Federal Government Announces Support for Food Supply Chain

On April 13, 2020, the Federal government announced $50 million in financial support for the food supply chain. In a news release from the department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the government announced financial support for farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers in order to ensure foreign workers arriving in Canada … 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