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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In October 2017, the #MeToo movement was born on social media to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
By David Brown. (Originally published November 2013.) Across Canada, it is not uncommon for many small businesses to close their operations for the period between Christmas and New Years. There are many good reasons for this, as business owners may be looking for family time while the kids are out of school, a visit to […]
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 experts and connect […]
“The bottom line is that the way the employment standards protections are structured currently, they did not have this economic concept in mind,” Geoff Mason tells Business in Vancouver.
There are few things more unsettling to employers than a surprise visit by a WorkSafeBC investigator, whatever the motivation for the inspection may be. While many managers may want to respond by telling the investigators to “get lost”, a more sensible approach starts with understanding everyone’s rights, obligations, and expectations during investigations of this nature.
Do employers have the right to perform background checks relating to a job applicant’s criminal record, credit rating and medical health? If so, are there any limits on these rights? David Brown answers these questions and others in this week’s post on his BC Employment Law Blog. He also explains why employers should consider their reasons for […]