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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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David Brown Partners with CPHR for Webinar on Managing Disruptive Technologies (July 2019)

We are on the cusp of a dramatic technological revolution. Are we ready for this change and its impact on our workplaces? Join Kent Employment Law lawyer David Brown to explore this timely topic and HR’s role in managing disruptive technologies.

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David Brown Partners with CPHR for Webinar on Workplace Mental Health (Live June 2019; Now Available On-Demand)

Mental illness is on the rise in Canadian workplaces. Join David to learn about this challenging topic and the legalities of dismissing employees with mental health issues.

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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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The Bikini Bistro and Discrimination in the Restaurant Industry

By David Brown. A new restaurant will be opening in Kamloops, BC, with a ‘unique’ dress code. As the name suggests, the Teenie Bikini Bistro will serve typical pub-style fare served by – wait for it – bikini girls. In today’s day-in-age, how is this still a thing? And how does this pass the smell test for […]

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Calculating Severance: What Do the Courts Say?

By David Brown. While the creation and destruction of jobs is essential to our economy and workplaces, people affected by job loss are nonetheless dealing with a particular form of personal tragedy. After all, a job is not only a source of income; ideally, it contributes to our overall well-being and is an important part […]

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Important Changes to BC Labour and Employment Laws

By David Brown. While it has been understood for some time that British Columbia’s NDP government was looking to modernize labour and employment laws, the extent of these amendments was not clear. Well, the wait is over. This week, the provincial government formally announced its planned changes to the Employment Standards Act and to the Labour Relations Code […]

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Does a 4-Day Work Week Work for Your Business?

By David Brown. Businesses are increasingly looking at ways to attract, retain and motivate talent. But for all the talk of ping-pong tables, bean chairs and remote offices, could one solution be as simple as restructuring the typical work week? In his most recent post, David Brown considers the possibilities and practicalities of moving your business […]

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Why does the court process take so DAMN LONG? Actually, it doesn’t have to…

By David Brown. “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.” -William Shakespeare As Bill Shakespeare suggests, deferring and delaying are not without consequences, and when it comes to litigation, these consequences almost always mean more cost, more stress and a compromised client experience. But do lawsuits really need to be long, expensive and stressful? Not […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s the Diagnosis? (On-Demand Webinar)

A key component of the Federal Liberal party’s election mandate was the legalization of recreational marijuana. While it is believed that a fully functional legislative and regulatory scheme ending the prohibition of cannabis will not be ready for some time, the prospects of legalized cannabis in the workplace has some companies feeling more than a […]

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