Wrongful Dismissal Damages and Pension Benefits
In IBM Canada v. Waterman, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has considered the deductibility of pension benefits from wrongful dismissal damages in a decision that may also have implications for the deductibility of other types of payments.
Performance Reviews a Must for Success
Many employees and employers still cringe at the prospect of the annual or semi-annual performance review. Employees sometimes view them as a nerve-wracking process designed to point out their flaws. While employers sometimes view them as paperwork projects that can potentially create unneeded conflict.
Managing ‘At-Fault’ Absenteeism
At-fault (or “culpable”) absenteeism refers to when an employee is able to work scheduled shifts, but chooses not to. Most commonly, this is when a staff member calls in sick but is not actually ill. Frequently arriving late is also a type of at-fault absenteeism.
Drug & Alcohol Dependency and the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate
Employees concerned with their alcohol and drug use or showing signs of dependency can significantly impact the workplace and negatively impact attendance, performance, behaviour and safety. Furthermore, given that British Columbia’s human rights legislation includes drug and alcohol dependencies within the meaning of disability under the Human Rights Code, employers have a legal obligation to accommodate these disabilities within their organization.