BC MINIMUM WAGE INCREASED ON JUNE 1, 2020

01. June 2020 0
The BC government is moving ahead with their planned 75 cent/hour increase to the minimum wage, which comes into effect on June 1, 2020.  This increase brings the minimum wage to $14.60/hour and is the third increase in a series of four scheduled increases as part of the government’s plan to bring the minimum wage ...

REVISING BONUSES: SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATIONS TO EMPLOYEE BONUS PROGRAMS MAY CONSTITUTE CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

A recent BC Supreme Court decision shows that employers should exercise caution when making unilateral changes to employee bonus programs. In Wiltse v. Seastar Chemicals ULC, 2020 BCSC 658, the plaintiff was a chemist who had been employed at a chemical productions company for 17 years. The plaintiff participated in the company’s bonus program, which ...

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance and Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility Applications to Open

On May 20, 2020 Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains announced the opening of the application process for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program. More information can be found about this program in our previous blog post found here. The same day, Justin Trudeau announced that applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will ...

Trudeau Announces Expansion to Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account

On May 19, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”), previously discussed in Rose Keith’s blog post dated April 16, 2020, found here.  CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada and provides a partially forgivable, zero interest loan of up to $40,000 for qualifying small businesses. Up to $10,000 ...

WORKSAFEBC RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING

19. May 2020 0
Further to our May 7, 2020 blog post, on May 15 WorkSafeBC released industry-specific guidelines and resources on its website for the following sectors: Restaurants, cafes, pubs Salons and personal services Real estate Arts and cultural facilities (Museums, art galleries, and libraries) Retail Education K-12 Parks and outdoor spaces Health services In-person counselling Office space WorksafeBC ...

RECENT DECISION OPENS DOOR TO CANADIAN COMPANIES FACING CLAIMS IN CANADA FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THAT OCCUR IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

The Supreme Court of Canada recently dismissed a preliminary application by a Canadian mining company, Nevsun Resources Ltd.   The SCC decision allows three Eritrean workers to proceed with a claim in B.C. alleging that Nevsun violated customary international law in its mine operation in Eritrea, Africa.  This decision represents a significant shift in Canadian law ...

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 ...

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”)

11. May 2020 0
On May 11, the federal government announced the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”) program to help large Canadian for-profit businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.  The objective of this program is to help keep Canada’s largest employers operating, avoid bankruptcy of otherwise viable firms if possible, and ...

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, ...

Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

07. May 2020 0
Yesterday the British Columbia government announced easing of COVID-19 restrictions, unveiling their reopening plan.  The next phase of BC’s COVID-19 response will allow residents to host a small group of friends for dinner, get a professional haircut and play low contact sports.  The result is that a variety of businesses and services will be allowed ...