British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

This is our Month in Review, gathering December’s posts on our British Columbia Employer Advisor blog. Follow the links to any of these specific posts, or visit the blog at where you can sign up to get each new post as it is published. As always, your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Other December Blog Posts: Non-employment issues of interest
By Earl Phillips on December 23rd, 2013

As usual, our colleagues in other areas of practice are raising issues that may be of interest to employers in BC. Here are three from this month:

Pension Benefits Not Deductible from Wrongful Dismissal Damages  – Not like
By Earl Phillips on December 15th, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that pension benefits received by a dismissed employee are not to be deducted from an award of wrongful dismissal damages. The decision in IBM Canada v. Waterman affirms an earlier ruling of the BC Court of Appeal which we discussed here. Mr. Waterman was a long-service employee who ...

Proposed Employment Law Reform in Ontario – Bill 146 Worth Watching
By Earl Phillips on December 10th, 2013

The Ontario government has introduced a bill to make significant changes to employment law in that province. Every BC employer with employees in Ontario should follow the course of these proposed changes. As our colleagues in Ontario note, the Bill may not become law under the current government, but the proposals are wide-ranging and follow ...

BC Refines its Criminal Record Checks Regime – Employers' Rights Preserved
By Ryley Mennie on December 5th, 2013

The Province has made it possible for employees and volunteers to rely on a single criminal record check for a five year period with multiple employers, yet an employer’s right to require a criminal record check in every case is preserved. The Province has made some important amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act  ...