BC Moves to Step 3 of Restart Plan

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 ...

Updating your Offer Letters

It is very exciting to have found a new candidate to add to your team.  It is often a long search to find the right person and once you do there can be a real push to get them started as quickly as possible.  Before you make a verbal offer, make sure that you take ...

The Return to Normal – BC’s Restart Plan

BC is finally starting to see progress in moving past the COVID19 pandemic.  Daily cases are decreasing, hospitalizations are decreasing, and rate of vaccination is increasing.  With that, workplaces are beginning to consider the return to normal.  The starting point for that is understanding BC’s Restart Plan and finding a way to apply that Plan ...

Updating your Bonus Plans

Bonuses are a great tool to motivate and reward staff. Bonuses can contribute to employee loyalty and can provide employers with a way of tailoring compensation to revenue, allowing payment in times when revenue allows it but not requiring it when revenue does not. Payment of bonuses can also; however, create unanticipated financial liability at ...

New Workplace Closure Powers

In the ongoing fight against COVID 19 and in particular in response to the recent surge in cases, the BC Provincial Health Officer has announced new workplace closure powers. These were announced on April 8 and are in effect as of April 12. The order authorizes British Columbia WorkSafeBC officers to operate under the Public ...

Updating your Progressive Discipline Policy

An annual review of your progressive discipline policy is good HR practice. Is your policy helping you to change unwanted behaviours? Are your employees aware of the policy and do they understand how it works? Is the policy helping you to communicate expected behaviour in the workplace? Is the policy being consistently and appropriately applied ...

Reviewing your Investigation Practices

Employers are required to have a bullying and harassment policy in place and a key component to that policy is the investigation procedure. Taking the time to consider the components of an appropriate investigation procedure for your specific workplace and reviewing that policy on a regular basis, can help lessen the potential financial liability and ...