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  • What’s Fair? Severance and Probationary Employees

    With contributions from Richard Johnson, Lawyer. Consider this scenario: Your new employee isn’t working out quite the way you had hoped. You’ve made the tough decision that it’s better for everyone – you, him, the Company – if you end the employment relationship now. Since he’s only been with you for six weeks, you’re not sure…do you owe him any severance? How much? Well, ...

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  • Firing for Cause: Disciplinary Action and Timely Warnings

    By Heather Hettiarachchi, Lawyer. Employers know that firing or disciplining an employee for just cause is not easy, particularly where the alleged cause is poor performance. This is because the employer has to document the problem or problems, provide warnings and prove that the employee clearly understood that his/her job was on the line if he/she did not improve. Haddock v.

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  • Just Cause: Consider the Context

    With contributions from Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. While the phrase “just cause” has become a part of the public lexicon (so much so that it has been used as the title of a popular action-adventure video game), the term actually has a specific legal meaning that few non-lawyers are fully familiar with.

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  • Trevor Thomas Presenting at Law Week 2015, April 13th

    People’s Law School – Law Week 2015 Employment Law Times and locations: April 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm People’s Law School 900 Howe Street, Vancouver and April 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch Community Place, Second Floor, 7700 Minoru Gate #100 The People’s Law School presents Law Week 2015 April 13 to 17 at various locations thr ...

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  • Successful CRA Appeal

    We represented a small business in its appeal of a ruling by the Canada Revenue Agency that the business’ workers were properly classified as employees, as opposed to self-employed independent contractors. The effect of this initial ruling was that our client was ordered to make certain EI, CPP and ...

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  • Event: Lunch Seminar for Employers with Heather Hettiarachchi

    Lunch Seminar for Employers – Kent Employment Law How to End the Employment Relationship April 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1285 West Broadway, Vancouver Firing an employee is never easy. However, there are ways an employer can reduce the financial (and emotional) pain of termination. During this free lunch seminar, Kent Employment Law lawyer and human resources specialist Heather ...

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  • Federal Court of Appeal Success

    Our client, a maintenance engineer, was dismissed after 15 years on the job. We first represented him at a hearing under the Canada Labour Code, where we asked an Adjudicator to determine his severance entitlements on dismissal. Key to this determination was whether our client had been an employee or independent contractor.

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