COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates in BC Workplaces

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COVID-19 vaccination policies in BC workplaces are giving rise to a number of provincial legal implications and public policy considerations that should be carefully considered by all employers as they deliberate on whether to implement a workplace policy concerning COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. It is this writer’s position that employers can implement such a…

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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?

TagsEmployment and HR Law for the COVID-19 Pandemic, Employment Law

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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