Wendy Woloshyn

  • Workplace Discrimination: A Question of Power and Authority

    Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. As we’ve discussed previously on our blog, employees are protected against workplace discrimination by section 13 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code), which states: A person must not refuse to employ or refuse to continue to employ a person, or discriminate against a person regarding employment or any term or condition of employment be ...

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  • Fixed-Term Employment: Manage the Risks and Respect Your Employees

    First posted December 2014. Updated February 2017. Erin Brandt, Contributor. Some employment contracts specify an end date, some don’t. Why do employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there any difference? Ideally, an employer and employee enter into a new working relationship with optimism, expecting that theirs will be a long-term, mutually beneficial arrangement.

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  • Probation: Why Bother?

    Erin Brandt, Contributor. We’ve weighed in previously on the issue of probationary employment and employers’ duties – and employees’ rights – in that context. In a May 2015 post, Richard Johnson considered the 2012 Geller decision from the BC Court of Appeal and offered best practice suggestions for employers wanting to impose a probationary period for new hires.

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  • Words from Simon: What Employers Need to Know about Family Law

    Last month, we introduced you to our extended family, Connect Family Law, a boutique law firm doing family law a new way. This month, we thought we’d continue the theme and share some things we’ve learned from the Connect team about the intersection of family law and the workplace. While the connection between the two might not seem clear at first, there are actually many ways ...

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  • Probationary Periods – Are they Legal in Canada?

    David Brown, Lawyer. Probationary periods in employment… for something seeming so simple, they still cause a lot of confusion, and employees and employers alike are frequently mistaken about the legality of probationary periods and how they apply to the non-unionized worker. Employees who are terminated during probationary periods often accept their lot without e ...

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  • Mentoring: Sustaining the Legal Profession and Our Clients

    Erin Brandt, Lawyer. “Nobody succeeds on their own…” (US President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, December 28, 2016) As January 2017 is National Mentoring Month in the United States (as so declared by President Obama), it seemed timely to write about mentoring in the legal profession. But how to approach the topic so that this post doesn’t sound like every other “Th ...

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  • David Brown Presents at HRMA Legal Symposium, January 26, 2017

    HRMA Legal Symposium 2017 Marijuana In the Workplace: What’s the Diagnosis? A key component of the Federal Liberal party’s election mandate was the legalization of recreational marijuana. While it is believed that a fully functional legislative and regulatory scheme ending the prohibition of cannabis will not be ready for some time, the prospects of legalized cannabis in th ...

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