Category: Raising the Bar

Workations: A Path Towards Sustainable Employment?

Workations as a concept are nothing new. Employees, executives and business owners brought paperwork with them on holiday and maintained remote contact with the office long before we entered the Digital Age. Even the term itself has gone mainstream, as evidenced by its inclusion in the online Urban Dictionary and articles in The Globe and Mail.

Fixed-Term Employment: Manage the Risks and Respect Your Employees

Some employment contracts specify an end date, some don’t. Why do employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there any difference?

Dealing Successfully with the Self-Represented Litigant: Employer has Civil Claim of Former Employee Dismissed in its Entirety

In a recent B.C. Supreme Court case, a self-represented litigant named Tammy Kay Hall filed a brief notice of civil claim against her former employer alleging she had been “wrongfully terminated due to disability and no notice provided”.

Who Owns a Company’s Intellectual Property?

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.

A Tale of Two Policies: The Importance of Clarity and Communication

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.

Human Rights Tribunal: Complaints by Cisgendered Men Alleging Discrimination On Grounds of Gender Identity or Expression Dismissed

Two recent decisions of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) shed light on what is protected as gender identity and expression and give employers in British Columbia an idea of what to expect from the recent amendment to the B.C. Code.

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

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 – especially if the dishonesty involves theft or is premeditated, intentional and sustained or repeated over a period of time.

Human Rights Tribunal: A Schrenk Explainer

In March 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in a case that raises very important issues as to who is entitled to protections against harassment and discrimination in the workplace and in what workplace settings and employment-related relationships.