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Dispute Resolution

The Labour Relations Code provides various mechanisms for a cooperative, expeditious and final settlement of workplace disputes, without work stoppages and with as little impact as possible on the public and those not involved in the dispute.

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Employer Health Tax – what is it and how much will your business pay?

On January 1, 2019, the Employer Health Tax (EHT) was implemented in BC. The EHT is a payroll tax, calculated on employment income, including bonuses, commissions, tips paid through employers, employer RRSP contributions and many taxable benefits. Employers whose total annual payroll in BC is $500,000 or less need not pay EHT, and rates for… Continue reading Employer Health Tax – what is it and how much will your business pay?

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Human Rights Tribunal and Complaint Process

Human Rights Tribunal and Complaint Process All complaints are filed directly with the Human Rights Tribunal. The BC Human Rights Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body, responsible for accepting, screening, mediating and adjudicating human rights complaints. The complaint process provides many opportunities to settle the dispute, including mediation, early intervention by tribunal staff and a… Continue reading Human Rights Tribunal and Complaint Process

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Key Issues of the Employment Standards Act

What follows is a brief review of your obligations under the Employment Standards Act on the key issues of overtime, uniforms, tips, dine-and-dash, cash shortages, vacations, split shifts, call-in, statutory holidays and breaks.

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Trial by Fire

Recent Fires highlight importance of EFAP, preparedness. In recent years forest fires have devastated the country, especially in British Columbia. These emergencies highlight the importance of preparedness and effective administration of employee and family assistance programs (EFAP) to affected employees. Bob Veder and Noi Quao wrote this article originally in 2017 in response to the… Continue reading Trial by Fire

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Employees’ Religious Needs: Accommodate Them or Face Costly Consequences

In many cases, the BC Human Rights Tribunal has awarded individual employees thousands of dollars in lost pay and damages when an employer did not accommodate their religious (not spiritual) needs. Know your legal obligations.

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Video Surveillance at Work

The use of video cameras in the workplace is on the rise. There may be many reasons an employer is interested in installing cameras in the workplace, such as monitoring employee misconduct, protecting company property, and ensuring employee safety. Whatever the reason for installing cameras, employers must ensure that they comply with privacy laws.

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What’s Involved in HR Legal Issues?

Savvy employers make it their business to ensure their management team is current and knowledgeable about all employment-related laws that affect their business, thus preventing costly and time-consuming complaints and investigations.

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Social Media Policies in the Workplace: Tips

The various Canadian decisions and recent events demonstrate the need for both employees and employers to understand how social networking fits into traditional employment and labour concepts. Social media policies need to be integrated into companies’ existing policies on protection of privacy and confidential information, workplace safety, conduct in the workplace and discipline.

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Social Media Policies in the Workplace: Case Studies

The use of social media in the workplace has exploded in recent years and employers are struggling to keep up. With easier accessibility to the internet, the popularity of smart phones and the introduction of new social media outlets, it is not surprising.