Erin'S Blog

    • Suen: Family Status Protections for Both Parents

      By Erin Brandt. The British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code) protects employees who have competing work and family obligations from discrimination on the job. Put another way, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against their workers (including by firing them) because of their family status.

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  • Stewart: Balancing Collective and Individual Rights

    … How can an employer ensure a safe workplace while also protecting its individual employees’ human rights? Erin Brandt considers this question in her latest case law update. Read Erin’s review of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. here. The post Stewart: Balancing Collective and Individual Rights…

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  • Human Rights in BC: Should We Follow Ontario’s Example?

    … to fulfill its statutory mandate. As a result, human rights education in the Province is falling behind some of the other Provinces. Ontario’s Approach In contrast to BC, Ontario has adopted a tripartite human rights model, consisting of: A Commission that is responsible for education and advocacy, A Tribunal that is responsible for complaint…

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  • Undue Hardship (CLEBC Paper, 2017)

    … By Shanti P. Reda and Erin Brandt. In this paper written for the 2017 CLEBC Employment Law Conference, co-authors Shanti Reda and Erin Brandt consider several recent court decisions dealing with the issue of undue hardship in the context of an employee human rights claim. Click here to read the article. The post Undue Hardship (CLEBC Paper…

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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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  • Workations: A Path Towards Sustainable Employment?

    … Erin Brandt, Contributor. Workations as a concept are nothing new. Employees, executives and business owners brought paperwork with them on holiday and maintained remote contact with the office long before we entered the Digital Age. Even the term itself has gone mainstream, as evidenced by its inclusion in the online Urban Dictionary…

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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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  • 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…

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