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Reasonable notice period capped at 24 months absent special circumstances

In a recent ruling the Supreme Court of British Columbia has reaffirmed that notice periods for wrongful dismissal in BC are capped at an upper limit of 24 months, absent special circumstances. In Okano v Cathay Pacific Airway Limited, 2022...

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BC introduces single-step union certification

Bill 10, titled the Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on June 2, 2022. The Bill was sponsored by The Honourable Harry Bains, the Minister of Labour, and introduces a number of changes to the Labour Relations...

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4 key areas your remote work policy should cover

As we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing more businesses adopt a hybrid model workplace with some employees returning to the office and others continuing to work from home. With this new model likely to become the norm...

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Episode 7: Same workforce, different workplaces – Key considerations for adapting to remote work realities

In this episode, we discuss the new realities for employers in the post-pandemic workplace, including addressing health and safety issues for remote workers.

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Paid COVID-19 vaccination leave in place for B.C.

On April 27, the BC government’s amendments to the Employment Standards Act were passed providing employees with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their vaccine. The amendments are retroactive to April 19, 2021. Pursuant...

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BC introduces COVID-19 vaccine paid leave

As discussed in a previous communique, the BC Government amended the Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, to create an unpaid leave for employees who require leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to assist a dependant who is being vaccinated...

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Workplace closures and a new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant in BC

In a recent joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have advised that a new provincial health officer Expedited Workplace Closure Order is in place. Effective April 12, if an investigation determines...

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