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What You Need to Know about Layoffs

Posted:  Mar 27, 2020
An Angus Reid Institute survey released on March 26, 2020 confirmed what many of us are feeling around financial and job security: nearly half of Canadians say that they or someone in their household have lost hours due to the economic downturn, while 66% of survey respondents say they received no compensation for the lost hours of work. Though we are witnessing the power of ingenuity as work...

Am I allowed to refuse work if I believe I am at risk of COVID-19?

Posted:  Mar 27, 2020
In short: You can refuse work, but you need to follow specific steps, and you may still have to show up for your shift. In BC, the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations dictate occupational health and safety requirements for workplaces and protect workers and other persons present at workplaces from work-related risks to their health, safety, and well-being. These regulations govern mo...

Options for Employers & Employees Grappling with COVID-19

Posted:  Mar 27, 2020
As uncertainty grows around whether the BC government will close all “non-essential” businesses, a move recently implemented in Ontario, employers and employees are scrambling to make sense of what these measures will mean for them. On March 26, 2020, BC’s Public Safety Minister, Mike Farnworth, released a list of essential services Thursday as he vowed to use his emergency powers to kee...

Mediation vs. Arbitration

Posted:  Mar 10, 2020
Our professionals at Stevens & Company have witnessed many individuals who do not understand the difference between mediation and arbitration. Both are a means of conflict resolution but when you compare and contrast the two, it becomes clear how they are very distinct legal procedures.  Moreover, the two methods of resolving conflicts have different objectives. MEDIATION The mediation...

The Registered Difference

Posted:  Feb 3, 2020
We are well into a new year and a new decade. While most of us would like to leave the hardships of the past behind, sometimes negative circumstances follow us into the present. That doesn’t mean we should give up on determining the best solutions to our adversities going forward. Choosing mediation is a wise alternative as opposed to advancing into a stressful, and possibly lengthy, court battle...
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