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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Legal Woes for the Easter Bunny

Several years ago, our young daughter asked a very direct question: “Is Santa Clause real?” Despite my attempts to fend them off, the questions continued. As did the lack of clear responses. A few months later, she had another direct question: “Mom, is the Easter Bunny real?” These questions have caused many a parent to pause. What is a parent to do, a parent who believes both in the wonder of childhood, and in honesty within families? It had not
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What Is Administrative Law?

I am quite frequently asked this question. Administrative law is the body of law that governs administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Examples include agencies that regulate food and drug products, securities commissions, local building and development and zoning agencies, liquor control boards, self-governing professional bodies, privacy commissioners, employment insurance, human rights tribunals and workers’ compensation boards. Administrative agencies relieve the burden on our courts.  At least in theory, they may also provide
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Is It Legal to Surreptitiously Record a Phone Call?

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau removed Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott from the Liberal party. The reason offered was that recording “conversations without consent” was unacceptable, and that an Attorney General recording a conversation with the Clerk of the Privy Council was “unconscionable.” Ms. Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney General of Canada, had recorded a December, 2018 telephone call between herself and the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick. After being submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice
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Do Employees Have A Right to View Their Personnel Files?

Does an employee have a right to see his or her own personnel file, without first obtaining the employer’s approval? If you are an employer, and an employee demands to see his or her personnel file, must you oblige? In B.C., Alberta and federally, subject to certain exceptions, an employee is able to view his or her own personnel file. The employee need not obtain anyone’s approval to request access to his or her file. However, the employer may need
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