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S. Michelle Blendell

Recent Publications

26Nov
2021
Seminar Papers

Workplace Caselaw Update

Local governments have been grappling with unprecedented change in 2021, as the pandemic continues and we move to a “new normal” in our...

04Oct
2021
Client Bulletins

Gatherings and Events COVID Order for the Eastern Fraser Health Authority

On September 28, the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Fraser Health Authority issued an Order under the Public Heath Act of BC...

28Sep
2021
Client Bulletins

New COVID-19 Order for the Interior Health Region

On September 13, 2021, the Chief Medical Health Officer (Interim) for the Interior Health Authority issued a new Order regarding COVID-19,...

13May
2021
Client Bulletins

Bill 13-2021: Paid Sick Leave

On May 11, 2021, Bill 13-2021, which amends the Employment Standard Act, RSBC 1996 c 113, received its first reading. Bill 13-2021...

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...

25Nov
2020
Seminar Papers

COVID-19: Issues for Local Governments as Employers

In this session, we will discuss employment issues that continue to arise for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the...

22Jul
2020
Client Bulletins

Variance Application Process under the Employment Standards Act Streamlined for Extensions to COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs

In our previous bulletins dated June 26, 2020 and July 2, 2020, we addressed the provincial government’s extension to the permissible...

02Jul
2020
Client Bulletins

COVID-19 Related Temporary Layoffs Extended - Update

In our recent blog post entitled “COVID-19 Related Temporary Layoffs Extended”, we discussed the provincial government’s June 25, 2020...

26Jun
2020
Client Bulletins

COVID-19 Related Temporary Layoffs Extended

On June 25, 2020, the provincial government announced that temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can now extend to a maximum of 24 weeks,...

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...

20May
2020
Client Bulletins

WorkSafeBC Directs All Employers to Prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan

As BC makes its first tentative steps to reopen parts of the economy, and to establish the new normal in light of COVID-19, WorkSafeBC has...

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...

22Nov
2019
Seminar Papers

Employer Disciplinary Investigations

There has been a lot of focus in the past few years on investigations of bullying and harassment complaints. However, employers are...

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...

11Jun
2019
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 30, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: Beware of the Perils of Overspending: New Local Elections Campaign Financing Provisions Tested in Court...

11Mar
2019
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 30, Number 1

In this issue:Wu v. Vancouver: When Making Permitting Decisions, Slow Doesn't Equal Negligent - Guy PattersonCourt Upholds Increased Fee...

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