• 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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  • Can – and Should – Employers “Ban” After-Hours Work Email?

    (First published May 2014. Updated January 2017.) Do you expect your employees to read and respond to work-related email after hours or on weekends? Or do you encourage your staff to “disconnect” once they leave the office? The topic of after-hours work email is again in the news after France introduced a new law that grants employees in the country the legal right to ignore ...

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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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  • 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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  • Probationary Periods – Are they Legal in Canada?

    David Brown, Lawyer. Probationary periods in employment… for something seeming so simple, they still cause a lot of confusion, and employees and employers alike are frequently mistaken about the legality of probationary periods and how they apply to the non-unionized worker. Employees who are terminated during probationary periods often accept their lot without e ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 22 readers -
  • Mentoring: Sustaining the Legal Profession and Our Clients

    Erin Brandt, Lawyer. “Nobody succeeds on their own…” (US President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, December 28, 2016) As January 2017 is National Mentoring Month in the United States (as so declared by President Obama), it seemed timely to write about mentoring in the legal profession. But how to approach the topic so that this post doesn’t sound like every other “Th ...

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  • Vancouver Startup 2017 Recap: Erin and Heidi Engage with Entrepreneurs

    By Wendy Woloshyn. Last month, and for the fourth year in a row, Erin Brandt was fortunate enough to connect with local business owners during Vancouver’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship, Vancouver Startup Week. This year Erin and co-presenter Heidi Eaves, Principal at Project House, spoke to a packed room at The Profile filled primarily with representatives from new ...

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