An Unenforceable “With Cause” Termination Provision Could Sink an Entire Termination Clause

06. January 2021 0
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision from earlier this year has employers across Canada worried about the enforceability of their termination provisions. Facts The plaintiff in Waksdale v. Swegon 2020 ONCA 391, was terminated without cause after 8 months of employment. He subsequently brought an action for wrongful dismissal against his former employer and moved ...

Income Support for Individuals

26. November 2020 0
The pandemic has created significant financial stress for many Canadians. Those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and those who have lost income due to either exposure to COVID-19 or having to care for another due to COVID-19. The Federal Government has put in place a variety of COVID-19 related benefits ...

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 ...