British Columbia

British Columbia /ˌbrɪtɪʃ kəˈlʌmbiə/, also commonly referred to by its initials BC or B.C., (French: Colombie-Britannique, C.-B.) is a province located on the West Coast of Canada. British Columbia is also a component of the Pacific Northwest, along with the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The province's name was chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858, reflecting its origins as the British remainder of the Columbia District of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1871, it became the sixth province of Canada. Its Latin motto is Splendor sine occasu ("Splendour without Diminishment").
Posts about British Columbia
  • Sorry Doesn’t Have to Be the Hardest Word: BC’s Apology Act

    … report prepared by the province’s Ombudsman entitled The Power of Apology: Removing the Legal Barriers. In the report, Howard Kushner, Acting Ombudsman for the province, wrote: “In more than six years as the Ombudsman … I have observed that a sincerely offered apology will often satisfy a person who has a complaint. In her 1995 Annual Report…

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  • Seasonal Worker Series (Part 4): Stat Holidays and Vacation

    … statutory holidays in British Columbia, four of them fall between May and September. The resulting long weekends, combined with BC’s warm weather, make the summer months an ideal time to take vacation. As such, it is important for employers and employees in a summer employment relationship to be aware of the Employment Standards rules surrounding stat…

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  • Secret Recordings: Legal, but ill advised?

    … the exact opposite effect with Comey taking just four days to leak the fact that he had written memos-to-file regarding his meetings with Trump. And now we know there are no tapes. But what if there had been recordings? Is it illegal to secretly record conversations and whether it is or not, is there a duty to disclose those recordings? These questions…

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  • Gender-Based Dress Codes: Do We Need Another Law?

    … By Erin Brandt. Gender-based dress codes have lately become a “hot topic” for British Columbia’s media outlets. The recent interest flows from Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s new Bill M2** which (if enacted) Mr. Weaver says will prevent employers from requiring that female employees wear high heels in the workplace. (I myself participated…

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  • Probation: Why Bother?

    … to compensation under s. 63, unless she was fired for cause. • The test for dismissing a probationary employee is suitability. So long as an employer can prove that it acted in good faith in assessing the employee’s suitability for the position, the employer can dismiss the employee without providing reasonable notice under the common law. Suitability…

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  • Accounting Today

    … environmental groups joined to defeat Washington state’s carbon tax initiative, which would have been the first such tax in the U.S. and which has been an apparent success at reducing emissions in British Columbia. The season approaches Solutions for CPA Firm Leaders: Maybe your last partners’ retreat sent you back to the office on cloud nine…

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  • Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employer Tips for 2016

    … Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. Earlier this year, we posted lawyer Richard Johnson’s top ten employment law tips for employees in British Columbia. In the interests of equality and fairness, we thought it was high time we shared his employer tips. So, BC employers, here are RBJ’s top ten workplace law tips: When collecting personal…

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  • Steel in Context – Developments in “Just Cause”

    … By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Last year around this time, we blogged about the Court of Appeal’s conclusion in Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union that the employer had just cause to fire an employee who accessed a document in her manager’s personal folder. Both a majority of the Court of Appeal, and the trial judge before it, considered…

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  • Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employee Tips for 2016

    … employer is responsible for any severance owed to you when your employment ends. If you’re unionized, you are not permitted to sue your employer for wrongful dismissal. Rather, you must follow your collective agreement’s grievance process. You are entitled to a reasonable amount of time to get legal advice on an employment contract before you…

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  • Maternity Leave and Job Protection: Are There Exceptions?

    … Lawyer Erin Kizell, Contributor. We’ve written before about the rights afforded to pregnant employees and new parents by both the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the ESA) and Human Rights Code (the Code). At the risk of repeating ourselves, here’s a brief review of some of the legal protections available to BC employees when it comes…

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