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Temporary Foreign Workers: Navigating the Legal Landscape

April 17, 2017 | Paul E. Brace, Victoria de Luna

For employers looking to fulfill their personnel needs, foreign workers can be a valuable resource. However, navigating the requirements associated with hiring and managing foreign workers can be difficult. This article provides a brief overview of key immigration issues that...


New Requirements for Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees, Representatives Now in Effect in BC

April 11, 2017 | Eric Ito

On April 3, 2017, amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the “Regulation”) came into effect. Employers in British Columbia with a workplace of 10 or more workers are advised to take notice of these changes since they introduce...


Alberta Employers! The Ministry of Labour Needs Your Input

April 3, 2017 | Jill W. Wilkie

Alberta’s Ministry of Labour has commenced a review of the Province’s workplace legislation, the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, and is currently seeking input from Albertans.  The April 18, 2017 deadline to provide feedback is fast approaching....


Revisiting the 2016 Changes to the BC Human Rights Code

December 22, 2016 | Nicole Byres

As 2016 draws to a close and we reflect on potential emerging issues for employers in 2017, we thought that the recent amendments to the BC Human Rights Code to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered...


Can an employee claim disability benefits for a period in which his driver’s permit has been suspended when a valid driving permit is a job requirement?

September 21, 2016 | François Garneau

This was the question in issue in Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique, SCFP local 2718 et CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal (Centre de la jeunesse et de la famille Batshaw) (Marc Desjardins et grief patronal), 2016 QCTA 307 which arose out...


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

September 19, 2016 | Elliot P. Saccucci

In the province of Ontario, 15.5% of the population has a disability. In recognition of this fact, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) become law on June 13, 2005. The definition of “disability” under the AODA is the...


Working’ 9 to 5, But Not Making a Living: The Legality of Unpaid Internships, Work Experience Programs & Trainee Programs

August 31, 2016 | Monique Petrin Nicholson

Beth Warcholak, Summer Law Student, Edmonton Many young individuals across the country participate in internships, which are utilized by employers in many industries, and which are seen by many individuals as an opportunity to gain valuable experience. An area of...


To Insure or Not to Insure: Employment Group Benefits

August 17, 2016 | Jeff N. Grubb

Employers in a unionized setting often believe that having insurance in place to cover group benefits to which employees may be entitled pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) insulates them from grievances relating to disputes over entitlement to those...


Be careful what you say…

August 15, 2016 | Kim Ozubko

The case of Feldstein v. 364 Northern Development Corporation, 2016 BCSC 108 from earlier this year is a reminder to employers to be careful what they say to current and prospective employees. Mr. Feldstein had recently been provided with working...


Smoking in the Boys’ Room: Termination Upheld for School Custodian Caught Smoking Marijuana At Work

May 2, 2016 | Dirk L. Van de Kamer

Regrettably, some employees choose to consume alcohol and/or illegal drugs while at work.  They may do so because they have an addiction or they may do so simply because they like to and don’t feel they will get caught.  When...


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