British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

Where Are We With Alcohol and Drug Testing? – Time to review policy and procedure
By Earl Phillips on June 25th, 2013

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision about random alcohol testing has received a lot of attention, for good reason. Now seems to be a good time to review where we are and what employers must do if they want to have an effective drug and alcohol policy. As noted in earlier commentary on the …

Random Alcohol Testing – Supreme Court weighs in
By Earl Phillips on June 21st, 2013

Random alcohol testing was not approved by the Supreme Court of Canada, but there is still room for further debate and developments. For details, you can read the commentary from two of our colleagues in Ontario: Employer’s Random Alcohol Testing Policy Unreasonable Invasion of Employees’ Rights to Privacy ...

Invasion of Privacy in BC – Contrast with Ontario Law
By Donovan Plomp on June 19th, 2013

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has decided there is no common law tort of invasion of privacy in BC. This is in contrast to an earlier decision in Ontario that we wrote about here. You can read more about the BC decision in this post on our snIP/ITs blog: BC vs Ontario: BC Supreme Court …

McCarthy Tétrault is Contributor Most Read in Canada on Mondaq in May 2013
By McCarthy Tétrault LLP on June 11th, 2013

British Columbia Employer Advisor is pleased to share that during the month of May 2013, McCarthy Tétrault’s blog posts and articles generated the most readership from users of Mondaq for Canada. Mondaq is an aggregator of legal, financial and regulatory information from more than 80 countries. It publishes and distributes content on its site, via its …

Duty to Mitigate is Alive and Well – Plaintiff should have pursued job opportunity
By Earl Phillips on June 6th, 2013

There was a job opportunity for the terminated employee. He didn’t pursue it and he didn’t provide a reasonable excuse. His claim for wrongful dismissal damages was denied. Rod Koenig had been hired by Brandt Tractor in 1987 and was terminated 22 years later. He was given 9.5 months of working notice in January 2009, finished work …