Archive | Human Rights


Protecting International Human Rights: The Role of Canadian Courts

By Erin Brandt. What role can Canadian courts play when a company is accused of overseas human rights abuses? Erin Brandt considers this question in her latest case law update. Read Erin’s review of the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision in Garcia v. Tahoe Resources here.

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Trevor Thomas speaks to HRM Canada Online about Illegal Job Ads

In this June 15, 2016 piece, Trevor Thomas explains how certain job ads fall afoul of human rights legislation.

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What is a Disability: Guidance for the Workplace

As an employer, you’re committed to creating a workplace free from discrimination. You understand the scope and purpose of Canadian human rights laws, and you have policies and processes in place to enable tolerant and respectful employment relationships. But for even the most diligent business owners, there can still be questions about how human rights […]

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Disclosing disability after hiring engages legal rights:

While it may not be prudent to disclose a disability during the job application process, it is essential to let the employer know after you are hired, in order to ensure accommodation, Vancouver employment lawyer Richard Johnson writes in the Spring 2016 issue of Transition Magazine.

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Manitoba law offering leave to domestic violence victims could spur national trend:

A new Manitoba law that allows victims of domestic violence paid and unpaid leave from work is a positive move that recognizes the need to protect workers who are seeking safety from abusers, says Richard Johnson.

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Employers likely to accommodate religious holiday requests:

Employers likely to accommodate religious holiday requests Although Good Friday and Christmas are the only religious statutory holidays in British Columbia, employees who observe non-Christian holidays are also entitled to receive time off work to celebrate, Vancouver employment lawyer Richard Johnson. Read the full article here.

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Richard Johnson writes about Disabled Employees’ Disclosure Rights and Duties for Transition Magazine

Your Rights as an Employee Transition: The Magazine of Disability Alliance BC In this April 2016 article, lawyer Richard Johnson writes about an individual’s legal rights and obligations regarding disclosure of their disability, at school and at work. Read the article here.

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Maternity Leave and Job Protection: Are There Exceptions?

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  We’ve written before about the rights afforded to pregnant employees and new parents by both the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the ESA) and Human Rights Code (the Code). At the risk of repeating ourselves, here’s a brief review of some of the legal protections available to BC employees […]

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Workplace Dress Codes: What Employers Should Know

Does your organization have a dress code? If so, is it enforceable? For the vast majority of modern workplaces, rules or policies about how employees are expected to dress aren’t necessary. In 2016, it’s generally understood that we should show up for work looking neat, presentable and industry-appropriate. For some employers, however, concerns about branding, […]

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Richard Johnson writes about Legal Protections for Disabled Employees for Transition Magazine

In this December 2015 article, Richard Johnson writes about disabled employees’ legal rights, obligations and protections in the workplace.

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