Earlier this month, Dr. Bonnie Henry said that British Columbia was coming to the “end of our beginning of this pandemic.”  As the number of reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased, we British Columbians have begun to look forward to our uncertain future.  To give us an idea of what is in store, the government announced a phased plan for reopening businesses safely.  Many non-essential businesses may start opening after the Victoria Day long weekend, but any businesses that do open their doors must comply with the social distancing measures and other public health orders that have kept us safe.  What this means will not just be industry specific, but specific to your business and your location.

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Due to the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic many companies in the Tri-Cities are implementing measures to ensure their financial stability during the crisis.  Unfortunately, this often means making difficult decisions about staff and compensation.   Already, many companies have temporarily laid off or reduced the wages of their employees, and many more are contemplating it as this crisis continues.  Employers should be wary that any such measures may trigger claims under constructive dismissal or contract.

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Denied or Cut Off Long Term Disability Benefits or CPP Disability? Unable to Work?

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If you’ve been let go from your job and decide to file a claim for wrongful dismissal against your former employer, you must remember that you have a duty to mitigate your damages following your dismissal. What this means is that you have an obligation to look for and obtain new, comparable employment, which would ultimately work towards putting you in the same position you would have been in but for the dismissal.

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You’ve just been demoted, been advised that your pay is going to be significantly reduced, or another change to your job description has been implemented that completely alters your day-to-day tasks as an employee – what are your rights and what do you need to know in order to protect yourself?

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People often think discrimination applies only to racial and ethnic differences, but as DBM always advises our clients, the BC Human Rights Code covers much more than that.

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I think I was let go from my job unfairly. What rights do I have?

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The vast majority of employers in BC treat their employees with respect, and value their contribution to the success of the business. Unfortunately, there are exceptions. At DBM, we have represented clients who have faced discrimination or have had their human rights abused in the workplace.

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Congratulations on the new member of your family. Here are 4 things every employee (and employer) should know about maternity and parental Leave.

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