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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 ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 13 readers -
  • 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.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 18 readers -
  • 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 ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 25 readers -
  • 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.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 16 readers -
  • 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.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 15 readers -
  • 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 ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 24 readers -
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