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Developing a Long-Term Remote Work Policy

As restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to ease in British Columbia and employers are given the green light to return employees to the workplace, the ability to continue working remotely is top of mind for employers and employees alike. For those employers that wish to maintain some level of remote working, now is the time to begin developing a clear and comprehensive long-term remote work policy.  While non-exhaustive, the following may serve as a starting point in terms of what to include:

  • Eligibility: a remote work policy should frame remote work as a privilege and include clear eligibility requirements
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Have your say on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) national survey on sexual harassment has made it clear that sexual harassment in the Australian workplace is increasing.   In June 2018, the AHRC announced a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in order to report, on other things, the prevalence and reporting of harassment and the measures being taken in preventing and responding to allegations of harassment.

The AHRC has invited submissions from interested parties to assist the inquiry.  We are preparing a submission based on our experience of assisting employers in preventing and managing sexual harassment in the workplace.  We … Continue Reading

Enforcement of company policies

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has handed down judgment in a case which involved attempts by two employees to enforce benefits under a company policy relating to redundancy.

The case is noteworthy because the employees based their claims on a number of common law and equitable causes of action which are not regularly invoked in employment disputes. The decision of the Court, therefore, provides guidance as to the degree to which employers may be required to treat policies as binding commitments. … Continue Reading

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