British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

Grievor’s Name to be PublishedPrivacy law does not prohibit disclosure
By Donovan Plomp on July 31st, 2013

A BC arbitrator recently held that a grievor is not entitled to have her name withheld from publication in an arbitration decision involving her termination. In Husband Food Ventures Ltd. (d.b.a. I.G.A. Store No. 11) and UFCW, Local 1518, the Union argued that British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act prohibited the publication of the …

Bullying and Harassment Policy – November 1 effective date
By Earl Phillips on July 23rd, 2013

Employers in British Columbia should be thinking about how to meet WorkSafeBC policies on workplace bullying and harassment that take effect November 1, 2013. (See our previous posts on policy and the new legislation.) WorkSafeBC has promised new guidelines and a toolkit to help employers comply, but there are some things to start thinking about. The policies ...

McCarthy Tétrault is named Contributor Most Read in Canada for second consecutive month
By McCarthy Tétrault LLP on July 12th, 2013

BC Employer Advisor is pleased to share that for June 2013, McCarthy Tétrault’s blog posts and articles generated the most readership from users of Mondaq for Canada. This is the firm’s second month in a row to be recognized with the award. Mondaq is an aggregator of legal, financial and regulatory information from more than …

No Double Recovery by Employee – Employment Standards Damages Deducted from Wrongful Dismissal Damages
By Donovan Plomp on July 9th, 2013

A British Columbia employer has won a case to avoid double recovery of Employment Standards and wrongful dismissal damages. The decision in Roy v. Metasoft Systems Inc. is another piece of good news for employers to go with our recent post about the BC Human Rights Tribunal helping to discourage forum hopping. Ms. Roy was a software …

Human Rights Tribunal Takes On Forum Hopping – Does not further the purposes of the Code
By Earl Phillips on July 4th, 2013

The BC Human Rights Tribunal has breathed new life into the concept of what it means to further the purposes of the Human Rights Code with the result that employers have some hope in stopping forum hopping and serial litigation. Mahdi v. Hertz Canada Limited could prove to be one of the Tribunal’s most important dismissal decisions yet. Mr. Mahdi is …