Workplace Law

Workplace Law

November 18, 2021 from 9:00am-1:00pm with Harris and Co.
Please see the bottom of this page for a course overview and facilitator bios.
To apply:
Please fill out the form below before November 12, 2021 and the Programs & Services Team will contact you to confirm your registration if there is space available in the session.
*Due to limited space, the application form does not confirm your spot. You will be contacted either way.*
Topics that will be covered:
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations – following up on allegations/reports of harassment, bullying, sexual harassment or other employee misconduct
  • Termination Issues – what constitutes just cause for dismissal, assessing reasonable notice under the common law, avoiding bad faith/aggravated damages claims and human rights complaints
  • Important Issues and Provisions with Employment Contracts / Offer Letters – how to make them enforceable at law, ensuring proper defined termination clauses to avoid common law notice, clarifying post-employment obligations and protecting confidential information
  • Overview of the B.C. Employment Standards Act – discussion of the main provisions, e.g. minimum notice, hours of work, overtime, vacation pay, unpaid wages, statutory holidays, protected leaves
Scott advises and represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law. His practice focuses on human resources, terminations, policy development, and human rights. Scott has experience appearing before arbitration boards, a variety of administrative tribunals, and has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in British Columbia.
Scott acts for a broad spectrum of clients in both the public and private sector, across nearly all industries, including not for profit. As the leader of Harris’ Indigenous employment law practice area, he provides legal advice, policy development, and training seminars for a number of Bands and First Nations and other Indigenous organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
Scott focuses on providing his clients with solid, common sense, day-to-day advice. He’s a good listener, patient and careful, and speaks to all people as equals. His attentive and inclusive approach allows him to work successfully with a wide variety of people, while also educating himself on his clients’ perspectives and needs. Scott takes a proactive approach with his clients to improve their workplace situations, educating them, so they can solve problems as they arise.
More info at: https://harrisco.com/lawyers/scott-mccann/
Josh is not afraid to tackle any legal issue or case regardless of size or complexity. From multi-national companies to local businesses, Josh guides federally and provincially regulated employers as well as First Nation and Indigenous clients (both on and off Reserve) with strategic advice on all aspects of employment law.
Josh is of Ojibwe descent and a member of the Red Rock Indian Band of the Lake Helen Reserve. As a trusted legal advisor to Chief and Council, in-house counsel, senior management, executive leadership teams, and human resource departments Josh guides his clients on best practices on terminations, negotiations of wrongful dismissal claims, human rights issues, disability accommodations, performance management, workplace investigations, drafting policies and executive and employee contracts, and presenting training modules for clients. Josh is also no stranger to the courtroom having appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada and every level of court below in multiple provinces and has conducted various other matters before tribunals, adjudicators, fatality inquires and more.
As a grateful survivor of the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand, Josh received various awards for his distinguished service in rescue efforts and sparking numerous engagements as a former motivational speaker. Through his extraordinary background with varied life experiences, both domestic and abroad, Josh is able to relate to clients from all facets of life and delivers legal advice in a practical and common sense attitude, capped with a sense of humour.
More info at: https://harrisco.com/lawyers/joshua-d-sutherland/