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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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Amendments to the Canada Labour Code become effective on September 1, 2019.  The Canada Labour Code applies to employers in federally regulated industries. This includes banks, telecommunications, and transportation traveling outside provincial boundaries. The amendments arise from Bill C-63, the Budget...

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Many employers assume that if work slows down, they can simply “lay off” workers temporarily until things pick up again. Some employees in this situation may wonder if they have been dismissed. Under the B.C. Employment Standards Act (ESA), a “temporary layoff”...

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When is an employer able to make deductions from a British Columbian employee’s wages?    Section 21 of the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (ESA) states that except as permitted by provincial or federal legislation,  “an employer must not, directly or...

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The British Columbia government recently tabled Bill 8, Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019.  This Bill, which has not yet become law, contains significant updates to the Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) (ESA).  It is the first of what is anticipated...

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Following the Easter long weekend, some employees may be receiving a little more cash this payday. British Columbia and Saskatchewan have more statutory holidays than the other provinces, with 10 each.  However, we honour fewer public holidays than are observed in...

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