Canadian Government Taking Special Measures for Canadians and Foreign Workers Affected By the Alberta Wildfires

Jun 09, 2016

The Canadian Government has put in place special measures to support those affected by the Wildfires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas. Among these supports are specific measures for foreign workers who have been displaced, or are now out of work due to the forest fires. The following information is intended to inform our clients on the necessary steps Continue Reading »

Archived Video: Assessing and Managing the Risk of Wrongful Dismissal

Jun 01, 2016

This presentation will discuss important topics related to the hiring and termination of employees in the non-union context, as well as recent developments in wrongful dismissal case law. In particular, this session will focus on: Best practices for drafting and implementing employment agreements The law related to notice periods, including: An overview of notice periods for both short-term and long-term Continue Reading »

Electronically-Signed Union Membership Cards Deemed Valid

May 24, 2016

In what appears to be a case of first instance in Canada, the BC Labour Relations Board has concluded that a union may utilize membership cards containing electronic signatures to demonstrate employee support in applying for certification. In Working Enterprises Consulting & Benefits Services Ltd., the BC Board was faced with an application for certification that relied on electronically-signed membership Continue Reading »

Privilege Claim Over Internal Accident Investigation Succeeds – Despite OHS Enforcer’s Order

May 20, 2016

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has concluded, in a May 9, 2016 decision, that an employer may claim legal privilege over internal accident investigation materials, shielding them from production to provincial occupational health and safety officers – – even where an order has been issued to produce them. Facts In April of 2014, a Suncor employee died following a Continue Reading »

Employers’ Advisor – April 2016

Apr 13, 2016

April Employers’ Advisor Articles:  Human Rights Protection for Ethical Veganism?  Severance and “Continuous” Employment in the Event of a Sale: BC Court of Appeal Recent Pronouncements  Managing Sick Leaves While Ensuring Continuity of Operations: From (Costly) Unilateral Decisions to Best Practices Read Employers’ Advisor