General Duty of Honesty Only Extends So Far

By Graeme McFarlane In a resounding decision from the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court rejected the lower court’s decision that had greatly expanded an employer’s obligations to its employees. The lower court had declared that employers were now subject...

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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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Dishonesty Is Not The Best Policy: Employees Have Obligation To Always Be Honest With Their Employer

By James D. Kondopulos Dishonesty on the part of an employee casts a dark shadow on the relationship with his or her employer and, depending always on the context, throws into serious question the ongoing viability of that relationship –...

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Welcome to The 2020 Workplace: Attract, Develop and Keep Top Talent

By Nicole Girouard There has never been a time where we have been so connected. Information is at our fingertips 24/7 and we can find out, learn about, talk about, critique, contribute to, and share everything in a matter of...

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Safety Trumps Belief: Of Hardship and Helmets

By Graeme McFarlane Good employers are concerned about respecting the Human Rights of their employees, and they should be. Sometimes there can be a real tension between respecting Human Rights and the safe management of the workplace. A recent case...

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Human Rights Tribunal: A Schrenk Explainer

By Janice Rubin and Megan Forward On March 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) heard arguments in British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Edward Schrenk.1 The case raises very important issues as to who is entitled to...

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