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Heather Hettiarachchi writes about Holiday Party Liability for Small Business BC

In this December 2015 article, Heather Hettiarachchi offers tips to employers on how to minimize the risk of alcohol-related liability during the holiday season.

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Top 10 Overtime Tips for Employers

Do your employees work overtime? If so… Do you know when and how much to pay them? How – and how well – do you keep track of their hours? Do you have an OT policy in place that is fair, transparent, and consistently applied? A series of class action employee lawsuits out of Ontario […]

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Should I Ask for a Criminal Record Check? 4 Tips for Employers

With contributions by Andres Barker, Lawyer. In April 2014, the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner issued a report regarding the flawed process for conducting employment-related record checks in this province (see our previous blog post here). Effective January 2015, the Vancouver Police Department adopted a new Police Information Check (PIC) policy as a result of […]

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Employers, it’s Time to Stress-Test your Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are serious business. Have you stress-tested yours lately? In the case of Alsip v. Top Rollshutters Inc. dba Talius , the employer’s loosely drafted employment contract and failure to discuss key employment terms with a new employee before hiring resulted in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, and a court order that the employer pay […]

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Heather Hettiarachchi Speaks to HRM Online about Employees and Social Media

Heather Hettiarachchi speaks to HRM Online and offers employers tips on employee social media use.

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Just Cause: Consider the Context

With contributions from Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. While the phrase “just cause” has become a part of the public lexicon (so much so that it has been used as the title of a popular action-adventure video game), the term actually has a specific legal meaning that few non-lawyers are fully familiar with. In fact, in our […]

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Manager or Employee – Why Does It Matter?

With contributions by Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. You’ve just been offered a promotion to [Fill in the Blank] Manager – congratulations! If you’re lucky, your change in job title will bring with it increased compensation and authority. In British Columbia, there are also employment law implications to holding a management position. This post deals with some […]

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Employees, Social Media and Just Cause: Lessons for Employers

It’s never wise to badmouth your boss. Doing so on social media can be downright dumb. But does it amount to just cause for dismissal? In some cases, absolutely. A number of labour decisions over the past several years have considered how an employee’s off-duty social media activity can damage an employer’s business or reputation […]

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Note to Employers: The Duty of Good Faith Extends to More than Employment Contracts

Employment lawyers (and hopefully, their employer clients) are well familiar with the good faith concept in the employment context. In 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that there is an implied term of good faith in all employment contracts governing the manner of termination. Specifically, when dismissing an employee, an employer should not engage […]

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6 Key Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program: What Canadian Employers Need to Know

In 2014, it has been next to impossible to read or watch a Canadian news report that didn’t include one story or another about an employer exploiting the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). While the TFWP was created as a last (and limited) resort to allow employers to bring foreign workers to Canada on […]

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