Employers take note – employees covered by the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (ESA) will soon be entitled to significantly longer and brand new leaves of absence.
By Paula Krawus. Earlier this week, our lawyers hosted one of Kent Employment Law’s regular Employer Forums. The early risers started off with a coffee, some muffins and friendly chit chat, and then engaged with a room full of employers on the trending topic of cannabis in the workplace. Trevor Thomas canvassed the new Cannabis […]
By Tiffany Zanatta. When an employee goes on leave from work, does their vacation still accrue? Before answering that, let’s clarify what we mean by “leave”. Under the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the Act), employers are required to grant employees the following types of unpaid leave: Pregnancy leave Parental leave (for birth or adopting […]
Unfortunately, workplace sexual harassment continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing modern business owners. How can employers safeguard their employees’ rights while also managing risk? Earlier this month, Kent Employment Law lawyer Trevor Thomas joined lawyer Shea Coulson and Director of Operations at L’Abattoir Restaurant Lisa Haley to share their legal and […]
By Wendy Woloshyn. Summer is (almost) here, so it must be time for the Second Annual Kent/Connect Team (+ Family and Pets) Retreat! To truly give our Kelowna office folks a “retreat” experience, we decided to venture slightly west of last year’s location and congregate in Penticton for our weekend away. Given the success of […]
In his latest LinkedIn article, Richard Johnson argues that a bit of kindness and empathy may very well be the antidote to at least some of the workplace issues he sees in his practice. To learn more about this (controversial?) approach to employment relationships, check out the full article here.
By Tiffany Zanatta. Congratulations! You’ve been offered your dream job. Why the long face? Ah. Your new employer has sent you an employment contract, but you feel overwhelmed just thinking about it, let alone reading it – there’s a lot of information to take in. Should you just sign it? Maybe – but you’d be […]
From both a legal and a human perspective, a well-functioning and sustainable workplace must confront and find ways to remedy issues of sexual harassment.
In every case of dismissal, one of the first questions to ask should be whether the Code applies. The answer is more complicated that one might think.
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.