Human Rights

Human rights are moral principles that set out certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law. They are "commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being." Human rights are thus conceived as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone).The doctrine of human rights has been highly influential within international law, global and regional institutions. Policies of states and in the activities of non-governmental organizations and have become a cornerstone of public policy around the world.
Posts about Human Rights
    • 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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  • 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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  • Postmedia’s Layoffs: Words to the Wise

    …” and not discriminatory (that is, not based on race, religion, marital status, age or any other prohibited ground under human rights laws), the only rule is that the employee must be given sufficient notice of the termination or money in lieu of notice. (For a full primer on the basics of notice and severance, read my colleague Samantha Stepney’s…

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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…

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  • David Brown Presents at HRMA Legal Symposium, January 26, 2017

    … rapidly. All of this begs the question: what are the risks and challenges that cannabis presents to the workplace in a changing legislative and cultural landscape? Speaking at HRMA’s Legal Symposium in Vancouver on January 26, 2017, Lawyer David Brown will consider this question, and in particular issues such as measuring intoxication, human rights…

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  • Erin Brandt: Emerging Talent

    … of the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Erin is also a frequent contributor to our blog, with a special emphasis on topical issues and workplace human rights. And, as a three-time speaker at Vancouver Startup Week, she is the voice of employment law for local new business. Share with others The post Erin Brandt: Emerging Talent appeared first on . …

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