Author: Marketing

Can your criminal past come back and fire you?

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Terminating an employee is not a topic that most people enjoy talking about. It is complicated and for many, too scary to even consider. Yet, whether employees or employers want to think about it or not, termination is a reality that can affect anyone working in today’s world. It is a topic full of grey… Read more »

Beware Employers

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Sometimes terminating an employee is not as simple as following the Law As a lawyer, I am often amazed at the complexities of owning a business. Whether small or large, there are financial, operational and human resource requirements that all demand the attention of the business owner. One of the most common employer issues to… Read more »

The Cannabis Act and What it Means for Employers

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Legalizing marijuana has introduced some real concerns for businesses in British Columbia. Although the new Cannabis Act allows employers to set policies to prevent impairment and the use of non-medical marijuana at work, employers have to accommodate employees who are prescribed marijuana for medical reasons.  This has employers worried about how they are going to… Read more »

A Will Is Only As Good As Its Ruling

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In a recent decision of the Australian court, Re Nichol, an unsent text message was accepted as a valid will of a deceased person. The draft text message detailed the man’s intentions to leave his property to his brother and nephew, rather than his wife and children. The message ended with the words “my will”,… Read more »

What a franchise need to know about the BC Franchises Act

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Who does it apply to? The Act applies to new franchise agreements, existing franchise agreements that are renewed or extended on or after February 1, 2017 and franchise agreements entered into before February 1, 2017. What’s in the Act? 1. Franchise disclosure document (“FDD”) The franchisor must provide the franchisee with a Franchise Disclosure Document… Read more »

Greg Palm – Elected to the Provincial Council of CBA

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Hamilton Duncan Managing Partner Greg T. Palm has been elected to the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch (CBABC) for a three-year term commencing August 15, 2016.  The purpose of Provincial Council is to carry out the work of the CBABC and advance its objects by, among other things, approving budgets,… Read more »

Listen to Your Elders

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For most us, our parents are the standards of adulthood, strength, and wisdom.  Late in life mental disabilities, such as dementia, catch many otherwise attentive adult children of older parents off guard, and the legal ramifications are often the true blindside. It is important for your parents to meet with a lawyer to seek advice… Read more »

What is (Not) Harassment at Work?

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The word “harass” is used in many different contexts in our society. It can be used in sports (“The defence effectively harassed the puck carrier as he entered the zone”), playfully among friends (“Why are you always harassing me about what I wear?”) or in extremely serious situations (“The military has adopted a zero tolerance… Read more »

Is your company facing union organization? What can you say to your employees?

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An employer that encounters a union organization campaign should be aware of what types of communications are allowed.  What can, and can you not, say to your employees?  In British Columbia, employers need to ensure they are acting with the parameters of the Labour Relations Code. The Labour Relations Code governs labour relations between employers,… Read more »

Reference letters – As an employer do I have to provide one?

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In British Columbia, there is no obligation for an employer to provide a letter of reference, let alone a favorable one. However, a lack of reference letter may contribute to an employee’s difficulty in finding new employment.  A recent decision by the BC Supreme Court has further elaborated on the role of letters provided on… Read more »