Termination for Off-Duty Conduct

In the recent decision of Klonteig v. West Kelowna (District), 2018 BCSC 124, the BC Supreme considered when an employer could terminate the employment relationship based on off-duty conduct. Background Mr. Klonteig was the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of West...
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Working Notice

Working Notice Working Notice In Canada, in the absence of just cause, an employer must give an employee notice or payment in lieu of notice if the employer wishes to terminate the employment relationship. When an employer gives an employee notice of its intention to...
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Common law severance

Common law severance Common law severance In Terminating Employees, I discussed the severance obligations imposed on an employer by the BC Employment Standards Act, when an employer is terminating an employee. In this post, I will provide an overview of an...
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Terminating Employees

Terminating Employees Terminating Employees The BC Employment Standards Act (the “Act”), requires employers to give employees compensation for length of service when they are being terminated. Employers can also discharge this liability by giving employees...
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Contractual severance and duty to mitigate

Contractual severance and duty to mitigate Contractual severance and duty to mitigate Employment contracts often contain termination clauses which stipulate the amount of notice or payment in lieu of notice that an employer will give to an employee in the event he/she...
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Terminating employees for execessive absenteeism

Terminating employees for execessive absenteeism Terminating employees for execessive absenteeism A question that often comes up is whether an employer can terminate an employee who is absent from the workplace where the absence is  innocent, yet excessive. In...