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Pronouns in the Workplace: It’s Easier Than You Think

By Kim Darling (she/her). The Courts of BC recently announced a requirement for all people in attendance to introduce themselves to the Court indicating their preferred pronouns and titles.  I happened to be in court on the first day this was in effect.  All three counsel, myself included, gave the Court our new form of […]

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Will Employers Be Able to Require COVID-19 Vaccination? (Stephanie Cousineau Quoted in Times Colonist)

Mandatory vaccination unlikely for workplaces; focus will be on education By Roxanne Egan-Elliott, Times Colonist, December 10, 2020 Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, will employers be able to require that employees be immunized? Find out what Kent Employment Law’s Stephanie Cousineau had to say about mandatory vaccination in today’s Times Colonist article by Roxanne […]

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Off-Duty Conduct: Viral Videos, Doxxing, and Employer Rights and Obligations

By Victoria Merritt. The world is online. Everyday interactions go viral and wreak havoc. Recent examples: Videos of a woman calling the police on a bird-watcher in Central Park and  “debunking” COVID-19 myths were posted online, and resulted in an immediate backlash which included identifying the involved individuals’ employers and calling for consequences. In the […]

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Creed: Protecting Veganism as a Human Right

By Richard Johnson. We have witnessed several exciting human rights debates and developments in British Columbia in recent years: from prohibitions on sexualized dress codes, to protections for childcare obligations, to the availability of menstrual product receptacles in gendered washrooms. A central purpose underlying the work of Canadian human rights tribunals and courts is to […]

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Paula Krawus Partners with Community Futures for Webinar Presentation (March 2020)

On March 18, join employment lawyer Paula Krawus to learn about sustainable employment and the simple steps your business can take towards creating an engaged and purpose-driven workplace based on principles like respect and collaboration.

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Paula Krawus Presents at CLE Human Rights Conference in Vancouver (November 2019)

Paula Krawus will be part of a panel at this year’s CLEBC Human Rights Conference in Vancouver, discussing the “extraordinary” remedies available to employees through BC’s Human Rights Tribunal. Join her!

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Suen v. Envirocon: The Last Word on Family Status in BC?

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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What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee? 6 Things You Need to Know

(Originally published 2014. Updated February 2019.) Although often a time of excitement and anticipation, pregnancy can also bring with it an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. While we sympathize with any questions you may have about sleep training, nutrition, or discipline, we will leave these topics to the experts. What we can give you is some […]

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Midwives Subject to Gender Discrimination: Association of Ontario Midwives v. Ontario

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 […]

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David Brown to Speak at Peace Region Roundtable (May 2018)

Marijuana In the Workplace: What’s the Diagnosis? Attend this event to learn about the risks and challenges that cannabis presents to the workplace in a changing legislative and cultural landscape.

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