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Archive for the ‘Employment Law’ Category

March 9th, 2015

When Is A Quit Not A Quit?

When Is A Quit Not A Quit?

I suspect that most employers struggle, occasionally, with the question of whether an employee has resigned from employment. I know that I am often called on to provide advice on this subject.

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March 5th, 2015

The Power of the Probationary Period

The Power of the Probationary Period

Perhaps the best weapon in an employer’s arsenal to screen applicants is the probation period. In my experience, it is also one of the least used and least understood.

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March 2nd, 2015

Onerous Terms Not Necessarily Unconscionable

Onerous Terms Not Necessarily Unconscionable

Wrongful dismissal cases often lead to debate over the legality of a severance formula set out in an employment contract. In most cases, the former employee argues the severance formula should be disregarded while the employer argues for keeping it.

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February 25th, 2015

Length of Tenure Influences Notice Entitlement

Canada's Express Entry

How much notice do employees legally need before you can lay them off? Although many people think two weeks is the legal standard, Canadian common law for employment outlines termination notice in detail.

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February 18th, 2015

Canada’s Express Entry

Canada's Express Entry

Effective January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced a new skilled immigrant intake system—Express Entry (EE). Originally called Expression of Interest, it is modelled after New Zealand’s immigration system. Though little has changed regarding the categories and criteria, what has changed is the application assessment and management system. As such, Canada still chooses […]

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February 18th, 2015

Severance Pay in BC

severance pay in bc

After three months of consecutive employment an employee may be eligible for compensation, written working notice, or a combination of the two as follows: After three months – one week After 12 months – two weeks After three years – one week for each completed year of employment, to a maximum of eight weeks No […]

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July 22nd, 2014

Minimum Wage in BC

British Columbia will end a three-year freeze on the minimum wage with a 2-per-cent hike in September, giving the province’s lowest-income earners an additional 20 cents per hour, or enough for a cup of coffee after an eight-hour shift. The minimum wage in British Columbia is as follows: May 1, 2011 – $8.75 per hour; […]

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September 17th, 2012

Proposed changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Proposed changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

On August 17, 2012, the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, announced proposed revisions for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The previous selection criterion was rigid and not staying current with the labour market needs. The long processing times and outdated occupational lists couldn’t keep pace with the realities of the Canadian workplace. The government is hoping that these new […]

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July 31st, 2012

Bill 14 is Here

Bill 14 is Here

Bullying is not anything that is new to the workplace. It sometimes starts in our schoolyards and in many cases, just continues in the workplace.
The question is – and it’s a good one – what exactly is bullying?

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May 31st, 2012

Handle Workplace Investigations with Care

Handle Workplace Investigations with Care

Even with the best of intentions, we can make errors in workplace investigations that are very costly not only in directly visible ways, but also through indirect costs such as organizational reputation, employee morale and of course, turnover.

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