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The Employment Standards Act and Family Responsibilities – Employer Forum Recap

For our June Employer Forum, Kent lawyers Fiona H. McFarlane and Sean Marzinzik led a discussion about the Employment Standards Act and human rights legislation. The discussion focused on: the laws in place in British Columbia that ensure employees can meet various family responsibilities, and that employers who impact these rights risk exposing themselves to […]

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Covid-19 Case Law Update: Is It CERB Payback Time?

By Fiona H. McFarlane and Janelle Neufeld The courts are slowly weighing in on the impact of the global pandemic on employment relationships.  The BC Supreme Court’s decision in Hogan v. 1187938 B.C. Ltd., 2021 BCSC 1021 is one example. The Facts Terence Hogan was an assistant service manager of Mercedes-Benz and was 52 years […]

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Recap: Virtual Employer Forum – Mental Health Matters

For our April Employer Forum, the focus was workplace mental health – a particularly timely topic given the widely-acknowledged negative impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our mood, functioning and overall psychological wellbeing. Forum facilitators lawyer Fiona McFarlane and former clinical counsellor (and current KEL co-owner) Wendy Woloshyn began the discussion with a […]

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Labour reforms sought for gig economy workers (Fiona McFarlane speaks to Business in Vancouver)

Labour reforms sought for gig economy workers By Hayley Woodin, Business in Vancouver, April 6, 2021 As it faces a potential $400 million class action lawsuit in Ontario on the issue of driver classification, Uber last month announced what it called a modern approach to supporting app-based workers. Find out what employment lawyer Fiona McFarlane […]

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Recap: Virtual Employer Forum – The What, Why and How of Workplace Policies

For our February Employer Forum, we turned our attention to workplace policies: What are they, why do you need them, and how should you put them into place? KEL lawyers Fiona McFarlane and Stephanie Cousineau led the discussion, which included a review of the relevant legislation and certain key common law principles, and an introduction […]

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Recap: Virtual Employer Forum – Employment Contracts in the time of COVID-19

By Wendy Woloshyn. Last month, Kent Employment Law hosted its first Virtual Employer Forum of 2021. The topic? Employment contracts in the time of COVID-19. KEL lawyers Fiona McFarlane and Simon Kent reviewed the basics, highlighting several key issues for employers to consider when it comes to contracting with their employees, including overtime, layoffs, non-competition […]

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Fiona H. McFarlane Presents Keynote Address at YWIB (UBC) Career 101 (October 2019)

Join Keynote speaker Fiona H. McFarlane at this fall’s Young Women in Business Career 101 Conference (UBC).

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Fiona H. McFarlane Presents at Hacking HR Forum (September 2019)

On September 26, Fiona H. McFarlane joins Hacking HR for an evening of discovery in the area of diversity and inclusion where she and other experts in the field will facilitate a discussion covering many (if not most) of the facets of successful programmes, practices, and interventions.

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Getting the Disability Benefits You’re Entitled To

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the only reason we went to work each day was because we loved our job? The reality is that most of us are employed, at least in part, out of necessity.

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Recourse under the Canada Labour Code: An Option Worth Considering

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.

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