• Postmedia’s Layoffs: Words to the Wise

      By Fiona Anderson. As a former journalist, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the bloodletting that is happening at newspapers and television and radio stations across Canada. The only exception is the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Private companies need to make money to survive and, with advertisers now having their own advertising platforms (their websit ...

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    • David Brown Presents at HRMA Legal Symposium, January 26, 2017

      HRMA Legal Symposium 2017 Marijuana In the Workplace: What’s the Diagnosis? A key component of the Federal Liberal party’s election mandate was the legalization of recreational marijuana. While it is believed that a fully functional legislative and regulatory scheme ending the prohibition of cannabis will not be ready for some time, the prospects of legalized cannabis in th ...

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    • Workplace Discrimination: A Question of Power and Authority

      Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. As we’ve discussed previously on our blog, employees are protected against workplace discrimination by section 13 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code), which states: A person must not refuse to employ or refuse to continue to employ a person, or discriminate against a person regarding employment or any term or condition of employment be ...

      Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 23 readers -
  • Kelowna Employer Forum Recap: Recruitment and Hiring (June 2017)

    In 2016, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series in Vancouver. An in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals, our Forums offer an opportunity to connect and learn from each other in a casual, relaxed setting. Earlier this month, we were delighted to introduce our Employer Forums to the Okanagan business community.

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  • Training Costs: Business Risks and Benefits

    By Samantha Stepney. Some jobs require specialized training. Where an employer requires this training as a condition of employment but offers to pay the associated costs (sometimes thousands of dollars), both parties benefit: the employer is assured of hiring a qualified candidate and the employee gains new employment as well as a free skills upgrade. It’s a win-win.

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  • Kelowna Team Retreat 2017: Recap

    We are pleased to say that we can personally attest to the truth of Mayor Basran’s recent YouTube message: Kelowna is still open for business and a great place to visit! Now that our Okanagan office is (already!) six months old, we thought it high time for the Vancouver gang to take a field trip to check out the new digs.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 11 readers -
  • Seasonal Worker Series (Part 2): Young Employees

    By Geoff Mason. Last month, we launched my 5-part blog series on summer employment with a focus on the pros and cons of using fixed term contracts for seasonal workers. In today’s post (Part 2), I turn to the topic of young employees (defined as age 14 and under) and offer some employment law reminders to employers hiring from this demographic for the season.

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  • Employer Forum Recap: Dismissal Done Right (May 2017)

    Introduced in 2016, Kent Employment Law’s quarterly Employer Forums are an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Our most recent Forum, hosted as always by lawyer Trevor Thomas, took place on May 30. The topic this time was a particularly challenging one: how to end the employment relationship.

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  • David Brown to Speak at CPA Okanagan (June 2017)

    Uncovering Hidden Risk in HR June 14th, 2017 at 8:00am For many small businesses, HR risk is like an iceberg – only 10% of it is visible to the untrained eye. Unfortunately, however, ignorance of the law is not a defence, which is why it is so important that small businesses and their advisors are trained to see the liabilities associated with employment law floating just under the surface.

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  • How to handle age discrimination at work: AdvocateDaily.com

    Individuals are entitled to protection against discrimination because of their age, but it is important to consult a lawyer quickly if legal action is required, KEL lawyer Richard Johnson writes in Inspired Senior Living. In the article, Johnson says the protection against ageism applies to shopping, obtaining services, renting an apartment and thro ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 8 readers -
  • Aspect Structural Engineers: Building Employee Trust and Respect

    When Gina Sheppard, Partner at Aspect Structural Engineers, told us that her firm had recently introduced policies allowing employees to take unlimited vacation and set their own work hours, we were intrigued. As a B Corp and strong proponents of sustainable employment – workplace practices built on transparency, collaboration, respect and fairness – we are always on the lookou ...

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 12 readers -
  • Kelowna Employer Forum: Recruitment and Retention (May 2016)

    Kent Employment Law (KEL)’s Kelowna office invites you to be a part of its ongoing Employer Forums, our resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Created for employers striving to “do good” for their employees, their communities, and the world, our Forums offer an opportunity to connect and learn from each other in a casual, relaxed setting.

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 11 readers -
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