• 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 ...

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  • Employer Forum Recap: Disability and Workplace Accommodation (May 2017)

    As part of its commitment to supporting employers in their efforts to create healthy, thriving workplaces, Kent Employment Law introduced its Employer Forum series, an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Offered in both Vancouver and Kelowna, these breakfast events are an opportunity for employers to learn from the experts and connect wi ...

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  • B Corp: Celebrating Recertification

    By Wendy Woloshyn. In 2015, we became the first B Corp law firm in Canada – and were more than just a little proud! It’s now 2017, and what a (positive) difference two years makes. 2017 Recertification and Audit To remain a B Corp, an organization must “recertify” biennially, so our turn was up earlier this year.

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  • The ESB: A Force to Be Reckoned With

    By Fiona Anderson. Employers take note: The BC Employment Standards Branch (the ESB) can land a hefty punch against employers who are found not to be complying with the Employment Standards Act (the ESA). Many smaller employers are not one-hundred per cent sure of their obligations under the ESA, often assuming that if they are fair, there’s no problem.

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  • Vancouver Startup 2017 Recap: Erin and Heidi Engage with Entrepreneurs

    By Wendy Woloshyn. Last month, and for the fourth year in a row, Erin Brandt was fortunate enough to connect with local business owners during Vancouver’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship, Vancouver Startup Week. This year Erin and co-presenter Heidi Eaves, Principal at Project House, spoke to a packed room at The Profile filled primarily with representatives from new ...

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  • Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 2 (Employers)

    Earlier this month, I blogged about certain implied contractual terms that govern employees’ conduct. (You’ll remember that an implied term is one that is not written down anywhere or explicitly agreed to by employer and employee, but still has the same legal force as does an express term.) In today’s post, I continue my focus on implied terms, and review four key implied dut ...

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  • Implied Terms in Employment Contracts: Part 1

    By Geoff Mason. Employment contracts come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in terms of detail, style and substance. There’s one thing they all have in common, however. Every employment agreement is FULL of implied terms. An “implied term” is best understood when compared with an “express term”, which is a contractual term that two parties explicitly agree to, either orally or in writing.

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  • Japanese Vending Machines: The High Cost of Low-Skilled Labour

    Contributor, Geoff Mason. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ve probably noticed the bevy of vending machines. They’re everywhere. In fact, there are approximately 23 vending machines for every person in Japan. For a population of 127 million people, that’s, well…a lot of vending machines. Source: Okinawa Travel Guide Why, you may ask? There’s more than one explanation for ...

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  • Human Rights in BC: Should We Follow Ontario’s Example?

    By Erin Brandt. The purposes of our provincial Human Rights Code are to: Foster a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia. Promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Prevent discrimination prohibited by the Code.

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