Bullying and Harassment – Understanding your Obligations as an Employer

25. January 2021 0
The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Governor General Julie Payette underscore the obligations of employers. At its base, the requirement for Canada to deal with the difficulties associated with Ms. Payette arise because of duties and obligations imposed in employment relationships. After complaints arose, Canada hired an independent consulting firm to complete a review (investigation) ...

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Workplaces

05. January 2021 0
2020 presented unprecedented challenges for workplaces, requiring employers to be creative and strategic in responding to the significant changes required by the COVID-19 pandemic. The close of 2020 brought with it the approval of two vaccines, with more on the horizon. These vaccines will hopefully assist in putting the pandemic and all the resulting restrictions ...

Courts Will Look Beyond the Employee’s Title to Determine Reasonable Notice

04. December 2020 0
Cho v Stonebridge Solutions Inc., 2020 BCSC 1560 Facts The plaintiff was terminated by the defendant, Stonebridge Solutions Inc. (“Stonebridge”), after five months of employment at age 49. Stonebridge argued that the plaintiff was an independent contractor, and therefore no notice of termination was required. The plaintiff had previously worked as Vice President national Sales ...

An Unenforceable “With Cause” Termination Provision Could Sink an Entire Termination Clause

04. December 2020 0
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision from earlier this year has employers across Canada worried about the enforceability of their termination provisions. Facts The plaintiff in Waksdale v. Swegon 2020 ONCA 391, was terminated without cause after 8 months of employment. He subsequently brought an action for wrongful dismissal against his former employer and moved ...

Income Support for Individuals

26. November 2020 0
The pandemic has created significant financial stress for many Canadians. Those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and those who have lost income due to either exposure to COVID-19 or having to care for another due to COVID-19. The Federal Government has put in place a variety of COVID-19 related benefits ...

Refusal to Work

13. November 2020 0
With the ongoing surge in COVID 19 cases employers need to be aware of their obligations. The recent Public Health Order which is in place from November 7 to 23, has imposed specific obligations on employers.  Specifically, the order requires that: Employers must review their COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure that they adequately protect workers ...

What to do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19?

09. November 2020 0
As the cases continue to rise in BC and across Canada, it may happen that one of your employees tests positive for COVID-19.  These general principles should guide you if this happens.    First, the infected employee should not be permitted to return to the workplace until they are clear of COVID-19. Second, in most ...

The New Public Health Order and What it Means for Your Workplace

09. November 2020 0
On November 7, in response to surging COVID 19 numbers, Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a Public Health Order placing further restrictions on British Columbians residing in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Fraser Health District. The order came after BC recorded 589 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and another 567 on Saturday. Dr. Henry ...