first Virtual Employer Forum of 2021. The topic? Employment contracts in the time of COVID-19. KEL lawyers Fiona McFarlane and Simon Kent reviewed the basics, highlighting several key issues for employers to consider when it comes to contracting with their employees, including overtime, layoffs, non-competition […]

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Federal and BC Government Response to COVID-19: Fact Sheet for Employers and Employees

Updated February 1, 2021. The following Fact Sheet compiles information found on government websites relating to the key financial programs and initiatives that the Canadian and BC governments have implemented in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A. Federal Government Programs Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Temporary Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program Canada Emergency Business Account […]

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We’re Hiring in Surrey!

Kent Employment Law is an established, forward-thinking employment law firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, Surrey and Victoria, BC. We offer a competitive compensation package which combines an annual salary with an incentive component to recognize our team members’ commitment to our clients and contribution to the firm. Our Surrey office is expanding and we […]

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Mandatory Workplace Vaccinations (David Mardiros speaks to Surrey Now-Leader)

Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer By Sarah Grochowski, Surrey Now-Leader, January 24, 2021 With COVID-19 vaccines expected to reach the masses in July, questions are being raised as to whether employers in B.C. will take a step further and require worker immunization. As Kent Employment Law’s David Mardiros […]

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Pronouns in the Workplace: It’s Easier Than You Think

By Kim Darling (she/her). The Courts of BC recently announced a requirement for all people in attendance to introduce themselves to the Court indicating their preferred pronouns and titles.  I happened to be in court on the first day this was in effect.  All three counsel, myself included, gave the Court our new form of […]

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Unacceptable Wait Times for BC Worker Complaints (David Mardiros speaks to CBC)

Wait times for worker complaints in B.C. unacceptable, advocates say By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News, January 16, 2020 The family of one BC woman has waited more than a year for the Employment Standards Branch to hear her case. Find out what Kent Employment Law’s David Mardiros had to say about the unacceptable wait times […]

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Can My Employer Require Me to Wear a Mask, Even if I’ve Been Vaccinated?

By Sean Marzinzik. As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, many Canadians have been eagerly watching the news regarding the development, approval and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, which represents the largest inoculation campaign in Canada’s history. Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, has commented that if plans go well, British Columbians could […]

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Will Employers Be Able to Require COVID-19 Vaccination? (Stephanie Cousineau Quoted in Times Colonist)

Mandatory vaccination unlikely for workplaces; focus will be on education By Roxanne Egan-Elliott, Times Colonist, December 10, 2020 Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, will employers be able to require that employees be immunized? Find out what Kent Employment Law’s Stephanie Cousineau had to say about mandatory vaccination in today’s Times Colonist article by Roxanne […]

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Are Sustainable Employment and a Pandemic Mutually Exclusive?

By Wendy Woloshyn. We’ve spoken previously on our blog about the concept of sustainable employment and how employers can promote enduring workplace relationships based on principles like reciprocity, collaboration, and transparency. But we imagine that some of our readers may be asking whether it’s possible – or even appropriate – to talk about “sustainable” employment […]

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