Wendy Woloshyn

  • Gender-Based Dress Codes: Do We Need Another Law?

    By Erin Brandt. Gender-based dress codes have lately become a “hot topic” for British Columbia’s media outlets. The recent interest flows from Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s new Bill M2** which (if enacted) Mr. Weaver says will prevent employers from requiring that female employees wear high heels in the workplace.

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  • 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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  • Philps v. Ritchie-Smith Feeds and another, 2017 BCHRT 67

    Our client filed a discrimination complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal against his former employer and union. After filing with the provincial Tribunal, the employer asserted that the matter fell within federal jurisdiction. Out of an abundance of caution, we did not withdraw our client’s provincial complaint until the Canadian Human Rights Commission accepted jurisdicti ...

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  • The Challenge of Terminating for Cause: Stock v. Oak Bay Marina Ltd.

    What’s the difference between a termination with cause and without? Most people seem to have a good idea, and recognize that a termination with cause is rooted in employee misconduct. If it has been discovered that an employee has been stealing, lying or committing other forms of misconduct, the employer may be able to argue that the employee has fundamentally breached the em ...

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  • Employer Forum Recap: Engagement and Retention

    Following our highly successful Employer Forum in November 2016, Kent Employment Law held its second Forum last month. These quarterly breakfast events are an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Hosted by lawyer Trevor Thomas, February’s Forum focused on employee engagement and retention.

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  • 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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