BC Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses Masking Complaint

On August 19, 2021, the BC Human Rights Tribunal issued its first decision considering an application to dismiss a complaint of discrimination arising from a mandatory mask policy. This decision is of particular relevance to businesses and employers facing mask-wearing complaints, and who may be considering applying to dismiss those complaints. The Decision In Rael … Continued

New Federal Supports for Employees with Disabilities

On June 5, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced several new federal supports being put into place for Canadian citizens with disabilities.  These supports are intended to address the significant challenges faced by individuals with disabilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including job insecurity and increased costs for personal support workers, medication, and … Continued

WorkSafeBC Proposes COVID-19 Related Changes to Workers Compensation Act

WorkSafeBC recently released a Discussion Paper entitled “Adding Diseases by Communicable Viral Pathogens, including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act” (the “Act“). The purpose of the Discussion Paper is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity for consultation with respect to WorkSafeBC’s intent to amend Schedule 1 of the Act (formerly Schedule B) … Continued

BC’s Re-Start Plan: WorkSafeBC Protocols Released

On March 15, 2020, WorkSafeBC released a series of industry-specific protocols for employers to follow as part of resuming operations in Phase 2 of British Columbia’s Re-Start Plan.  The sectors covered include arts and cultural facilities, health professionals, in-person counselling, education (K-12), offices, parks, personal services, real estate, restaurants, cafes and pubs, and retail. All … Continued

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to be Extended Beyond June

On May 8, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) will be extended beyond June 6, 2020, when it is currently set to end. He explained that further details of the extension will be announced next week. The Prime Minister stated that the purpose of extending CEWS is to ensure … Continued

COVID-19 Temporary Layoff Period Extended

On May 4, 2020, the Employment Standards Regulation, B.C. Reg. 396/95 was amended to extend the length of a temporary layoff during the COVID-19 emergency. Prior to this amendment, a temporary layoff was limited to 13 weeks in a period of 20 consecutive weeks. As a result of this amendment, the temporary layoff period may … Continued

Canadian Government Announces New Support Measures for Students and Recent Graduates Affected by COVID-19

On April 22, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced new proposed measures intended to assist post-secondary students, including continuing students facing challenges in securing summer employment and recent graduates entering the job market. The announced measures for this summer include: A proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide eligible students with $1,250 per month, and … Continued

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Applications Open April 27

On April 11, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 (“Bill C-14”) received Royal Assent following an emergency session of Parliament. Our prior articles on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) can be reviewed here as well as here, which summarize the publicly announced details of the CEWS. Options for Applying for the CEWS Beginning April 27, … Continued