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Amy O'Connor

Recent Publications

26Aug
2021
Client Bulletins

Mandatory Vaccines: Guidance for Employers

The provincial and federal governments, as well as several private corporations, have recently announced new requirements for masks,...

16Jun
2021
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 32, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA conference issue:WHADDAYAMEAN? - A Ramble Through the BC Interpretation Act - Bill BuholzerCourts Confirm Local Government...

31Mar
2021
Client Bulletins

Severance Agreements Withheld on Basis of Settlement Privilege

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC”) recently released a decision confirming that...

16Mar
2021
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 32, Number 1

In this issue: Is our New "Home Office" a Zoning Contravention - Guy PattersonMunicipal Employers Should be Cautious if Considering...

21Jan
2021
Client Bulletins

Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Protective Measures (COVID-19) Order

On January 8, 2021, the Province made Ministerial Order No. M012/2021 – Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Ministerial Order No. M013/2021...

23Dec
2020
Client Bulletins

Ministry of Health Not Required to Disclose Location of COVID Cases

A decision last week by BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael McEvoy, confirms that the positive duty to disclose information...

26Nov
2020
Client Bulletins

Mandatory Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces

On November 24, 2020, the Province passed Ministerial Order No. M425/2020 requiring face coverings to be worn in “indoor public spaces” as...

22Sep
2020
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 31, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue:No Liability in Mistaken Up-Zoning Case - Joe ScafeCity Liable after Tenant's Illegal Backyard Fire - Amy...

05Jun
2020
Client Bulletins

Minimum Wage Increased to $14.60

As of June 1, 2020, the hourly minimum wage rate in British Columbia was increased to $14.60 per hour. All local government employees must...

03Jun
2020
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 31, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA conference issue:BC Court of Appeal Upholds Whistler Tourist Accommodation Bylaws - Alyssa BradleyContractual Obligations and...

15May
2020
Client Bulletins

Working from Home – Employer Responsibilities

Although the province has announced plans to reopen businesses in a phased approach, many local government employees will be working from...

08May
2020
Client Bulletins

Presumption for COVID-19 WorkSafeBC Claims

WorkSafeBC announced on April 30th that COVID-19 will be added to the list of “occupational diseases” in Schedule 1 of the Workers...

07May
2020
Client Bulletins

Benefits Available For Laid Off Local Government Employees

With so many employees out of work during this COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of benefits and financial programs are continuously...

06May
2020
Client Bulletins

New Extension to COVID-19 Related Temporary Layoffs

On May 4, 2020, the provincial government passed Order in Council No. 219, which adds an “Exclusions during COVID-19 emergency” section to...

06Apr
2020
Client Bulletins

Ministerial Order M094 – Protection of Liability

On April 2, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued an order under section 10 of the Emergency Program Act...

24Mar
2020
Client Bulletins

Changes to the Employment Standards Act in response to the Covid-19 Crisis

On Monday March 23, 2020, the provincial government held an emergency sitting of the legislature in response to the COVID-19 public health...

12Mar
2020
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 31, Number 1

In this issue:BC Supreme Court Upholds New Westminster Renoviction Bylaw - Nick FalzonWho, in Law, is "Government"? - Bill BuholzerDrug...

09Mar
2020
Blog

COVID-19 Update for Local Government Employers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, and while the risk to Canadians is currently low,...

28Feb
2020
Blog

BC AGLG Office to be Closed

On February 24, 2020, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson announced to Postmedia News, as reported by the Vancouver...

22Nov
2019
Seminar Papers

Caselaw Update and Other Legal News

Recently, there have been a number of significant legislative updates and court decisions that affect local governments. In this paper, we...

23Sep
2019
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 30, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: Tender "Reprisal Clause" Not Constitutionally Invalid - Joe ScafeCourt of Appeal Reconsiders Dangerous Dog...

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