BC Workplace Blog

Authored By Michelle Quinn & Colleagues

Looming Legalization of Recreational Marijuana – Smokin’ Up a Storm for Employers

The Federal Government announced that it would legalize recreational marijuana on October 17, 2018. How will this legalization impact the workplace and, more importantly, are Canadian employers equipped for this change?

Long Overdue – New 18 Month Parental Leave Has Arrived

The Trudeau government made good on its promise to extend parental leave from 12 to 18 months. Initially, this promise only applied to workers in federally regulated workplaces. However, on April 6, 2018, the BC Government introduced Bill 6, Employment Standards Amendment Act 2018 which will amend the BC Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). Some of the proposed changes relate to maternity and parental leave. On May 17, 2018, Bill 6 came into force by Royal Assent. My colleague, Nicole Mangan, and I sum up these key legislative changes.

What’s So Wrong About Wrongful Dismissal?

Unfortunately, quite often terminated employees mistakenly believe that because their employer has offered them the minimum amount of severance pay (notice) under the BC Employment Standards Act that their legal entitlement ends there. Typically, that is not the case. In this post, we look at what it means to be wrongfully dismissed and whether a terminated employee is entitled to reasonable notice.

Mr. Independent Found to be Dependent – Court Awards 12 Months’ Severance Pay to Dependent Contractor

Employee or independent contractor: which one are you? You might even be a dependent contractor. This intermediate category of "dependent contractor" has emerged over the last few years. Unlike an independent contractor, a dependent contractor must be provided with reasonable notice of termination of the contractor relationship. To determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor, the CRA and the Courts look at the substance of the relationship as a whole, which is exactly what the BC Supreme Court did in the case of Glimhagen v. GWR Resources Inc., 2017 BCSC 761

Don’t You Want Me? B.C. Supreme Court Awards Severance To An Employee After An Employer Retracts Offer of Employment

Employers Beware - if you are contemplating retracting an offer of employment from a potential candidate you might want to think again in light of the recent B.C. court decision of Buchanan v. Introjunction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1002. In this case, the B.C. Supreme Court found that the plaintiff employee was wrongfully dismissed when his employment was terminated shortly after his contract of employment with the defendant employer was executed but before he actually started work. The Court awarded him 6 weeks’ severance pay.