New Workplace Closure Powers

09. April 2021 0
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

06. April 2021 0
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

10. March 2021 0
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 ...

Updating Employment Contracts

02. February 2021 0
Your employment contracts are one of the most important documents for your company. The employment contract details the particulars of employment. The contract provides the start date, the wage rate, entitlement to compensation over and above base salary and the obligations once employment has ended. The employment contract can be used to specify non-competition obligations ...

Annual HR Review Plan

02. February 2021 0
As January comes to a close it is a great time to take stock of your employment practices and to create an annual plan for updating all policies and practices to ensure that they have incorporated any changes to the law that have occurred in the last year. Take the time to ensure that your ...

Bullying and Harassment – Understanding your Obligations as an Employer

25. January 2021 0
The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Governor General Julie Payette underscore the obligations of employers. At its base, the requirement for Canada to deal with the difficulties associated with Ms. Payette arise because of duties and obligations imposed in employment relationships. After complaints arose, Canada hired an independent consulting firm to complete a review (investigation) ...

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Workplaces

06. January 2021 0
2020 presented unprecedented challenges for workplaces, requiring employers to be creative and strategic in responding to the significant changes required by the COVID-19 pandemic. The close of 2020 brought with it the approval of two vaccines, with more on the horizon. These vaccines will hopefully assist in putting the pandemic and all the resulting restrictions ...

Income Support for Individuals

26. November 2020 0
The pandemic has created significant financial stress for many Canadians. Those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and those who have lost income due to either exposure to COVID-19 or having to care for another due to COVID-19. The Federal Government has put in place a variety of COVID-19 related benefits ...