By Erin Brandt. In November 2017, we applauded a forward-thinking BC Human Rights Tribunal decision (Suen v. Envirocon) that offered hope for a change in the law relating to family status discrimination. In that case, Mr. Suen argued that his dismissal for refusing to accept a temporary work transfer to Manitoba, which would have taken […]
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At last month’s Vancouver Employer Forum, we took on the challenge of tackling two timely workplace issues: #metoo and gender.
By Erin Brandt. Last month, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued an historic decision. The Tribunal ruled that the Ontario government has been discriminating against Ontario midwives since 2005 on the basis of sex as a result of the difference between the compensation paid to midwives and Community Health Care Clinic (CHC) physicians. What happens […]
Canadian B Corps Stand Against Hate and Discrimination in the Workplace By Melissa Schweyer (for Triple Pundit) In a recent article for Triple Pundit highlighting four Canadian B Corps taking a stand against discrimination and hate, Melissa Schweyer speaks to Trevor Thomas about Kent Employment Law’s values and our commitment to diversity and inclusion. You […]
By Erin Brandt. Updated April 21, 2017 (Originally posted March 31, 2017) Gender-based dress codes have lately become a media “hot topic”. In March, I joined the public discussion when I spoke to CBC’s Andrew Chang about BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s proposal to outlaw high heels in the workplace. Much of the focus in […]
By Fiona Anderson. Much ado has been made about the new rules that say employers can’t require women to wear high heels at work. The issue first came to my attention when the New York Times in January ran a story about an actress in England who was sent home from a temporary clerical assignment […]
In this timely discussion, KEL Kelowna’s David Brown will be presenting on employers’ obligations under the British Columbia Human Rights Code, including a discussion on the always challenging topics of disability management, the duty to accommodate and undue hardship.
In the November 2016 issue of Inspired Senior Living, Richard Johnson explains how BC human rights laws protect employees from age-based discrimination.
Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. In many circumstances, hugging represents an act of affection or comfort. An unexpected or unwanted hug, however, is another thing entirely – it violates personal space and boundaries and can cause mental and emotional distress. And, from a legal perspective, if it happens in the workplace, it can amount […]
As an employer, you’re committed to creating a workplace free from discrimination. You understand the scope and purpose of Canadian human rights laws, and you have policies and processes in place to enable tolerant and respectful employment relationships. But for even the most diligent business owners, there can still be questions about how human rights […]