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The High Cost of Discriminatory Hiring Practices

By Wendy Woloshyn. Most Canadians are aware that their human rights are protected on the job. What you might not know is that this protection includes the pre-employment stage. If a company’s hiring process discriminates against certain applicants on the basis of a “protected ground” (e.g. race, age, sex, family status, gender identity, etc.), or […]

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Fairness and Transparency are Key When it Comes to Bonus Entitlements on Dismissal

By Wendy Woloshyn. What happens if an employee gets fired without cause before his or her bonus gets paid? What if the employment contract says that to receive the bonus, the employee must still be employed at the time it’s paid out? The answers might surprise you. Integral and Discretionary My colleague Richard Johnson has […]

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It’s Not Me, it’s You: Probation FAQs

By Kimberly Darling and Wendy Woloshyn. We have considered probation a number of times previously on our blog, usually from the point of view of the employer. In this post, we’re going back to basics, with what we’re calling “Probation FAQs” for employers and employees. What is probation? Basically, probation is a period of time, […]

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Recap: #Retreat2018

By Wendy Woloshyn. Summer is (almost) here, so it must be time for the Second Annual Kent/Connect Team (+ Family and Pets) Retreat! To truly give our Kelowna office folks a “retreat” experience, we decided to venture slightly west of last year’s location and congregate in Penticton for our weekend away. Given the success of […]

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The Sale of a Business: What Does it Mean for the Employment Relationship?

You’ve decided to sell the business. What does this mean for your employees and their future with the enterprise?

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B Corp: Celebrating Recertification

By Wendy Woloshyn. In 2015, we became the first B Corp law firm in Canada – and were more than just a little proud! It’s now 2017, and what a (positive) difference two years makes. 2017 Recertification and Audit To remain a B Corp, an organization must “recertify” biennially, so our turn was up in […]

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Vancouver Startup 2017 Recap: Erin and Heidi Engage with Entrepreneurs

Erin Brandt and co-presenter Heidi Eaves, Principal at Project House, spoke to a packed room at The Profile filled primarily with representatives from new companies thinking about growth and hiring. In a thoughtful and at times provocative discussion, the group covered the basics and then some. Read on!

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Kelowna Team Retreat 2017: Recap

We are pleased to say that we can personally attest to the truth of Mayor Basran’s recent YouTube message: Kelowna is still open for business and a great place to visit! Now that our Okanagan office is (already!) six months old, we thought it high time for the Vancouver gang to take a field trip […]

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Workplace Dress Codes: What Employers Should Know

By Wendy Woloshyn. (Originally published January 2016; updated October 2019.) 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 2019, it’s generally understood that we should show up for work looking neat, […]

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