Does your workplace require a health and safety program? Some Q & A about the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

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WorkSafeBC is an organization established by the provincial legislation, the Workers Compensation Act, RSBC 2019, c 1 (the “WCA”), and has a mandate to oversee a no-fault insurance system for workplaces in our province. The current version of the WCA has 12 associated regulations which help define and apply the WCA. One of those regulations…

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Amendments to the BC Employment Standards Act aimed at protecting under-aged Employees

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British Columbia was the only jurisdiction in Canada to allow for children to enter the workforce at age 12, but new amendments to the Employment Standards Act that come into force on October 15, 2021 will change that and bring British Columbia in line with Canadian and International standards for employing children.  Employers who currently…

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Failure to Mitigate Damages Results in “Discounted” Severance Entitlement

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When an employee is terminated from their employment, they have a duty to mitigate their damages – meaning that the individual needs to take active and demonstrable steps to apply for and attempt to secure alternative employment. If the employee finds alternative employment in the reasonable notice period, then the amounts earned are generally discounted…

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Can an Employer Terminate an Employee Who Refuses to Wear a Mask?

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As the norms of society have shifted as a result of COVID-19, the issue of wearing a mask or not has become a contentious issue in and outside of the workplace. While preventative masking is not mandatory pursuant to government legislation, many businesses are requiring customers and employees to mask. A private business is well…

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A Careful Restart: Important Information for Employers Re-opening Business Operations

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By: Nikita Gush, Associate Lawyer at Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP Employers have a duty to protect the workplace health, safety, privacy, and human rights of their employees. As our province begins to “restart” it is important for employers to consider the responsibilities they have while they re-open and restart their business operations. As you may…

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The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (“CECRA”) Program – An Explainer

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Last week the federal government released further details on CECRA and how it would assist commercial tenants and landlords. Commercial rent is under the jurisdiction of the provinces and both the federal and provincial governments will contribute to this relief program; in B.C. the total amount available will be around $300 million with the provincial…

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Covid-19 And Commercial Leasing – What To Do If You Are The Tenant

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If your business has been affected by Covid-19 you need to consider the following. Read Your Lease You should always read your lease first, or have a lawyer assist you in reading your lease. Commercial leases are similar in that they are always favourable to a landlord and they will contain key provisions to protect…

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