No Vaccine, No Job, No E.I. Benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic may no longer be front of mind for many of us (we’re now focused on unidentified flying objects getting shot down over our territory), but the courts continue to churn through the multitude of...

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Turnabout Is Fair Play

Employers and employment lawyers come to learn, pretty quickly, that the world of employment law involves lots of decisions awarding money to employees.  It almost never involves employees being ordered to pay money...

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It’s Payday… We Hope You Like Boots!

Come and listen and I’ll tell you ‘bout a thing called pay, it’s gotta be in dollars, there ain’t no other way....

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Resignation and Dismissal – Similar But Not The Same

It is a frequent occurrence in my practice that disputes arise over whether an employee has resigned from employment or has been dismissed.  “You quit!  No, you fired me!” is the employment equivale...

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Seasonal Parties and Alcohol Impairment – A Risky Mix

It’s been a while since I wrote on the topic of the heightened risk of injuries resulting from alcohol consumption at work-related events.  ‘Tis the season, and so I’m back to spoil the party, aga...

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Revisiting Mandatory Vaccination Policies

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control...

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Controlling Controlled Substances in the Workplace

In May of this year, our federal government passed an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to permit adults in B.C. to legally possess – for personal use - small amounts of certain control...

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Working From Home – Avoiding the “Family Status” Discrimination Trap

Last time, I wrote about policy and procedure issues arising from the pandemic-driven “working from home” employment scenario. I thought I would take the topic a little further and let you in on a development about which I’ve rec...

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