Sustainable Employment

  • B Corp: Celebrating Recertification

    … By Wendy Woloshyn. In 2015, we became the first B Corp law firm in Canada – and were more than just a little proud! It’s now 2017, and what a (positive) difference two years makes. 2017 Recertification and Audit To remain a B Corp, an organization must “recertify” biennially, so our turn was up earlier this year. Recertification involved…

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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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  • 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…

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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…

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

    … Contributor, Geoff Mason. School’s (almost) out for summer, and BC business owners are gearing up to hire students for the season. As such, we thought it timely to offer some tips on seasonal employment to employers and employees both, with a special emphasis on creating sustainable workplace relationships. Over the next few weeks, we…

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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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  • Words from Simon: What Employers Need to Know about Family Law

    … employee trust and engagement in the long term. (For more on the topic of the flex hours generally, see our post here.) Be proactive. If your benefits plan includes sessions with an EAP (employee assistance plan) provider or coverage for psychological services, remind your employee of this – and, again, make sure to give him the time and space he…

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  • Flex hours: making it work for your business

    … If the number of articles published on Forbes.com alone is any indication, workplace flexibility is a hot topic for today’s employers. Researchers and pundits alike hail the benefits of flexible work arrangements, which include employee happiness, productivity, and engagement. In certain circumstances, such as where an employee faces health…

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