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. Until recently, an employee…

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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 appeared first on . …

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 19 readers -
  • Human Rights in BC: Should We Follow Ontario’s Example?

    … By Erin Brandt. The purposes of our provincial Human Rights Code are to: Foster a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia. Promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Prevent…

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

    … the Workers Compensation Act, the partial rationale for the new law appears to be one of health / safety – as Dr. Weaver pointed out when introducing the Bill earlier this month, high heels can be “extremely uncomfortable and unsafe”.) Interestingly, however, such gender-based discrimination is already prohibited by the British Columbia Human Rights Code…

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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…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 30 readers -
  • 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…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 25 readers -
  • 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

    … Erin is what Malcolm Gladwell calls a connector. Strong community roots, genuine curiosity and a deep caring for others make her a true “people person”. She is forward-thinking, and combines a millennial mindset with legal creativity to create impact and change in her clients’ lives. Her main drivers are fairness and innovation, values which…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 15 readers -
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