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 ...

Updating your Offer Letters

07. June 2021 0
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 ...

Harper Grey’s Workplace Law Group hosts “Ask Us Anything Employer Webinar: Covid Concerns in the Workplace”

07. June 2021 0
On Wednesday, June 2, our Workplace Law Group hosted an Ask Us Anything Employer Webinar: Covid Concerns in the Workplace panel discussion. The webinar provided insights from our panel of subject experts, Scott Marcinkow, Rose Keith, QC, Ryan Chan, Deanna Froese and Neal Parker. Check out the recorded session below. Workplace Hygiene and Safety 1. What is a COVID safety plan? (5:19)2. Who ...