Minor policy breach not enough for cause termination

14. August 2023 0
In Stevens v Port Coquitlam (City), 2022 BCCA 2090, the Supreme Court of BC had to consider whether the employer City had just cause for termination.   The employee (Mr. Stevens) was first employed by the City for roughly seven years as a unionized employee.  In early 2018, he was seen washing his personal truck ...

BC Court Finds Employee Voluntarily Resigned From Employment

09. August 2023 0
In Khangura v Lumberwest Building Supplies Inc., 2023 BCSC 1053, the Supreme Court of BC had to consider whether an employee was terminated without cause, or voluntarily resigned from his employment.   There were three emails from the employer to the employee at issue. The first email set out several concerns with the employee’s work ...

The History of BC’s New Statutory Holiday

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  The origin of this day of recognition began with Orange Shirt Day, which is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake in May 2013.  The Reunion brought together former students and their ...

Competition Act criminalizes certain agreements between employers

19. June 2023 0
Subsection 45(1.1) of the Competition Act (the “Act”) comes into force on June 23, 2023.  This new subsection has been added to the existing criminal conspiracy provisions of the Act and aims to protect competition in the labour markets by prohibiting employers from entering into agreements that fix wages and restrict job mobility through no-poaching ...

Pay Transparency Act is now in effect in BC

This is an update to our blog post on May 8, 2023.  The Pay Transparency Act (the Act) in BC was passed on May 11, 2023.  Here is a link to our previous post summarizing the proposed new Act.  Some parts of the Act come into force this year.  For instance, starting on November 1, ...

New Statutory Holiday on Sept 30th for BC

On March 9, 2023, the BC government passed legislation to make September 30th a statutory holiday.  This makes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a provincial holiday in BC.  Previously it was only a statutory holiday for federally regulated employees in BC, and some provincially regulated employers in BC chose to recognize it.  This holiday ...

BC increases minimum wage on June 1, 2023

On June 1, 2023, the minimum wage in BC will increase from $15.65 to $16.75 per hour.   This 6.9% increase was based on the inflation rate for 2022.  In 2022, the increase to the wage rate was only 2.8%.  The increase to the minimum wage is confirmed in the Employment Standards Regulation (pursuant to the ...