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New Employer Health Tax Comes Into Force

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
British Columbia’s new Employer Health Tax came into force on January 1, 2019.

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Weed at Work: What Are Your Rights?

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Consumption of recreational cannabis will be legal as of October 17th. While some Canadians are rejoicing, many businesses are understandably nervous.

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Colin Edstrom Presenting “Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims”

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Firm News
Pushor Mitchell lawyer Colin Edstrom will be giving a presentation on “Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims.”

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Summary of Recent Changes to Workplace Laws in BC

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
British Columbia has had a new provincial government since July 2017. Over the past 10 months, the John Horgan government has revised or sought to revise various workplace laws.

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Minimum Wage to Increase by 34% over Four Years

By Colin Edstrom
Premier John Horgan recently announced that the minimum wage rate in British Columbia will rise to $15 per hour by 2021

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SCC Confirms that Human Rights Code Applies to Employees Who Do Not Share the Same Employer

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment.

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Pushor Mitchell lawyers Colin Edstrom and Patrick Bobyn presenting “Non-Profits and the Law” for the Canadian Society of Executives

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Firm News
Colin Edstrom and Patrick Bobyn will be giving a presentation on "Non-Profits and the Law" for the Canadian Society of Association Executives on November 16, 2017.

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Think Twice when Dismissing an Employee Prior to the First Day of Work

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Most employers are aware of the obligation to provide an employee with notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice.

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“I Quit!” Does Not Always Mean “I Quit”

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Employees who voluntarily resign from their employment cannot successfully sue their employers for wrongful dismissal.

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British Columbia to Reinstate Human Rights Commission

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog
The provincial government recently announced plans to reinstate the British Columbia Human Rights Commission following a 15 year hiatus.

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Defamation and Reference Checks

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Reference checks can put former employers in an awkward position. Employers want to tell the truth but may be concerned about the potential legal consequences of providing a bad reference.

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Court of Appeal Provides Clarity on Aggravated Damages Flowing from Wrongful Dismissal

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
A recent case from our Court of Appeal articulates the standard required to establish an entitlement to aggravated damages resulting from a wrongful dismissal.

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Withholding a $300,000 Bonus not a Constructive Dismissal

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog
A recent case out of Ontario illustrates that not all refusals to pay an employee’s compensation amount to a constructive dismissal, even if the amount owing is over $300,000.

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Alberta to Overhaul Workplace Rules for First Time in Almost 30 Years

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
The Alberta government recently introduced a bill to modernize Alberta’s workplace laws entitled the Fair Family-Friendly Workplaces Act.

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Provincial Government Bans Mandatory High Heels in Workplaces

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
The provincial government recently amended the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to ban the practice of requiring employees to wear high heels in the workplace.

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