British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

Pensions: The Basics – DB versus DC
By Donovan Plomp on January 31st, 2013

Our colleague Mark Firman from our Toronto office has recently posted a couple of short pieces to help sort out the differences and pros and cons between defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans.

These are good reads for anyone thinking about setting up, reviewing or changing pension plans.
Look here to see Part I – The Basics.
Then you can look here to see the sequel – The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

Tattoo and Body Piercing Rule Unreasonable – Need to show adverse effect.
By Robb Macpherson and Meaghan McWhinnie on January 29th, 2013

An Ontario arbitrator has decided an issue of increasing concern to employers everywhere – what can be done about tattoos and body piercings? The answer: not much, without objective evidence of an adverse effect on your business. Thanks to our colleagues Meaghan McWhinnie and Robb Macpherson in our Toronto office for writing about this case …

Hacking, Extortion and Human Resources – The Need to Protect Employee Personal Information
By Earl Phillips on January 25th, 2013

It is not often that employers and HR practitioners have to worry about extortion, but the recent story about Drake International makes this a good time to remind employers of their obligations with employee personal information. Drake was the victim of a computer hacking and extortion scheme. Instead of kidnapping a person, hackers are now stealing …

Workplace Investigations – Part 3
By Donovan Plomp on January 17th, 2013

In earlier posts, here and here, we discussed some legal issues that arise in workplace investigations. In this post, we will discuss some of the privacy issues that can arise. The investigator is often asked by nervous employees whether their identity and the information they give will be kept confidential. This cannot be guaranteed. Employees being …