• What’s Stopping Me From Moving to Costa Rica and Not Telling My Boss?

    June 28, 2022

    Imagine you are on a nice sunny beach, feeling the warm ocean breeze on your face, and listening to the soothing sound of … an Outlook e-mail notification!?!? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become the norm for many, particularly for those in the tech sector. With Canadian travel restrictions easing and many seeking to improve their mental well-being by escaping their home offices, employees are thinking about working from abroad for short and extended periods.

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  • Bill C-27: Federal Government Introduces Legislation Overhauling Canada’s Federal Privacy Laws

    June 20, 2022

    On June 16, 2022 the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti introduced Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Implementation Act (the “Act”). Bill C-27 is an update to Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, introduced in 2020. As it currently stands, the Act proposes to enact three new pieces of federal legislation.

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  • Successorship in Contract Retendering

    June 15, 2022

    In Everclean Facility Services Ltd., 2022 BCLRB 14 (“Everclean Facility Services”), the BC Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) considered a trade union’s application for leave and reconsideration of an earlier decision regarding successorship in a situation of contract retendering.

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  • The Anti-Racism Data Act and the Changing Approach to Data Privacy

    May 17, 2022

    B.C.’s privacy legislation has typically meant that employers have avoided or limited the collection of demographic data from applicants and employees. However, the Province’s recent introduction of the Anti-Racism Data Act signals that change is coming, specifically at the intersection between privacy and human rights law. Employers in British Columbia will want to monitor this evolving approach to privacy and data management.

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  • Issue Estoppel

    May 2, 2022

    Employment litigation is rarely straightforward and employers must be prepared to deal with claims in multiple forums, including in civil court and before administrative tribunals responsible for interpreting and applying human rights, workers compensation and privacy law (to name a few).

    When faced with a volley of different but related claims, it can be tempting to focus all of your attention on the claim which represents the biggest threat.  That would be a mistake — while you should strategically allocate resources, it is crucial to keep all actual or potential claims in mind because decisions in one forum could be relied upon in another.

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  • Two Significant BC Labour Code Changes: Card Certification is Back & Open Season is Declared in the Construction Industry for Raiding Unions

    April 7, 2022

    On April 6, 2022, Bill 10 – 2022 Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022 (“Bill 10”) received first reading. Once in effect, Bill 10 will cause two significant amendments to the BC Labour Relations Code (the “Code”). First, the Code will again allow for “card based” certification, the purpose of which is to allow easier access to unionization. Second, in the construction industry, raids will become easier through the elimination of the current three year waiting period.

    The amendments are the latest in a series of changes since 2019 that have significantly altered the labour relations landscape in BC.

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  • There’s an App for That!

    April 5, 2022

    Many of us use applications (apps) in our daily lives – but what happens when an employer uses an app to manage its workforce?

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  • Is a Complainant No Longer Required to Show that Conduct was “Objectively Unwelcome” to Substantiate a Claim of Sexual Harassment?

    March 31, 2022

    In the recent decision of Ms. K. v. Deep Creek Store and another, 2021 BCHRT 158, the BC Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) declined to follow a long line of human rights case law which requires a complainant to show that conduct was “objectively unwelcome” to substantiate a claim of sexual harassment.

    This decision represents a break from the established jurisprudence and should be of interest to employers faced with a claim of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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  • New Amendments to Paid Sick Leave Under Employment Standards Act

    March 30, 2022

    Effective January 1, 2022, the BC government added employer-paid sick leave under BC’s Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). Previous RG updates have covered this topic, please see our articles on November 25, 2021, and January 26, 2022. The BC government announced on Monday, March 28, 2022, that it would introduce further amendments to the ESA paid sick leave.

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  • Campbell River Test Affirmed Once Again: It is the Test in BC When Determining Entitlement to Accommodation on the Basis of Family Status

    March 29, 2022

    In Gibraltar Mines Ltd. v. Harvey, 2022 BCSC 385, for the second time in three years, the BC courts have reaffirmed the two-part test for determining whether an employee is entitled to accommodation based on family status (caregiving obligations).

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