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Double Discipline: Is It Allowed?

Can an employee be disciplined and later fired for the same conduct?

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Does Going on Leave Affect an Employee’s Vacation Entitlements?

By Tiffany Zanatta. When an employee goes on leave from work, does their vacation still accrue? Before answering that, let’s clarify what we mean by “leave”. Under the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the Act), employers are required to grant employees the following types of unpaid leave: Pregnancy leave Parental leave (for birth or adopting […]

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Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Review Your Employment Contract

By Tiffany Zanatta. Congratulations! You’ve been offered your dream job. Why the long face? Ah. Your new employer has sent you an employment contract, but you feel overwhelmed just thinking about it, let alone reading it – there’s a lot of information to take in. Should you just sign it? Maybe – but you’d be […]

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Schrenk Revisited: Employment Discrimination and the “Sufficient Nexus” Test

By Tiffany Zanatta. Almost exactly a year ago, my colleague Trevor Thomas wrote about our Court of Appeal’s conclusion in Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) that certain employment relations fall outside the scope of the BC Human Rights Code and are therefore beyond the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal (the Tribunal). It […]

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Kelowna Employer Forum Recap – Preparing your Business for Legal Marijuana (January 2018)

By Tiffany Zanatta. As part of its commitment to supporting employers in their efforts to create healthy, thriving workplaces, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series, an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Offered in both Vancouver and Kelowna, these breakfast events are an opportunity for employers to learn from the […]

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Shewchuk: Special Costs for “Special” Behavior

By Tiffany Zanatta. The British Columbia Supreme Court recently provided a strong reminder to employers about the importance of honoring their settlement obligations, and the consequences if they don’t. After concluding that a post-dismissal settlement had been reached and breached, the court in Shewchuk v. IBM Canada decided that an extraordinary remedy was appropriate in […]

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