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Articles and resources containing tips for those seeking employment law advice. The content of these articles, and this website generally, is not intended as legal advice and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.

Should I get a WCB lawyer?

“Workers comp.” “Workers Compo.”  “WCB.”  “WorkSafeBC.” “The Board.” In BC, there are lots of different names workers use to talk about workers compensation and the agency that oversees it. No matter what you call it, though, there might come a time when you need some help getting through the workers compensation process. How do you [...]

By |2023-02-11T07:56:07-08:00February 11th, 2023|Health and Safety, Tips, Workers Compensation|

What to do if you’re being “quiet fired”

Rising interest rates, inflation, and media buzz about an impending recession causes anxiety for a lot of employees – and not just those who have been let go. We wrote a piece recently about employers “quiet firing” employees. This is where employers start treating an employee badly with the hope that the employee will walk away from [...]

Can I secretly record people at work?

We are often asked by employees whether they should record people at work to get evidence about how they’re being treated. A recent case out of the British Columbia Supreme Court highlights some of the risks of conducting secret or “surreptitious” recordings for employees in the workplace.  In Shalagin v. Mercer Celgar Limited Partnership, 2022 BCSC [...]

By |2023-01-10T18:37:16-08:00January 10th, 2023|Breach of Privacy, Tips|

What do I do if I’ve been fired for cause?

If you are not a union member, your employer can terminate your employment at any time either for a justifiable reason (“cause”) without advance notice or, depending on the terms of your employment contract, by providing you sufficient advance notice (“reasonable notice”) or pay in lieu of reasonable notice that your employment is going to [...]

By |2022-11-18T10:03:03-08:00November 18th, 2022|Loss of a Job, Tips|

Top six things to do if you’ve been fired or laid off

Top six things to do if you’ve been fired or laid off In this blog article, we review six things you should do, from a legal perspective, if you’ve been fired or laid off. 1)       Don’t sign anything before you talk to a lawyer, but get what you’re owed under employment standards legislation! Before you sign [...]

By |2022-09-26T13:01:38-07:00September 26th, 2022|Loss of a Job, Tips|

Top five myths about employment law

Top five myths about employment law At Labour Rights Law, all we do is employment, labour, and human rights law.  Since we opened our doors in 2013, we’ve helped hundreds of employees and small businesses negotiate tough workplace issues in Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area, across BC, and the rest of Canada. Here are some [...]

By |2022-09-07T09:46:08-07:00September 19th, 2022|BC Employment Standards Act, Employment Contracts, Tips|

Appealing your WorkSafeBC claim: Levels of Appeal

If you get a WorkSafeBC decision about your claim that you disagree with, you can appeal it to try to get that decision changed. You get more than one chance to appeal your decision. Every time you appeal the decision, though, you have to go to a different group of decision-makers or “level” in the [...]

By |2022-08-29T17:29:38-07:00June 30th, 2022|Tips, Workers Compensation|

Union and Collective Agreement: The Best “Insurance Policy” Against Wrongful Dismissal

In non-unionized employment, an employer has the unilateral authority to terminate an employee’s employment for “cause” or for no cause at all! If no cause exists, the employer may terminate the employment relationship by providing “reasonable notice” or pay in lieu thereof that may be as little as the minimum termination pay under employment standards [...]

By |2022-07-27T17:17:39-07:00May 27th, 2022|Labour Relations, Tips, Wrongful Dismissal|

Three-part Series: Appeal Decisions on your WCB Claim

There are two levels of appeal, but mind the time limits! Always carefully read the decisions your case manager makes and that you make an informed decision to appeal your WCB claim before the deadline. We conclude our three-part series with appealing decisions on your WCB claim. In this blog, we also cover the importance [...]

By |2022-08-29T17:31:56-07:00May 3rd, 2022|Tips, Workers Compensation|

Three-part Series: Four Useful Tips for Managing your WCB Claim

Part two of our three-part series is about providing you with helpful tips on managing your WCB claim. Below, we introduce four tips that will help you make the most out of your case manager. If your claim is accepted, you’ll be assigned a person who will make most of the decisions about your compensation.  [...]

By |2022-08-29T17:34:29-07:00April 20th, 2022|Tips, Workers Compensation|