You’ve decided to sell the business. What does this mean for your employees and their future with the enterprise?
The BC Employment Standards Act and the BC Employment Standards Regulation contain a multitude of exclusions that leave many employees without the benefits and protections provided for by the Act relating to things like wages, hours of work, leave, vacation pay and overtime. Samantha Stepney explains.
By Tiffany Zanatta. Almost exactly a year ago, my colleague Trevor Thomas wrote about our Court of Appeal’s conclusion in Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) that certain employment relations fall outside the scope of the BC Human Rights Code and are therefore beyond the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal (the Tribunal). It […]
Parents, do not despair. You have rights and no longer need to choose between your career and your children. In this piece for BC Parent Newsmagazine, human rights and employment lawyer Richard Johnson provides an overview of the legal protections that exist for BC parents in the context of pregnancy, parental leave and childcare responsibilities. […]
By Erin Brandt. At last week’s Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (BCYK) 2018 Legal Symposium, Heidi Eaves (Principal at Project House) and I led a rich and rewarding discussion on gender issues in the workplace. Our session began with a conversation about gender bias in hiring and advancement opportunities, wage inequalities, parental leave, dress codes, […]
By Tiffany Zanatta. As part of its commitment to supporting employers in their efforts to create healthy, thriving workplaces, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series, an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Offered in both Vancouver and Kelowna, these breakfast events are an opportunity for employers to learn from the […]
Lawyer Trevor Thomas, Contributor. (Originally published August 2015. Updated January 2018) What happens when an employer makes a payroll mistake? Can it recover accidental overpayments from its employees? The overpayment issue gained media attention in Canada when grocery chain Loblaws demanded that a group of workers in Surrey, BC pay back thousands of dollars after […]
By Erin Brandt. Last month, an Ontario Court ordered Wal-Mart Canada to pay a dismissed executive $750,000 in punitive and moral damages. As this award was one of the highest of its kind in Canada, we thought the case was worth special mention. What type of conduct by an employer could have led to such […]
By Tiffany Zanatta. The British Columbia Supreme Court recently provided a strong reminder to employers about the importance of honoring their settlement obligations, and the consequences if they don’t. After concluding that a post-dismissal settlement had been reached and breached, the court in Shewchuk v. IBM Canada decided that an extraordinary remedy was appropriate in […]
The past 12 months have flown by, and while we don’t want to interrupt that (positive) momentum, we do think it’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on the goodness that was 2017. Looking back, here are some of the themes from KEL’s past year that stand out…