New guidance on the duty to accommodate use of medical cannabis

The Newfoundland Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision upholding an arbitration decision in which it was found that an employer’s refusal to employ an individual in a safety sensitive role due to regular use of medical cannabis did not violate the employer’s duty to accommodate the individual’s disability. The arbitration decision, Lower … Continued

Federal Government passes Wage Subsidy legislation

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”), which can be reviewed here as well as here, summarized the publicly announced details of the CEWS. As described below, Bill C-14 has … Continued

Government announced COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Today, March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a new set of emergency economic measures to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Provincial Health Officer (“PHO”) of British Columbia has also published further specific guidance about “essential workers” involved in travel outside of Canada. The key highlights of these announcements are set … Continued

In the hot seat: Firefighter sexual misconduct in the workplace

A recent review decision of British Columbia Labour Relations Board has highlighted the importance for employers of conducting a full investigation into misconduct before making a termination decision. In Vernon (City) (Re), BCLRB No. B133/2019, the Board upheld an arbitration panel’s decision to reinstate a fire captain who was dismissed for misconduct and dishonesty. The … Continued

Polls & Paychecks: Employers required to provide paid time off for Canadian federal election

It’s almost time to vote! With the federal election on October 21, 2019 quickly approaching, employers should familiarize themselves with their obligation to provide employees with paid time off to vote on election day. The Canada Elections Act provides that all employees who are “electors” are entitled to have three consecutive hours off work on … Continued