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  • July 22, 2021
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Transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Prevention in the Workplace

On July 1st, 2021, B.C. progressed to Step 3 of the Province’s Restart Plan.  Employers are no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan pursuant to WorkSafeBC requirements. Instead, employers can transition to developing a Communicable Disease Plan (CDP)…

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  • May 12, 2021
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Sickness Benefits Available to BC Employees

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, federal and provincial sickness benefits have been put in the spotlight. This article reviews the availability of various sickness benefits for employees in British Columbia, including eligibility and the obligations of both employees and employers…

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  • March 8, 2021
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COVID and Discipline in the Workplace

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finally beginning to receive guidance from the courts and other decision makers with respect to disciplinary responses by employers to employees’ failure to take reasonable COVID safety precautions…

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  • February 23, 2021
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Can Employers Mandate Employees to Be Vaccinated?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the modern world with extraordinary issues, from government-enforced shutdowns, to mass layoffs, to border closures, and more. The promise of an effective vaccine is fueling optimism but it is also giving rise to new…

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  • October 14, 2020
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SCC Update – Payment of Incentive Bonuses During the Notice Period

On Friday, October 9, 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.[1]  This decision was highly anticipated for its commentary on long-term incentive plan entitlements.Case SummaryThe appellant, David Matthews (“Matthews”) was employed…

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  • October 8, 2020
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Refusing Unsafe Work in the COVID Era (British Columbia)

Employees have a right to refuse unsafe work, but can an employee refuse to work based on a risk of possible exposure to COVID-19? This article provides a general overview of the grounds for and process of refusing unsafe work…

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  • August 11, 2020
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COVID-19 Emergency Layoff Variance

The BC Employment Standards Act restricts the circumstances when an employer can lawfully proceed with temporary layoffs, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only permitted eligible employers to temporarily lay-off employees for up to 13 weeks in a period of…

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  • July 7, 2020
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July 2020 COVID-19 Update

UpdatesAs we move further into Phase 3 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan there have been some important changes in the COVID-19 labour and employment law landscape.Employment Standards ActThe government of British Columbia has extended the temporary lay-off provisions under the…

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