Is Refusal to Wear a Mask the Basis for a Human Rights Complaint?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021
Mask wearing indoors has become a ubiquitous part of the COVID-19 experience. The B.C. government mandated mask wearing in November of 2020 for most indoor public settings. Those orders are premised on face coverings helping to prevent, respond to or alleviate the spread of COVID‐19, when used with other protective measures. Some members of our society have physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities that make mask wearing unduly difficult or unsafe...
British Columbia Employers Announces Temporary Ability to Extend COVID-19 Related Layoffs
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020
On May 4, 2020, the B.C. government passed an Order in Council to add a new provision to the BC Employment Standards Regulation (the “Regulation”) during the current provincial state of emergency. Temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can now last up to 16 weeks in a 20 consecutive week period without triggering termination of employment. This is the second change to B.C. employment standards legislation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Help is on the Way: New Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020
The B.C. and federal government have announced new benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. B.C. residents who receive Employment Insurance (“EI”) or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”, described below) will be eligible...
Federal Government Passes Union Spending Bill, Bill C-377 (July 3, 2015)
Suspension held to Constitute Constructive Dismissal: Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, 2015 SCC 10 (March 10, 2015)
Supreme Court of Canada Releases Right to Strike Decision: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4 (February 2, 2015)
Landmark Case on the Freedom of Association from the Supreme Court of Canada: Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 1 (January 19, 2015)