Refusal to Work

13. November 2020 0
With the ongoing surge in COVID 19 cases employers need to be aware of their obligations. The recent Public Health Order which is in place from November 7 to 23, has imposed specific obligations on employers.  Specifically, the order requires that: Employers must review their COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure that they adequately protect workers ...

What to do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19?

09. November 2020 0
As the cases continue to rise in BC and across Canada, it may happen that one of your employees tests positive for COVID-19.  These general principles should guide you if this happens.    First, the infected employee should not be permitted to return to the workplace until they are clear of COVID-19. Second, in most ...

The New Public Health Order and What it Means for Your Workplace

09. November 2020 0
On November 7, in response to surging COVID 19 numbers, Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a Public Health Order placing further restrictions on British Columbians residing in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Fraser Health District. The order came after BC recorded 589 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and another 567 on Saturday. Dr. Henry ...

Employers Beware – Attempting to Address Systemic Inequality is Not Enough

03. November 2020 0
In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28, the Supreme Court of Canada considered an allegation of “adverse impact” discrimination where an apparently neutral pension plan had a disproportionate impact on female RCMP members with children. The court’s broad interpretation of the equality rights in section 15 of the Charter has potentially far-reaching implications ...

Why It’s Important to Put It in Writing

26. October 2020 0
Many employers and businesses fail to put employment and contractor agreements in writing. They do this for a variety of reasons ranging from they don’t know how to draft the agreement to they don’t want to do it because they have a more informal workplace and they like it that way. Some businesses don’t want ...

How will the courts factor COVID-19 into determining severance?

16. October 2020 0
The well-established factors that must be taken into consideration when assessing the amount of notice that a without cause terminated employee is entitled to include: age of the employee; nature of the employment; length of the employment; and availability of similar employment having regard to the experience, training and qualification of the employee. It is ...