Eric Ito

Sociétaire | Vancouver

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Independent Contractors Take Another Step Closer to Employees

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal has brought the worlds of independent contractors and employees closer together. In Mohamed v. Information Systems Architects Inc., the defendant Information Systems Architects Inc. (“ISA”) hired Mr. Mohamed as an independent...

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Cannabis in the Workplace: What to Expect and What not to Expect from WorkSafeBC

The impact of drug and alcohol impairment on workplace safety is obvious and frequently tragic. With the wave of legislative change governing non-medical cannabis use taking place this year, can employers in BC also expect occupational health and safety (OHS)...

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

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...

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The Right to Be Wrong: Supreme Court of Canada Lowers the Causation Bar on Occupational Disease and Injury

On June 24, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada provided considerable latitude to decision makers regarding occupational disease and injury in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal) v. Fraser Health Authority (“Fraser Health”). Fraser Health concerned three technicians at a...

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Oral Contracts, Fixed Term Contracts, and a Winter in Mexico: Key Lessons for Employers

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has provided one employer with a useful reminder on employment contracts and sheds light on what it means to mitigate damages in the digital age. In James v. The Hollypark...

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Benefits and Employer Liability: Administrating and Advising Benefit Plans

Miller Thomson Seminar: Employee Benefits Administration

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Additional WorkSafeBC Powers and Employer Obligations Come into Effect

Increased powers granted by the BC Government to WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ compensation insurer, are now in effect. Along with these changes, employers are now under additional obligations with respect to workplace incident investigation and reporting. These changes come by...

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Investigations in the Workplace

Workplace investigations are inevitable for most organizations and employers face significant pressure to conduct them properly.  A flawed investigation, besides compromising the information a decision-maker will need, invites a range of risks.  From a legal perspective, the courts scrutinize the...

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