Extension of CERB

17. June 2020 0
Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for a further 8 weeks, extending entitlement to a period of 24 weeks.  Eligible applicants can now receive a maximum of $12,000 for the 24 week period, with a payment of $500 per week.  The CERB was introduced to provide ...

Termination Without Cause While on Short-Term Disability: Does it Warrant Aggravated Damages?

11. June 2020 0
Martin v. Yellow Pages Digital & Media Solutions Limited, 2018 BCSC 2557 The employee brought a summary trial application for wrongful dismissal. There was no question that the employee was terminated without cause. The parties disagreed on the length of reasonable notice, the quantum of reasonable notice, and whether or not aggravated damages were warranted. Despite the ...

Termination with Cause: Acts of Dishonesty Provide Just Cause for Dismissal

09. June 2020 0
A recent BC Supreme Court decision demonstrates that acts of dishonesty by employees may give their employer grounds to dismiss them with cause. Facts In Movassaghi v. Harbourfront Wealth Management Inc., 2020 BCSC 579, the defendant employer, Harbourfront, was an investment consulting firm and member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”). The ...

BC MINIMUM WAGE INCREASED ON JUNE 1, 2020

01. June 2020 0
The BC government is moving ahead with their planned 75 cent/hour increase to the minimum wage, which comes into effect on June 1, 2020.  This increase brings the minimum wage to $14.60/hour and is the third increase in a series of four scheduled increases as part of the government’s plan to bring the minimum wage ...

REVISING BONUSES: SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATIONS TO EMPLOYEE BONUS PROGRAMS MAY CONSTITUTE CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

A recent BC Supreme Court decision shows that employers should exercise caution when making unilateral changes to employee bonus programs. In Wiltse v. Seastar Chemicals ULC, 2020 BCSC 658, the plaintiff was a chemist who had been employed at a chemical productions company for 17 years. The plaintiff participated in the company’s bonus program, which ...

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance and Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility Applications to Open

On May 20, 2020 Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains announced the opening of the application process for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program. More information can be found about this program in our previous blog post found here. The same day, Justin Trudeau announced that applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will ...

Trudeau Announces Expansion to Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account

On May 19, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”), previously discussed in Rose Keith’s blog post dated April 16, 2020, found here.  CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada and provides a partially forgivable, zero interest loan of up to $40,000 for qualifying small businesses. Up to $10,000 ...