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Ask A B Corp Twitter Chat with Richard Johnson

On May 14, Kent Employment Law Partner Richard Johnson joined #AskABCorp for a live Twitter chat covering a wide range of employment law issues particularly relevant during the COVID-19 climate. Richard was on hand to answer questions about furloughs and layoffs, workers’ rights, government benefits for entrepreneurs, and more. If you weren’t able to attend, […]

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COVID-19 and Employee Vacation Time: Richard Johnson speaks to Canadian HR Reporter

5 key questions on vacation time with COVID-19 By John Dujay, Canadian HR Reporter, April 28, 2020 With so many workers being laid off or working reduced hours, vacation time is becoming one of the hot-button issues facing employers and HR during the pandemic. Do they have the right to force workers to take vacation […]

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Creed: Protecting Veganism as a Human Right

By Richard Johnson. We have witnessed several exciting human rights debates and developments in British Columbia in recent years: from prohibitions on sexualized dress codes, to protections for childcare obligations, to the availability of menstrual product receptacles in gendered washrooms. A central purpose underlying the work of Canadian human rights tribunals and courts is to […]

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Richard Johnson at HRD Employment Law Masterclass (Feb 2020)

Join KEL Partner Richard Johnson at this year’s HRD Employment Law Masterclass in Vancouver on Feb 19 to learn everything you need to know about long-term absenteeism in the workplace!

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Angry Tweet leads to Dismissal: Richard Johnson Speaks to CTV News

Employee who got $6 BBQ sauce as holiday gift says he was fired for angry tweet By Graham Slaughter. CTV News.ca, January 3, 2020 A BC employee was fired after complaining on Twitter that his employer gave him a cheap, seemingly thoughtless gift for Christmas. Was the firing legal? Or just ill-advised? Lawyer Richard Johnson […]

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Harassment Complaint against UVIC Coach: Richard Quoted in CP Article

UVic threatens disciplinary action if athletes speak about coach investigation By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, November 22, 2019 Three rowers who accused their coach of harassment and verbal abuse say the University of Victoria has threatened them with disciplinary action if they speak about the results of the investigation. Find out more, including what […]

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Employee Off-Duty Conduct: Richard Johnson Speaks to CBC

Drunken, heated argument about sugar daddies gets server fired — but leads to sweet payout By Liam Britten, British Columbia, CBC, November 22, 2019 KEL Partner Richard Johnson says he’s not surprised by a recent tribunal ruling that found a Vancouver restaurant did not have just cause when it fired a part-time server for her […]

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December Dismissals: What are the Risks for Employers?

(Originally published 2015. Updated November 2019) Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. As we’ve explained elsewhere in this blog, unless there is a termination clause in her employment contract, the amount of notice or severance a dismissed employee is entitled to depends on several factors, namely: The nature of her employment Her length of service Her age […]

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Doctor’s Note: Yes or No?

By Richard Johnson As employment lawyers, we are frequently asked whether an employer can (or should) require a medical note if an employee is away from work due to illness. Since we are right in the thick of the “home sick from work” season, we thought it timely to share our thoughts on this tricky […]

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Mental Health Protections for Employees are Good for Business – and They’re Also the Law!

By Richard Johnson. In its 2017 decision in Saadati v. Moorhead, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that mental health is essential to our society and its workers. In recent years, we have summarized on our blog several court decisions that reflect these principles, where a judge has granted additional damages to an employee who […]

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