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 […]
Nestled in the Okanagan wine country, our Kelowna office is hiring a litigation associate to help service our growing client base. The ideal candidate will have 0-3 years of experience, although a background in employment litigation is a strong asset. More than anything, our ideal candidate is highly motivated to learn, possesses the temperament to […]
Can employees sue HR over bad references? By Rachel Ranosa, Human Resources Director Canada, December 11, 2019 Defamation in the workplace isn’t limited to gossiping around the watercooler. Sometimes, an employer who provides false statements about a former employee during a background check may end up getting sued for defamation. Find out more, including what […]
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 […]
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 […]
How Canadian Employers Address Bullying and Harassment: Fiona McFarlane speaks to SHRM Online (July 2019)
To date, British Columbia is the only Canadian province that has developed policies specifically addressing workplace bullying. What are a BC employer’s duties when it comes to this area of employee health and safety and how can they meet them? KEL’s Fiona McFarlane recently spoke to SHRM Online’s Catherine Skrzypinski about workplace investigations and employer […]
We are currently looking for a lawyer to join our Vancouver team. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years of litigation experience with at least two of those in the field of employment law, an established employment law client base and the skills and temperament needed to manage a busy caseload and foster and develop […]
In a May 2019 exclusive, Global News reporter Jane Gerster revealed her findings of an alleged RCMP campaign to dismiss members with disabilities. Ms. Gerster spoke with various officers affected, as well as several lawyers with special expertise in the areas of human rights and workplace accommodations. One of these legal experts was KEL’s Erin […]
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.
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.