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    • Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 1

      By Geoff Mason. Employment contracts come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in terms of detail, style and substance. There’s one thing they all have in common, however. Every employment agreement is FULL of implied terms. An “implied term” is best understood when compared with an “express term”, which is a contractual term that two parties explicitly agree to, either orally or in writing.

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    • Japanese Vending Machines: The High Cost of Low-Skilled Labour

      Contributor, Geoff Mason. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ve probably noticed the bevy of vending machines. They’re everywhere. In fact, there are approximately 23 vending machines for every person in Japan. For a population of 127 million people, that’s, well…a lot of vending machines. Source: Okinawa Travel Guide Why, you may ask? There’s more than one explanation for ...

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  • Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 2 (Employers)

    … Earlier this month, I blogged about certain implied contractual terms that govern employees’ conduct. (You’ll remember that an implied term is one that is not written down anywhere or explicitly agreed to by employer and employee, but still has the same legal force as does an express term.) In today’s post, I continue my focus on implied terms…

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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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  • Seasonal Worker Series (Part 2): Young Employees

    …. The same is true for employment law – younger workers are entitled to the same legal rights and protections as are their seniors. However, to reflect the special vulnerability of youth, BC’s Employment Standards Act (the ESA) places certain additional responsibilities on employers with young employees on the payroll. Here’s a quick primer to get…

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  • Seasonal Worker Series (Part 1): Fixed-Term Contracts

    …. Just be mindful of the risks and have an employer lawyer draft or review the contract before it’s signed. Your other option is to use a contract of indefinite term, i.e. one without a specific end date. This avoids the risks described above, but means you will have to give your employee notice of termination or severance. To limit these obligations…

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  • Kelowna Launch 2017: Recap

    … By Geoff Mason and Wendy Woloshyn. There’s no question we love a good party. Which is why we were delighted to have a reason to play host to the Okanagan community last month at the official opening of our Kelowna office. A diverse and dynamic group representing a variety of industries, our guests made our job easy as they welcomed us…

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