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Impaired Driving and Employment

Drinking and Driving May NOT be Cause for Dismissal

Previous court decisions have confirmed that an employee’s conduct outside of work may form the basis for the termination of their employment. However, not all misconduct outside of work will constitute just cause, as confirmed in the recent British Columbia Supreme Court case of Klonteig v. District of West Kelowna, 2018 BCSC 124.
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Ontario Going Retro on Statutory Holiday Pay

As readers will know, the Government of Ontario introduced a plethora of changes to its…

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World Day Safety and Health at Work

How To Help Keep Young Workers Safe In The Workplace

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is the safety and health of young workers, and the end of child labour. As spring approaches, many Canadian teens and young adults are searching for summer or part-time jobs. Such jobs help our youth gain the skills, experience, and independence they need to transition into adulthood. But these workers - ages 15 to 24 - are more vulnerable than adults to the occupational health and safety risks that result in injury, illness, and even death.
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When is a release effective to bar a safety-related complaint?

What happens when an employee who has raised health and safety concerns against its employer executes a release upon his or her termination? Can that employee still pursue a complaint against the employer?
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Can A Release Bar An Employee’s Human Rights Complaint?

The question is whether an employer can protect itself from human rights complaints by having the dismissed employee sign a release?
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Is an employee on leave entitled to his or her pre-leave job when they return to work?

Employers are often challenged with return-to-work cases. It can be difficult for employers to balance…

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Work From Home Agreement

Looking To Revoke An Employee’s Work From Home Agreement?

These 5 Tips Will Help You Avoid A Constructive Dismissal Claim As technology advances, many…

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Employers Must Ask Questions First

Inquire Before You Fire

Employer ordered to pay aggravated damages for refusing to listen employee’s side of the story…

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Every Employer Should Use Non-Solicitation Covenants – Here’s Why

Because non-competition clauses are typically not enforceable, the best way to protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build is to have your employees execute a carefully drafted non-solicitation covenant.
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The Saga Continues: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs in on Termination Clauses in Holm v AGAT Laboratories Ltd.

Employment lawyers spend quite a bit of time with their corporate clients preparing and implementing…

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How NOT to work with your employment lawyer

Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet it is often frustrating to discover that our clients inadvertently undermine our ability to do so. In this blog post, we lay out some tips and tricks on how (not) to work with your employment lawyer.
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Allegations are not fact: Employers fail to investigate at their own peril

The #metoo movement should not change employers’ response to allegations of harassment: investigate before penalizing.
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