Harper Grey Hosts “Ask Us Anything: Working from Home”

28. July 2021 0
On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, our Workplace Law Group hosted the second “Ask Us Anything Employer Webinar” focused on working from home. The panel discussion provided insights from: Scott Marcinkow, Rose Keith, QC, Ryan Chan and Neal Parker. Our panelists were joined by Jeanne Posey of our Business Law group who responded to questions relating to employer obligations from a tax perspective. Check out the recorded ...

Understanding Job Protected Leaves

28. July 2021 0
All workers in BC are covered by the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (the “Act”).  The Act provides employees with a number of job protected leaves, some of which are paid and most of which are unpaid. These leaves trigger duties and responsibilities on employers.  There are a variety of different types of leaves and ...

Interim Order 8 Impacts Severance Payments on Terminations After September 27, 2020

The Federal government has released an Interim Order 8 under the Employment Insurance Act (“Act”).  It should have an effect on severance payments made to employees who were terminated after September 2020.  In ordinary circumstances, if a terminated employee is receiving Employment Insurance and then receives a severance payment, the employee will have to make ...

Courts Continue to Carefully Consider the Legal Effect of Temporary Layoffs, Even Where an Employee Initially Agreed to It

On June 29, 2021, I wrote a blog post about the decision in Hogan v 1187938 BC Ltd., 2021 BCSC 1021, where the BC Supreme Court confirmed that an employee’s receipt of Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) payments after termination should be deducted from an award of damages for wrongful dismissal. That decision was released ...

Is Your Vacation Policy Compliant with the Employment Standards Act?

05. July 2021 0
Just like anything else in an employment relationship, the Employment Standards Act (the “Act”) defines the minimum that you must provide to employees in terms of vacation and vacation pay.  A failure to comply with the requirements of the Act can have significant financial consequences.  In addition to requiring you to comply, there are significant ...

BC Moves to Step 3 of Restart Plan

29. June 2021 0
More restrictions are being lifted in British Columbia on July 1 as the province moves to step 3 of its restart plan, which is a significant step towards normalcy.  The state of emergency due to COVID-19 will end on June 30 at 11:59 p.m.  With the end of the state of emergency, life for British ...