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Federal Court of Appeal notes increasing importance of test for independent contractor status

May 23 2013 In a recent decision the Federal Court of Appeal noted the increasing importance of properly determining whether an individual providing services is…

Family status and childcare responsibilities: approach with caution

January 29 2014 An Alberta arbitrator recently determined that an employer had discriminated against a single mother on the basis of her family status by refusing to…

Pregnant employee awarded EI benefits lost as a result of termination

May 29 2013 The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal recently awarded a pregnant employee damages equal to the Employment Insurance benefits she lost when…

WorkSafeBC approves new workplace bullying and harassment policies

April 25 2013 On April 24, 2013 WorkSafeBC announced that its Board of Directors has approved three new Occupational Health and safety workplace bullying and…

Employer fails duty to inquire into employee’s mental health

November 7 2012 The BC Human Rights Tribunal recently found that an employer discriminated against an employee who was suffering from depression when it dismissed her without inquiring into whether her inappropriate behavior was due to a mental disability.

How to reduce claims costs under the workers compensation system

February 17 2018 When someone asks what type of law you practice and you reply that you have a focus on workers compensation, you are invariably met with a blank stare…

B.C. Court of Appeal confirms income from a second job can be mitigation income

January 25 2018 In Pakozdi v. B & B Heavy Civil Construction Ltd., 2018 BCCA 23, the B.C. Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the law of mitigation in relation…

BC Court of Appeal rules that litigants must first raise constitutional issues before administrative tribunals

January 3 2018 In Denton v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2017 BCCA 40, the BC Court of Appeal recently answered an important question on…

Report on the re-establishment of B.C. Human Rights Commission released

December 22 2017 On December 10, 2017, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Multiculturalism Ravi Kahlon released his much-anticipated report and recommendations on…

SCC confirms that co-workers with different employers are subject to Human Rights Code

December 15 2017 In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) confirmed that the BC Human Rights Code’s prohibition on discriminatory conduct in the…