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In March, 2020, concerns began to mount over covid-19. We heard that certain group gatherings resulted in outbreaks of the virus. Some of these events involved health care professionals.  An Alberta outbreak was traced to an Edmonton curling bonspiel. More than...

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British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) has been amended in response to concerns regarding covid-19.  The amendments are now in effect. They include two new job protected unpaid leaves of absence: a covid-19 related leave; and an unpaid illness or injury leave. BC’s...

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As International Women’s Day approaches, what better time to introduce legislative amendments to assist employees impacted by “domestic or sexual violence.” For simplicity, I will refer to this as domestic abuse.  If implemented, the amendments will also apply to employees...

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Sometimes tensions rise in the workplace and someone storms out the door in the heat of the moment. Other times, an employee repeatedly fails to show up for work, without providing an explanation. Or, an employer makes the workplace so intolerable for...

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In legal proceedings, sometimes it is necessary for the judge to be educated on advanced scientific issues. In such cases, expert evidence is sought. Although courts have always decided whether an expert’s evidence is admissible, Canadian courts are increasingly scrutinizing proposed...

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“Driver in Humboldt crash wasn't distracted at time of collision with bus, document says” read the headline. It reminds me of a joke my mother, a Saskatchewan resident, tells:   “A small car and a semi collided. The driver of the semi...

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A noticeable number of people have met their soul mate at work. Some may say there can never be enough love in this world. Becoming romantically involved with someone you work with is not illegal. However, some workplace relationships are inherently problematic. This...

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A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision illustrates the risks that can be involved in fixed term employment contracts. It also illustrates the value in obtaining legal advice before signing an employment contract. The case involved Mr. Quach.  He landed...

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Imagine that you have a very good case against a large player. Maybe your case is against the government for something terrible it did. Maybe it is against a large corporation for wrongful dismissal or some other wrong. Maybe it...

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