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New Relief Program Announcements by the Prime Minister

On April 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an expansion of the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account ("CEBA") as well as the introduction of a new program, the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance ("CECRA") program. He also reiterated his April 15, 2020 announcement of wage top-ups for essential workers earning less than $2,500 per month, though details of that are still to come.

Protecting your company from the legal dangers of poaching

There are many grey areas when it comes to employees moving from one company to another in British Columbia. While you may be concerned about another company poaching staff who are valuable to your business, it would be naive to expect a former employee to forget everything he or she learned while working for you. While you cannot prevent such a person from using the experience gained as your employee, you may be wise to ensure your employees sign bulletproof confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements to protect information.

Handling workplace investigations as a business owner

As a business owner in British Columbia, you are obviously aware of the importance of handling investigations of workplace harassment claims appropriately. A flawed investigation can have significantly adverse consequences for an organization. For that reason, it is essential for business owners, managers and supervisors to learn the correct procedures for handling such matters.

Don't get burned when firing an employee on leave

When an employee goes on leave for whatever reason and his or her work ethic has been less than exemplary, an employer can still fire the employee if there is just cause. Many employers are under the impression that they can't dismiss a worker on leave -- whether they're not working due to medical reasons, parental leave or for any other matter.

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