The End of CERB and the Transition to EI

05. October 2020 0
Although the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) ended on October 3, 2020, many Canadians still find themselves in need of financial assistance due to the impact of COVID-19. As a result, changes have been implemented to make Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits more accessible. These changes are anticipated to be in effect for one year starting ...

Nightclubs Must Close. Restaurants can Operate but with More Restrictions.

23. September 2020 0
On September 18th, Dr. Henry ordered that all nightclubs cease operating, and imposed new restrictions on restaurants and other similar businesses serving alcohol.  This raises significant considerations for the owners, including how to manage their existing employees.  One of the considerations for employers is whether they can rely on the doctrine of frustration (or the ...

Are Your Employees Covered by the Employment Standards Act?

22. September 2020 0
When preparing employment agreements or considering applicable rules for topics like overtime pay, vacation pay, or termination pay, the first question is to determine if the workplace or the employees are protected by the Employment Standards Act in BC.  This generally involves two different inquiries.  First, one must consider whether the business is federally regulated ...

BC Government Passes Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act

25. August 2020 0
The BC Government’s Bill 23 – 2020: Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020 received Royal Assent on August 14, 2020. Bill 23 follows changes to the Workers Compensation Act and WorkSafe Policy Manual and Materials in April of this year. Notable changes to the Workers Compensation Act under Bill 23 include: Increasing the maximum wage rate ...

Can a Single, Isolated Comment Amount to Sexual Harassment?

In the recent decision The Employee v The University and another (No.2), 2020 BCHRT 12 the BC Human Rights Tribunal held that an isolated comment may not amount to sexual harassment where there are no objective adverse consequences and remedial steps are taken to mitigate the subjective harm felt by the complainant.  FACTS The complainant ...