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By Andres Barker, Lawyer. In the much anticipated decision of Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission issued last week, the Supreme Court of Canada reinforced the established law that, absent an inherent right to do so, suspending an employee may constitute a constructive dismissal of their employment.
With contributions by Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. You’ve just been offered a promotion to [Fill in the Blank] Manager – congratulations! If you’re lucky, your change in job title will bring with it increased compensation and authority. In British Columbia, there are also employment law implications to holding a management position.
When it comes to writing reference letters, the current employer mindset seems to be “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” – also known as Thumper’s Rule. Some employment lawyers have echoed this advice. It seems that an almost paralyzing fear of the (more imagined than real?) repercussions of giving a former employee a negative reference has led many em ...
By Andres Barker, Lawyer. In a judgment issued last week, the British Columbia Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge’s decision that a senior level employee was unjustly dismissed after giving away free food vouchers to his daughter’s sports teams. The plaintiff was the manager of the Duke Point ferry terminal for approximately 4.5 years.
By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Many employees who leave a job voluntarily refer to handing in their “two weeks’ notice” that they are quitting. But is this practice actually required by law? It’s a question we often hear from resigning employees. Unlike the notice of termination requirements imposed on employers by employment standards legislation, there is no legislated requirem ...
It’s never wise to badmouth your boss. Doing so on social media can be downright dumb. But does it amount to just cause for dismissal? In some cases, absolutely. A number of labour decisions over the past several years have considered how an employee’s off-duty social media activity can damage an employer’s business or reputation and/or amount to insubordination.
HRMA Conference + Tradeshow 2015 – April 28-29, Vancouver, BC TRICKS OF THE TRADE: A Look at Employment Law from Employment Contracts to Terminations April 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm Vancouver Convention Centre The Human Resources Management Association presents its 2015 Conference and Tradeshow April 28-29 in Vancouver, BC at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
With contributions by Erin Kizell, Lawyer. Some employment contracts specify an employment end date, and others don’t. Why should employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there really any difference? Often, an employer and employee will enter into their new working relationship hopefully, with the expectation that theirs will be a long-term, mutually beneficial arrangement.
Contributor, Trevor Thomas, lawyer. What happens to my severance package if my employer is dissolved by statute? As abstract and unlikely as this question might at first glance appear, it was in fact recently considered by the British Columbia Court of Appeal in the case of Maxwell v. British Columbia.
Top 5 Employment Law Issues to Avoid in Your Business November 25, 2014 at 6 pm 1285 West Broadway, Vancouver BC Erin Kizell will be speaking on the following topics: 1. Employees vs. independent contractors 2. Best practices for employment contracts 3. Overtime 4. Human rig ...
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