• Postmedia’s Layoffs: Words to the Wise

      By Fiona Anderson. As a former journalist, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the bloodletting that is happening at newspapers and television and radio stations across Canada. The only exception is the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Private companies need to make money to survive and, with advertisers now having their own advertising platforms (their websit ...

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    • Paradise Lost – Firing an Employee on Vacation

      By Samantha Stepney. Are you considering firing an employee who is on vacation in order to avoid a scene at the office? We recommend that you reconsider this strategy for both legal and other reasons. Aggravated Damages All employers owe their employees a duty of good faith and fair dealing in the manner of termination. This duty is implied as a term in each and every employment contract.

      Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 17 readers -
    • Kelowna Team Retreat 2017: Recap

      We are pleased to say that we can personally attest to the truth of Mayor Basran’s recent YouTube message: Kelowna is still open for business and a great place to visit! Now that our Okanagan office is (already!) six months old, we thought it high time for the Vancouver gang to take a field trip to check out the new digs.

      Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 14 readers -
  • Erin Brandt Speaking at CPHR BC & Yukon (May 2018)

    Erin Brandt will speak about the Gig Economy at the HR Conference + Tradeshow on Wednesday, May 2nd. Super Session: Is This Just a “Gig”? Worker Status in the Shifting Landscape of the Modern Workplace As business needs call for flexibility in work arrangements, employers are turning to casual employment, fixed-term contracts and the use of contract workers to meet their business needs.

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  • CPHR Legal Symposium 2018: Erin and Heidi Talk about Gender

    By Erin Brandt. At last week’s Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (BCYK) 2018 Legal Symposium, Heidi Eaves (Principal at Project House) and I led a rich and rewarding discussion on gender issues in the workplace. Our session began with a conversation about gender bias in hiring and advancement opportunities, wage inequalities, parental leave, dress codes, and harassment and violence.

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  • Employee Dismissal: A Morality Tale (Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada)

    Erin Brandt By Erin Brandt. Last month, an Ontario Court ordered Wal-Mart Canada to pay a dismissed executive $750,000 in punitive and moral damages. As this award was one of the highest of its kind in Canada, we thought the case was worth special mention. What type of conduct by an employer could have led to such significant liability? Let’s find out: Background First, a ...

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  • Shewchuk: Special Costs for “Special” Behavior

    Tiffany Zanatta By Tiffany Zanatta. The British Columbia Supreme Court recently provided a strong reminder to employers about the importance of honoring their settlement obligations, and the consequences if they don’t. After concluding that a post-dismissal settlement had been reached and breached, the court in Shewchuk v.

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  • Richard Johnson Speaks at HRD Employment Law Masterclass (March 2018)

    Panel: Balancing empathy with risk mitigation: Mental health and the disciplinary process March 5th, 2018 Vancouver Convention Centre 1:45 pm Employers face a plethora of legal risks and responsibilities when disciplining employees who have mental illnesses. Obligations arise under common law, collective agreements, human rights, occupational health and safety, and workers’ compensation.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 7 readers -
  • Trevor Speaking at People’s Law School Session (February 2018)

    In this class, learn about the legal issues that may affect you in the workplace. Lawyer Trevor Thomas explains the essentials of the Employment Standards Act, the law that sets out standards every employer and employee must follow. Trevor Thomas is a lawyer with Kent Employment Law, where he advises employees and employers in the areas of employment, human rights and administrative law.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 11 readers -
  • Words from Simon: Year in Review 2017

    Can you believe it’s that time again? The past 12 months have flown by, and while we don’t want to interrupt that (positive) momentum, we do think it’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on the goodness that was 2017. Looking back, here are some of the themes from KEL’s past year that stand out: 1. Expansion. Since the start of the year, our team has grown almost exponentially.

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