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

    …. Not so any more, and not for quite some time, at least in British Columbia. In 2006, the province passed the Apology Act. The Act has two substantive provisions. The first defines an apology generally as: an expression of sympathy or regret,a statement that one is sorry, orany other words or actions indicating contrition or commiseration. This sounds…

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

    … Photo by Crew Marketing By Geoff Mason. Earlier this month, we continued my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a post describing the special employment rules that apply to certain summer-centric industries. In today’s post (Part 4), I review the rules that apply to statutory holiday pay and vacation entitlements. Of the 10…

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  • Secret Recordings: Legal, but ill advised?

    … to either prove or disprove a material fact have to be disclosed. And the definition of a document includes sound recordings. That’s the case even if the recording actually hurts the claim of the recording party. And if the recorder deleted the recording, negative inferences could be made. But recorders beware. The British Columbia Court…

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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?

    … period, he is entitled to compensation for length of service under the ESA. Section 63 of the ESA entitles all employees to a certain amount of notice or compensation in lieu once they complete three months of employment. Thus, if an employee is subject to a 6 month probation period and is fired after 5 months of employment, she is entitled…

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  • Accounting Today

    …: “a mixed bag of goodies and sillies.” Don’t Mess With Taxes: Expats are on the rise, according to the IRS. That and the timing of the recent presidential campaign and still-smoldering election is purely circumstantial. Tax Vox: Politics makes strange bedfellows indeed when the fossil fuel industry worked with progressive advocacy groups and even…

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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

    … for employees in British Columbia: You are eligible for statutory holiday pay if you’ve been employed for at least 30 days before the stat holiday, and you have worked and/or earned money for at least 15 of those days. You may take up to eight weeks’ unpaid compassionate care leave from your job to care for a family member. You may take up…

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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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