J. Geoffrey Howard

Employers need to clearly communicate hybrid work expectations

With the advent of forced remote working during COVID-19, recent polls suddenly show everybody with a job they can do away from their normal workplace is demanding flexibility from their...

BC NDP government’s “card check” unionization flip-flop raises workplace concerns

While there is no decision yet from the Supreme Court of Canada, given that certification after a secret vote already entails forcing the unwilling minority who voted against unionization to join,...

Businesses bearing significant costs of statutory leave legislation

The recent introduction of five days of mandatory paid sick leave in B.C. marks the high water mark of a tidal wave of legislation increasing B.C. employers’ obligations to provide job-protected...

Can a company fire an employee for extremist beliefs or actions?

In an era of social media, smart phones and “cancel” culture, an employee’s after-hours words or actions can quickly attract public scrutiny, outrage and ultimately employer sanctions. For example,...

Three key employer challenges in the COVID-19 era’s new normal

Employers have been reeling from the challenges posed by COVID-19 and related economic disruption since March. This article discusses three key COVID-related issues they face over the next year under...

B.C. employers should brace for impact from ESA amendments

Following through on its commitment to modernize the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the BC NDP government passed several additional important changes to the ESA effective May 30. Here are the key...