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Workplace Bullying and Harassment: What To Do if it Happens to You

By Erin Brandt. In November 2013, WorkSafeBC implemented new policies that address bullying and harassment in the workplace. These policies define bullying and harassment as: Including any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or […]

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Valle Torres: Revisiting Key Principles for Calculating Damages

By Erin Brandt. We have written previously about how severance pay will generally be calculated if an employee is dismissed from work, and the need to treat an employee fairly in the manner of dismissal. (In case you missed them, we’ve included links to these articles at the end of this post.) Another recent BC […]

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Midwives Subject to Gender Discrimination: Association of Ontario Midwives v. Ontario

By Erin Brandt. Last month, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued an historic decision. The Tribunal ruled that the Ontario government has been discriminating against Ontario midwives since 2005 on the basis of sex as a result of the difference between the compensation paid to midwives and Community Health Care Clinic (CHC) physicians. What happens […]

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Workplace Sexual Harassment: An Employment Law Perspective

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.

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PDC 2018 Recap: Erin and Heidi Share their Expertise

Erin Brandt and Heidi Eaves (from Project House Business Solutions) recently spoke to dental professionals at Vancouver’s 2018 Pacific Dental Conference about creating healthy, engaging and legally compliant workplaces. The conversation was wide-ranging…

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Employee Dismissal: A Morality Tale (Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada)

By Erin Brandt. In December 2017, 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 […]

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How to Celebrate Your Employees in a Meaningful Way this Holiday Season

Lawyer Erin Brandt, Contributor (originally posted December 9, 2015). When it comes to blogging about workplace issues during the holidays, the focus tends to be on the potential pitfalls: office party bad behaviour, ill-timed firings, and religious intolerance. Since we ourselves have contributed to this holiday catastrophizing (see our blog post on December Dismissals), we […]

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Why is sexual harassment not going away? (Erin Brandt quoted in Canadian HR Reporter)

For the November 27, 2017 issue of Canadian HR Reporter, Marcel Vander Wierr spoke to various legal and HR experts, including Kent Employment Law’s Erin Brandt, about the important role that human resources professionals and managers play in preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment.  For Erin’s insights on this timely topic, read the article here.

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Suen: Family Status Protections for Both Parents

By Erin Brandt. The British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code) protects employees who have competing work and family obligations from discrimination on the job. Put another way, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against their workers (including by firing them) because of their family status. Until recently, an employee complaining to BC’s Human Rights […]

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Stewart: Balancing Collective and Individual Rights

How can an employer ensure a safe workplace while also protecting its individual employees’ human rights? Erin Brandt considers this question in her latest case law update. Read Erin’s review of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. here.

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