EMPLOYER ALERT: CORONAVIRUS DECLARED A PANDEMIC

12. March 2020 0
The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. This does not mean that the characteristics of the disease have changed at all, it simply means there are concerns with its geographic spread.  According to the WHO a pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have ...

GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN THE WORKPLACE

10. March 2020 0
The COVID-19 epidemic challenges companies to carefully review strategies, policies and procedures they have in place to protect employees, customers and operations.  Management of the workplace in the face of the epidemic engages a variety of legal considerations that have significant implications for both employers and employees. Rose Keith, QC, a member of our leading ...

A Final Release is Not a Final Release for Unjust Dismissal Claims

18. February 2020 0
The Federal Court of Appeal recently affirmed that an employee who signs a final release is not barred from bringing an unjust dismissal complaint under the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”). The provincial employment standards legislation does not apply to employees in certain federally regulated industries. Those working in a federally regulated sector, such as ...

Coronavirus: Advice for Employers

10. February 2020 0
The World Health Organization recently declared novel coronavirus (“coronavirus”) a global health emergency. Countries across the world are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. In light of the current situation and potential for escalation, employers should be cognizant of their workplace duties relating to these types of health scares. Prevention Employers ...

UBER NOT GIVING UP ON ARBITRATION CLAUSE WITHOUT A FIGHT

27. January 2020 0
While Uber made its highly anticipated arrival in British Columbia last week, the leading ridesharing company is awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada on the validity of an arbitration clause in their contracts with drivers. Uber is a Netherland based company but operates worldwide treating their drivers as Independent Contractors. When an ...

HAVING AN OUT FOR A FIXED TERM CONTRACT

15. January 2020 0
Many employers arrange employment relationships under a “fixed term” contract.  Fixed term contracts run for a set period of time and specify the date on which the employment ends.  These types of contracts can be beneficial as they provide greater certainty that an employee will fulfill the full term of the engagement. They are often ...