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 ...

Employers Beware – Potential Future Violation of ESA Could Render Employment Agreement Unenforceable

23. March 2021 0
In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that a termination provision was unenforceable because it would violate Ontario’s Employment Standards Act if the employee’s role changed or the employer grew in size. Facts Chris Rutledge was a construction worker with Canaan Construction. Ontario’s employment standards legislation provides that “construction employees” are ...

Employer Liable for Bonus, Again.

16. March 2021 0
Koski v. Terago Networks Inc., 2021 BCSC 117 Koski was dismissed without cause and without notice after 13 years of employment.  Although he had an employment contract, it did not include a termination clause.  The court found that Koski was entitled to 13 months of notice.  The court also found that Koski was entitled to ...