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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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Cancellation of Wimbledon Tennis triggers a $141 Million Pandemic Coverage Insurance Claim

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By Scott Chambers Media outlets throughout the world are reporting on a pricy annual premium that Wimbledon added to its commercial insurance policy every year for the last 17 years. Apparently, Wimbledon paid upwards of $2,000,000 per year for pandemic insurance, something that most would have, prior to March 2020, viewed as an extremely remote…

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ALL the COVID-19 Federal and Provincial Benefits & Resources for Individuals in Canada and British Columbia

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Federal Resources & Benefit Programs for Individuals: Employment Insurance Benefits if you’re temporarily laid off: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/apply.html Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you’re ineligible for Employment Insurance: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits if you’re ill: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html Increased Canada Child Benefit if you have children: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-apply.html Indigenous Community Support Fund: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1585189335380/1585189357198 Mortgage Deferral Options for Homeowners: https://cba.ca/mortgage-deferral-to-help-canadians-experiencing-financial-hardship-due-to-covid-19…

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Giving Money to Family and Friends during the Pandemic – What you Need to Know

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The global pandemic we are currently facing has put tremendous pressure on everyone, and caused serious financial strain for many. During times like these many people are considering how they can financially help their loved ones get through the loss of a job, the temporary closure of a business, or changes to financing with respect…

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Doak Shirreff: COVID-19 and Employment Law

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The recent worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses everywhere. Whether it is mandatory or recommended closures, limited hours, skeleton staffing or temporary or indefinite layoffs - everyone is, or will be, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The various rights and obligations of employers and employees alike remain in full force and are not deferred from…

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