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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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Parents’ Rights: Richard Writes for Parent Support Services Society of BC

Choosing career or family. Parents, caregivers, human rights and the law. Things are changing in very positive ways and addressing the historical parenting quagmire: whether to choose career or family. Making employees choose between employment or family is no longer acceptable. It can actually be illegal to force employees to make that choice. In this […]

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Offering Referrals to Clients: A Cautionary Tale

By Richard Johnson. Those of us in the legal profession have been happy to guide clients toward other service providers as and when appropriate when an aspect of the client’s needs falls outside the scope of our practice. In a world of ever-increasing specialization, the need for referrals to those with particular areas expertise will only […]

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VFW’s Volunteer Culture: Richard Quoted in Vancouver Magazine

Ahead of Vancouver Fashion Week’s fall/winter 2019 showcase, dozens of ex-volunteers shared with Vancouver Magazine experiences in which they worked long hours, faced unsafe conditions and were unpaid. Check out Lucy Lau’s piece here to find out more, including what KEL’s Richard Johnson’s has to say about unpaid internships and volunteer work.

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Illegal Free Labour: Richard Quoted in Globe & Mail

Focusing on how you will fit into a prospective work environment is critical to avoid “going from the frying pan into the fire” and being forced to move on within a short period of time, explains Vancouver human rights and employment lawyer Richard Johnson.

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Richard Johnson at HRD Employment Law Masterclass (Feb 2019)

Guest presenter Richard Johnson will speak to BC business owners and HR professionals about the legalization of recreational marijuana, and the risks and challenges cannabis presents to the workplace in a changing legislative and cultural landscape.

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Holiday Parties: Be Festive and Beware

By Richard Johnson. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…There’ll be parties for hosting…” Yes, the season of celebration (sometimes to excess!) is upon us once again. The office holiday party is a December mainstay for many businesses, and such events can indeed be a “wonderful” opportunity to enjoy time with your staff in […]

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Kindness is Key. Try it.

In his latest LinkedIn article, Richard Johnson argues that a bit of kindness and empathy may very well be the antidote to at least some of the workplace issues he sees in his practice. To learn more about this (controversial?) approach to employment relationships, check out the full article here.    

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Parents’ Rights: Not Just a Pipe Dream (BC Parent, February 2018)

Parents, do not despair. You have rights and no longer need to choose between your career and your children. In this piece for BC Parent Newsmagazine, human rights and employment lawyer Richard Johnson provides an overview of the legal protections that exist for BC parents in the context of pregnancy, parental leave and childcare responsibilities. […]

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Mental vs. Physical Injuries: Canada’s Highest Court Clarifies

Should the courts treat mental and physical injuries differently when it comes to assessing damages? Find out in Richard Johnson‘s latest case law update, a review of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Saadati v. Moorehead, here.

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