Why You Need To Use the Correct Pronouns for Your Employees

In the recent Nelson v. Goodberry Restaurant Group Ltd. dba Buono Osteria and others, 2021 BCHRT 137 case, the BC Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) considered a complaint by an employee who asked to be addressed by “they/them” pronouns.    The employee, Jessie Nelson, was a non-binary person who used they/them pronouns.  Jessie worked at a ...

Secret recordings of coworkers provide cause for termination

In Shalagin v Mercer Celgar Limited Partnership, 2022 BCSC 112 the court considered an allegation of cause that arose after termination. Specifically, the terminated employee was a Certified Professional Accountant employed by the defendant for 10 years.    The employee was terminated on a without cause basis and provided payment based on the Employment Standards ...

Non-compete clauses now prohibited in Ontario

In Ontario, you cannot have a non-competition clause with employees except in very narrow circumstances.  On February 2, 2022, we posted about one part of the Working for Workers Act (“Act”) that came into force in Ontario in December 2021.  The Act requires employers to create a policy about the employee’s right to disconnect.  You ...

Mask refusal = complaint dismissed by BCHRT

14. February 2022 0
In a new decision this year (2022 BCHRT 22), the BC Human Rights Tribunal dismissed another complaint made by a person refusing to wear a mask.  The customer attended at the business in October 2020 for an appointment and spoke with a screening employee at the front door. The screener asked the customer to wear ...