British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

Workplace Investigations — Part 2
By Donovan Plomp on December 21st, 2012

In an earlier post, we discussed when employers may wish to conduct workplace investigations. In this post we’ll discuss who should conduct the investigation. Being lawyers, we usually have a quick answer to this: legal counsel. We recognize, however, that clients don’t have unlimited funds. So practically speaking, each situation will have to be assessed …

Trends in Human Rights
By Christopher McHardy on December 18th, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to present a paper summarizing significant human rights decisions of 2012 at the annual BC Continuing Legal Education conference on human rights law. The conference was very well organized and featured a number of excellent topics and speakers. In considering the case summaries I reviewed at the conference, I have …

Workplace Investigations — Part 1
By Donovan Plomp on December 14th, 2012

With the complexity of workplace law and issues, employers are subject to an increasing number of workplace obligations. When a workplace incident arises it’s often required, or at least advisable, that an employer conduct a prompt and thorough investigation. In this and subsequent posts, we will review some key legal issues that arise in conducting …

Mental Illness at Work — New Diagnoses May Affect Employers
By Earl Phillips on December 11th, 2012

A recent piece in the Vancouver Sun highlights some concerns with new mental illness diagnoses that likely are coming to your workplace. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is being revised. When DSM V comes out next May we will see new mental disorders and broadened definitions of existing disorders. It’s important because the DSM is basically the …