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Paid Sick Leave in B.C. requires Employers to review Contracts

Last month, the provincial government announced changes to the Employment Standards Act, RSBC 1996 c 210 (the “Act”) entitling workers in B.C. to paid sick leave. All eligible workers covered by the Act will receive five days of paid sick days starting January 1, 2022. These paid days replace the entitlement workers received as a […]

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BC Government proposes significant changes to province’s privacy laws

By Sean Marzinzik FIPPA is the privacy legislation that governs public bodies in B.C. and the provincial government announced changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) on October 18, 2021. Bill-22 includes several noteworthy proposed amendments. Change to requirement to keep personal information in BC The law in the province […]

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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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Verbal Resignations: Do Intentions Matter?

By Sean Marzinzik. The BC Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to consider whether an employee’s verbal resignation was effective, or whether the employee’s subjective intentions had to be taken into account as well (Conway v. Griff Building Supplies Ltd., 2020 BCSC 1899). Background Mr. Conway was a long-term (20 year) employee who had been […]

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Can My Employer Require Me to Wear a Mask, Even if I’ve Been Vaccinated?

By Sean Marzinzik. As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, many Canadians have been eagerly watching the news regarding the development, approval and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, which represents the largest inoculation campaign in Canada’s history. Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, has commented that if plans go well, British Columbians could […]

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