Parental Discrimination Against Babysitters

The Supreme Court of Canada recently declined to hear an interesting case that considered whether a parent had discriminated in a babysitting ad. The case arose from an ad posted on Kijiji by a mother looking for a babysitter to take care of her son every second Saturday.  She stated that she was looking for “an older lady with experience.” Mr. C applied for the position and provided some of his credentials. Upon learning he was male, the mother replied:
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Reluctant to Introduce Random Testing?

Are you an employer with workers who may perform safety sensitive activities, but without a drug and alcohol policy and testing regime in place? Do you work with one or more colleagues who may perform safety sensitive activities? If so, and your employer has not introduced a testing regime, do you wonder about the implications of this for your safety, and those around you? Are you less than certain about what drug and alcohol testing would mean for your workplace?
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Drafting Your Own Contracts

Why not do it yourself — write your own contract, that is?  In today’s age, there is no shortage of readily available tools, allowing you to do just that. Stationery supply stores carry self-help books on how to write your own contract. You can search for any type of contract, and easily find numerous online tools. You input certain requested information, and for a limited fee, voila, you now have a contract. With such easily available, simple and inexpensive tools
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Changes Introduced to Employment Standards in B.C.

The British Columbia government recently tabled Bill 8, Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019.  This Bill, which has not yet become law, contains significant updates to the Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) (ESA).  It is the first of what is anticipated to be two stages of amendments. This Bill contains too many changes to summarize here. Readers should review the Bill itself or consult legal counsel. Highlights include:  (1) extending the period over which employees can recover wages payable; (2)  additional
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Easter Weekend and Statutory Holiday Pay in B.C. and Alberta

Following the Easter long weekend, some employees may be receiving a little more cash this payday. British Columbia and Saskatchewan have more statutory holidays than the other provinces, with 10 each.  However, we honour fewer public holidays than are observed in may other industrialized nations. Cambodia, for example, has 26 public holidays per year. India has 18 public holidays annually, and Malta and Germany have 15. Under the Employment Standards Act, British Columbia (ESA), Good Friday is a statutory holiday.
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