February 25, 2021 by Matthew Curtis in Confidentiality/Trade Secrets
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British Columbia Court of Appeal upholds significant award for loss of confidential information by former employees

In GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc. v. Chang, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld a decision awarding disgorgement of profits […]

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July 12, 2018 by Matthew Curtis in Uncategorized
  • Comments Off on Will your workplace drug policies and procedures go up in smoke? Recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Canada in October 2018

Will your workplace drug policies and procedures go up in smoke? Recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Canada in October 2018

The hype around the legalization of marijuana in Canada is becoming a reality. On June 20, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the legalization of recreational marijuana effective October 17, 2018, making Canada the first G7 country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. According to Health Canada, the use of marijuana

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October 03, 2016 by Matthew Curtis in Employment Standards, English, Ontario
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Ontario Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

Ontario employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in Ontario increased on October 1, 2016 to $11.40 per hour, up from $ $11.25 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.90 per hour and the student minimum wage is now $10.70 per hour. The Ontario minimum

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September 19, 2016 by Matthew Curtis in Constructive Dismissal, Employment Standards, English, Ontario
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Ontario Court Rules that ESA Temporary Layoff may still Result in Constructive Dismissal

An Ontario Court has ruled in Bevilacqua v Gracious Living Corporation, 2016 ONSC 4127 that even in cases where an employer has complied with the temporary layoff provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”), the layoff does not protect the employer from a successful claim in constructive dismissal

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September 16, 2016 by Matthew Curtis in pay equity
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BC Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

British Columbia employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased on September 15, 2016 to $10.85 per hour, up from $10.45 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.60 per hour. Employers are reminded to update their employment contracts and practices to ensure

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September 16, 2016 by Matthew Curtis in pay equity
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BC Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

British Columbia employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased on September 15, 2016 to $10.85 per hour, up from $10.45 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.60 per hour. Employers are reminded to update their employment contracts and practices to ensure

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September 01, 2016 by Matthew Curtis in British Columbia, English, Human Rights
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B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of discrimination. These amendments will mean that individuals will have a right under the respective legislation to make a complaint

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October 15, 2015 by Matthew Curtis in Employment Standards
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Employee Time Off to Vote in the Upcoming Federal Election

Canadians head for the polls in the federal election on Monday, October 19, 2015.  The Canada Elections Act provides that with the exception of certain employees in the transportation sector, every employee who is an elector is entitled to have three ...

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October 06, 2015 by Matthew Curtis in Employment Standards
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Minimum Wage Increase Now In Effect in many Canadian Provinces

On October 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan has increased. Province Current General Minimum Wage (as of October 1, 2015) Previous General Minimum Wage       Alberta $11.20/hou...

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March 24, 2015 by Matthew Curtis in Constructive Dismissal
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SCC Says Suspension with Pay can Amount to Constructive Dismissal

A non-unionized employee on an indefinite suspension with pay successfully claimed that he was constructively dismissed by his employer and was entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal. The case involved David Potter, an employee of the New Brunswick...

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