Statutory Rights Separate From Those in Employment Agreement
Employees are protected by two distinct sorts of rights. The first set is created under employment standards and other legislation (“statutory rights”). Some of the most basic employee entitlements are found in the BC Employment Standards Act (the ESA)
Employee Fiduciary Obligations
A 2013 decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal has confirmed that where an employer gives an employee the responsibility for handling the employer’s money, that employee has fiduciary obligations with respect to those funds. This means that where the employer makes reasonable attempts to calculate the amount of money that went missing, it is up to the employee to prove that the amount is less.
Section 37 of the Employment Standards Act allows employees and employers to agree on work schedules that are irregular and that would otherwise attract overtime. As a tourism employer, you might find that averaging agreements provide a degree of flexibility and related cost savings.
Supreme Court of Canada Sets Limits on Employer’s Duty to Accommodate
There is a limit to an employer’s duty to accommodate its disabled employees, the Supreme Court effectively confirmed in Hydro Québec v. Syndicat des employé-e-s de techniques professionnelles et de bureau d’Hydro-Québec, section locale 2000 (SCFP-FTQ), 2008 SCC 43.
Paydays, Payroll Records and Deductions
The Employment Standards Act sets out your obligations with respect to paying your employees and maintaining payroll records. One common area of confusion and dispute concerns an employer’s ability to make deductions from wages. To employees, payday is an important event, and it’s something you should get right – every time.
RV and Campground Hosts: Volunteer or Employee?
Public and private RV park and campground operators often rely on the assistance provided by volunteers as an affordable means of providing better service to campers. Such volunteer positions are sometimes referred to as “Hosts”.
A Key Driver of Employee Engagement
Career development is consistently cited by employees as critical to their satisfaction with an organization, and a key reason why they may change jobs. In fact, Hay Group data on the predictors of employee retention indicate it is the most important aspect of a company’s reward program as far as talent retention is concerned. Yet it is an area where many employers do an incredibly poor job.
Dealing Effectively with Under-Performance
No matter how effective you are in the hiring process, there will inevitably be occasions when employee performance issues arise. One of the biggest mistakes employers make is waiting until performance-review time to deal with concerns.
The Human Rights Code Made Simple
Because the Human Rights Code (HRC) applies to most employers in BC workplaces, you should know your rights and responsibilities — as well as those of your employees.
Corporate Volunteering Leads to Engaged Employees
Many companies have employee volunteer programs, but for many companies in Europe, Canada and the US these programs are underfunded, underdeveloped and underutilized. This article is meant to offer a compelling reason why your business needs to invest (a bit more) in employee volunteering.