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Off-Duty Conduct: Viral Videos, Doxxing, and Employer Rights and Obligations

By Victoria Merritt. The world is online. Everyday interactions go viral and wreak havoc. Recent examples: Videos of a woman calling the police on a bird-watcher in Central Park and  “debunking” COVID-19 myths were posted online, and resulted in an immediate backlash which included identifying the involved individuals’ employers and calling for consequences. In the […]

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Frustration of Contract: COVID-19 and Lessons from the 1956 Suez Crisis

By Gurkirat Singh Dhillon, lawyer. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has cast a shadow over the performance of contracts, with employers in particular facing an unprecedented business downturn, finding themselves pushed to the wall in their attempts to meet their contractual obligations. Such parties, having suddenly found their contractual obligations turn into onerous nooses, may well […]

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We’re Hiring: Employment Lawyer (Kelowna)

Nestled in the Okanagan wine country, our Kelowna office is looking for an employment lawyer to join our dynamic, community-minded team. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience, including a background in employment litigation, and possess the skills and temperament needed to manage a busy caseload and foster strong client relationships. They will […]

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We’re Hiring – Litigation Associate (Vancouver / Surrey)

We are currently looking for a lawyer to join our Vancouver / Surrey team. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of litigation experience, with at least one of those in the field of employment law, and the skills and temperament needed to manage a busy caseload and foster and develop client relationships. They will […]

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

Updated August 20, 2020. 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 Temporary Wage Subsidy Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Temporary Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program Tax […]

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Severance Clauses: One Bad Apple Spoils the Bunch?

By Victoria Merritt.  The enforceability of termination clauses in employment contracts has been hotly contested in recent years, particularly in Ontario. The 2020 decision from Ontario’s Court of Appeal (the ONCA) in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. is the latest judicial warning to employers on this topic, as it suggests that employers must get every […]

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We’re Hiring – Employment Lawyer (Vancouver / Surrey)

We are currently looking for a senior employment lawyer to join our Vancouver / Surrey team. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of litigation experience, with the majority of those in the field of employment law, and the skills and temperament needed to manage a busy caseload and foster and develop client relationships. They […]

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“Unsafe Work” and COVID-19

By Victoria Merritt. As COVID-19-related restrictions ease in British Columbia, employers and employees have begun to navigate the process of returning to work. Anxiety around safety in a non-virtual workspace, ongoing family care obligations, increasing economic pressure, and constantly evolving rules make for stormy seas to sail. A number of my colleagues have already shared […]

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Uber’s “Unconscionable” Arbitration Clause Opens Door for Class Action

By Victoria Merritt.  The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that Ontario courts, not a Dutch arbitrator, can hear a potential class action lawsuit against Uber that may determine if its drivers are “employees.” In doing so, the majority affirms the principle of unconscionability, reminding employers that an enforceable employment agreement must be fair and […]

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CapriCMW Webinar Series for Employers Now Online

Join Kent Employment Law’s Kim Darling and Tanja Halsall of Potentia HR for a discussion on the practical considerations for managing your risk and engaging with your employees during these unprecedented times.

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