Top 5 Tips for Employee Investigations

By Andrew Schafer Employee investigations can have important and far-reaching positive or negative implications for employers, depending on how they are carried out. A properly conducted workplace investigation can shield employers from legal liability and also boost employee morale by...

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The Challenge (and Top Tips) of Workplace Investigations

 By Melanie Vipond, CPHR In your your day-to-day role as an HR professional, you realize that most workplace conflicts can be resolved informally. Unfortunately, as you also know, there are those conflicts that benefit from a more formal approach. Certain conflicts...

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Workations: A Path Towards Sustainable Employment?

By Erin Brandt Workations as a concept are nothing new. Employees, executives and business owners brought paperwork with them on holiday and maintained remote contact with the office long before we entered the Digital Age. Even the term itself has...

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Fixed-Term Employment: Manage the Risks and Respect Your Employees

By Erin Brandt Some employment contracts specify an end date, some don’t. Why do employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there any difference? Ideally, an employer and employee enter into a new working relationship...

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Dealing Successfully with the Self-Represented Litigant: Employer has Civil Claim of Former Employee Dismissed in its Entirety

By James D. Kondopulos and Andrew Eyer In a recent B.C. Supreme Court case, Hall v. Trueblue (c.o.b. Labour Ready), B.C.J. No. 2212 (S.C.), a self-represented litigant named Tammy Kay Hall filed a brief notice of civil claim against...

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Who Owns a Company’s Intellectual Property?

By Donya Vahidi All businesses and employers should be aware of certain intellectual property ownership rules which may impact their rights when it comes to intellectual property developed by their employees under the course of employment. Of Patents and Copyrights While intellectual...

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A Tale of Two Policies: The Importance of Clarity and Communication

By Jennifer Wiegele Most employers understand the need for policies in the effective management and regulation of the workplace. However, it is not uncommon to see errors in drafting, introducing and administering such policies which can render them effectively useless. The...

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Human Rights Tribunal: Complaints by Cisgendered Men Alleging Discrimination On Grounds of Gender Identity or Expression Dismissed

By James D. Kondopulo The B.C. Human Rights Code was amended in mid-2016 to include “gender identity or expression” as protected grounds.  As of the date this article was written, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has not interpreted or applied...

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