What Do I Need to Know About Human Rights Discrimination?

While most B.C. employers are aware that they have a legal duty to provide a discrimination-free work environment for their employees, many employers may not have a full appreciation of what that means in practice. Navigating competing rights and obligations can be complicated. Even the best intentioned employer can find […]

New and Young Workers: They’re Worth Your Attention

Many small businesses are built around the expertise of key individuals who play a crucial role in the success of your business. Often, these talented individuals are younger than 25 — a group WorkSafeBC refers to as young workers. Now imagine if one of these workers was injured at work […]

Do I Have to Be Canadian to Start a Business in B.C.?

If you’re wondering whether you can start a business in British Columbia if you’re not Canadian, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to sort through government regulations to find the answer to this frequently asked question. But it’s essential you know what you can and cannot do when it […]

What Employers Should Know About Working Notice

In Canada, with few exceptions, an employer must give an employee notice or payment in lieu of notice if the employer wishes to terminate the employment relationship, without cause. When an employer gives notice, it is generally in the nature of “working notice,” i.e. the employee is required to work […]

What Employers Need to Know About Temporary Layoffs

It is not uncommon to hear employers talk of “laying off” employees, particularly when business is slow. In these situations, the employer’s intent is not to terminate the employment relationship, but to temporarily suspend it until business picks up. While a temporary layoff is a perfectly logical solution for dealing […]

The Hidden Costs of Bullying and Harassment

As a small or medium-sized business owner, it’s easier to focus on workplace health and safety hazards you can see (such as wet floors, broken ladders, or messy work spaces) than it is on hazards that are less visible or obvious. Bullying and harassment are examples of “hidden” hazards that […]

Protecting Your Ideas Using Canadian Intellectual Property Rights

In today’s fast-developing economy, original ideas are often seen as the new currency. Applying innovative thinking to your business can give you the competitive advantage, and can provide an enormous opportunity for profit. If you have a great idea, your competitors may be tempted to use it, too, so it’s […]

Are You Really an Independent Contractor, or Are You an Employee?

In today’s world, many people are realizing it may be more advantageous to offer their services as an independent contractor running their own small business, rather than working as an employee. As an independent contractor, you’re your own boss, and you get the freedom to choose your clients, working hours […]

Ask a Canadian Intellectual Property Expert

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Understanding Dependent Contractors, and How to Avoid Legal Action  

Many employers are familiar with the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor. However, many may be unfamiliar with a third, legally recognized category known as the dependent contractor, which falls between the employee and independent contractor categories. Make sure to avoid potential legal pitfalls by fully understanding the […]