Nightclubs Must Close. Restaurants can Operate but with More Restrictions.

23. September 2020 0
On September 18th, Dr. Henry ordered that all nightclubs cease operating, and imposed new restrictions on restaurants and other similar businesses serving alcohol.  This raises significant considerations for the owners, including how to manage their existing employees.  One of the considerations for employers is whether they can rely on the doctrine of frustration (or the ...

Are Your Employees Covered by the Employment Standards Act?

22. September 2020 0
When preparing employment agreements or considering applicable rules for topics like overtime pay, vacation pay, or termination pay, the first question is to determine if the workplace or the employees are protected by the Employment Standards Act in BC.  This generally involves two different inquiries.  First, one must consider whether the business is federally regulated ...

Can a Single, Isolated Comment Amount to Sexual Harassment?

In the recent decision The Employee v The University and another (No.2), 2020 BCHRT 12 the BC Human Rights Tribunal held that an isolated comment may not amount to sexual harassment where there are no objective adverse consequences and remedial steps are taken to mitigate the subjective harm felt by the complainant.  FACTS The complainant ...

Workplace Accommodation has Limits

The recent decision from the BC Human Rights Tribunal Thanh v BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 2020 BCHRT 15  provides an example of how an employer can establish undue hardship and limit its duty to accommodate an employee’s disability. Facts The complainant was a community coroner on medical leave for PTSD which ...

WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENDED TO AUGUST 29, 2020, AND ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS NOW INCLUDED

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29, 2020.   The government has also revised the criteria to include several additional types of organizations that would not have otherwise been eligible for the CEWS: Partnerships:  Partnerships with non-eligible members will now ...

Wage subsidy (CEWS) will be extended beyond June 9, 2020

Prime Minster Trudeau announced on May 8 that the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended. This should be welcome news for employees and employers.  The details of the CEWS are summarized in our previous blog posts, including our discussion about how it can be used by employers instead of laying off employees.  In brief, ...