Jennifer Russell

B.C. authorities might be cool to workplace temperature screenings

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced earlier this month that Canada will require temperature screening for all passengers travelling to or from Canadian airports. This follows the...

When does COVID-19 pose an ‘undue hazard’ in the workplace?

Many B.C. businesses are facing a new challenge: employees are refusing to come to work given their fear of contracting COVID-19. While employers want to ensure that their employees are safe and...

Privacy law limits employers’ power to thwart workplace romance

Valentine's Day is not far off and romance is in the air. Many people spend more time at work than anywhere else, so it is only natural that people fall in love among the cubicles and warehouses of...

The perils of ambiguous language in employment contracts

The importance of precise language in employment contracts cannot be overstated. Ambiguity in a contractual provision, especially when it comes to bonuses and other forms of compensation, can create...

Fairness is key to workplace sexual misconduct investigations

If you think that your workplace is immune to accusations of sexual misconduct, think again. The #MeToo movement and the disclosure of sexual misconduct allegations is affecting every industry, and...

What employers need to know about 18-month maternity leaves

The Employment Insurance Act (EIA) was recently amended to allow birth mothers to take their employment insurance (EI) benefits over an 18-month period. However, to date, the B.C. Employment...

How to navigate the dangerous waters of employment termination

Making the decision to fire an employee is never easy. Neither is it easy to navigate the mechanics of a termination. The first difficult decision in many cases is whether the termination will be...

How to deal with divisive political opinions in your workplace

Current events in the political landscape, particularly south of the border, are stirring up highly charged debate and prompting controversial rhetoric in both the public and private sphere. Whether...