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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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Secret Recordings, Part 2: Still a Bad Idea

By Fiona Anderson. Earlier this year, I blogged about whether it was legal to record conversations without letting the person being recorded know the recording was happening. Yes, it’s legal, since only one person in the conversation needs to consent, and that would be the person doing the recording. (If the person doing the recording […]

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The ESB: A Force to Be Reckoned With

By Fiona Anderson. Employers take note: The BC Employment Standards Branch (the ESB) can land a hefty punch against employers who are found not to be complying with the Employment Standards Act (the ESA). Many smaller employers are not one-hundred per cent sure of their obligations under the ESA, often assuming that if they are […]

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Sorry Doesn’t Have to Be the Hardest Word: BC’s Apology Act

By Fiona Anderson. Canadians are known for saying “I’m sorry” and they usually mean it, even if, or often when, they aren’t at fault. It’s almost a reflex reaction. But at one time, saying sorry could have been taken as an admission of liability, turning Canada’s favourite pastime into an obligation to pay damages to […]

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