Integritas Workplace Law Blog

Cocaine addiction not a bar to dismissal

In its recently released decision of Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp, 2017 SCC 30, the Supreme Court of Canada held that an employer had cause to dismiss Ian Stewart, a mine worker, who tested positive for cocaine. Background Information Elk Valley Coal Corp. operated... read more

Dismissing a Probationary Employee

It is not uncommon for employment agreements to include a probationary clause. The rationale behind a probationary period is to enable the parties to determine whether a continued employment relationship is viable. While some employees may decide to leave of their own... read more

How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation

A poorly conducted workplace investigation can cost an organization a significant amount of money in wrongful dismissal damages and legal fees and also result in considerable negative publicity. Learn how to conduct a workplace investigation effectively by taking our... read more

Who is a Dependent Contractor?

Employers are generally familiar with the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor. However, many may not be aware that there is a third category recognized by our courts – that of the dependent contractor. When placed on a continuum, the... read more

Changes to Parental Leave

The 2017 budget lays out the Federal Governments plans to extend parental leave and benefits to 18 months. New parents can now choose to take 18 months of leave at a benefits rate of 33% of their average weekly earnings, or 12 months of leave at a benefit rate of 55%... read more

Discriminatory Action Complaints

Employers have many obligations under the British Columbia Workers Compensation Act (the “Act”) and the related WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the “Regulation”). These obligations include providing a safe workplace, establishing a valid... read more

Marijuana in the Workplace

The legalization of marijuana has been hotly debated in Canada for some time now and employers are concerned about the impact it could have on the workplace. On November 30 2016, the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, which was tasked with reporting... read more

An Employee’s Duty to Mitigate Damages

When an employee is terminated without cause, the law requires the employee to mitigate his/her loss by diligently searching for alternative employment. In order to discharge this duty, the terminated employee must take steps that a reasonable person would take in the... read more

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