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  • Holiday Dismissals: What are the Risks for Employers?

    Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. As we’ve explained elsewhere in this blog, unless there is a termination clause in her employment contract, the amount of notice or severance a dismissed employee is entitled to depends on several factors, namely: The nature of her employment Her length of service Her age The availability of similar employment, having regard to ...

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  • Social Media and the Workplace: From Hiring to Firing

    Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. In a previous post on this site, we looked at whether an employee’s social media activity can give her employer cause to fire her. Since that time, social media channels have continued to multiply, as has their use and sometimes abuse. For those of us who are employed, or hope to be, this use brings with it a host of work-related hazards, b ...

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  • TeBaerts v. Penta Builders Group Inc., 2015 BCSC 2008

    After approximately 11 years’ employment, our client was dismissed for cause for deleting materials relating to work done by an employee who had recently resigned. The employer alleged that the deletions constituted sabotage of company property, and that our client was dishonest in her responses about the deletions.

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  • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: The More Things Change…

    Change can be scary. The first question on most people’s minds when change is on the horizon is: What will this mean for me? As an employer, workplace change can be doubly overwhelming, since you need to consider not only your own interests, but also those of your employees. And when that change is imposed from outside your organization – by lawmakers, for example – the u ...

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  • Racial Profiling in the Marketplace: An Employment Law Perspective

    By Heather Hettiarachchi. Research indicates that racial profiling is quite common in the retail industry and that security personnel routinely engage in racial profiling practices. Research further indicates that black people are often the primary target of this profiling, giving rise to the phrase “shopping while black”, which describes this type of marketplace discrimination.

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