27 March 2020

Government supports for your workplace during COVID-19

Sarah Hentschel

Government Benefits The federal government has existing programs to assist workplaces. Both the federal and provincial governments have also added a few additional programs and made amendments to current programs to streamline the application process to address the current crisis. Please see here for further details or to find applications for the benefits. This article…

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26 March 2020

Workplace “Privacy Tips” during COVID-19

Sarah Hentschel

*** UPDATE: On March 26, 2020, the B.C. Minister of Citizens’ Services signed an order under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, permitting the disclosure of health information by health care bodies and public bodies in certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Health care bodies may make disclosures for the…

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18 March 2020

Employment Obligations During the COVID-19 Crisis

Watson Goepel LLP

On March 17, 2020, the Province of British Columbia declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency”. The realities of a global pandemic could not be foreseen just a couple of months ago. Now, it is impossible to read the news or scroll through a social media feed without being overwhelmed with information about the pandemic. Among…

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8 March 2019

Employment Claims and Aggravated Damages: “Everybody hurts…sometimes” – REM

Sarah Hentschel

Although not always successful, increasingly, plaintiffs in employment cases are making claims for damages over and above notice damages.  This article provides a very brief overview of a selection of successful and unsuccessful claims, and demonstrates that there are increasingly unpredictable (sometimes very large) liabilities to employers who do not successfully and fairly conclude employment…

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27 October 2018

Employee Termination: How Much Notice is Enough?

Sarah Hentschel

When it comes to employee terminations, it’s important that employers fully understand their rights and responsibilities. Missteps in the termination process can lead to uncertainty and confusion, or worse, litigation and a big payout to the employee for wrongful termination. When it comes to termination without cause, employer exposure to liability can be protected by…

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