Employment Law 101
This course will be especially beneficial to builders and other residential construction industry companies that do not have a formal Human Resource Department.
Whether you have one employee or hundreds, understanding the impact of the Employee Standards Act is key to mitigating risk, ensuring your company’s financial health, and the safe management of your employees, especially your onsite workers. Attendees will learn practical advice on how to create best practices regarding employment law in order to reduce potential liability and ensure proper compliance.
There will also be important discussion surrounding worker safety, and employer obligations and company policies when it comes to substance use by workers on the jobsite. Provincial statues such the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation have specified constraints on the impairment of workers, and the legalization of cannabis doesn’t change this requirement, but builders need to ensure they have and enforce policies and procedures to mitigate any potential risks caused by a worker under the influence.
Who should attend?
Builders or other designated employee in a residential construction organization who is responsible for human resource management, policies and worker safety. This is a basics course designed to highlight key employment law issues and considerations for worker safety policies for the building industry in a non-union workplace.
Key learning objectives:
• Hiring – discrimination, BC Human Rights Code
• Contracts – essential elements, specific terms and termination
• Understanding obligations set in the Employment Standards Act
• Complying with Occupational Health and Safety Regulation guidelines surrounding worker protection and impairment, but navigating human rights considerations in reference to ‘duty to accommodate’
• Termination – with/without cause, methodologies, options, and specific exemptions in the construction industry
• Additional resources: WorkSafeBC’s Guide to Managing Workplace Impairment and Developing an Impairment Policy
Time will be dedicated to answering attendees’ questions, so bring any queries you have to the session.
Open to all HAVAN members: builders, renovators, and suppliers.
Andrew Delmonico, Associate, Kuhn LLP
Andrew Delmonico is an Associate with the law firm Kuhn LLP. Kuhn LLP is HAVAN’s preferred legal supplier. They have a team of lawyers with extensive experience in the construction industry. Ian serves a broad range of clients, including developers, builders, renovators, trades, suppliers, architects, engineers and government entities.
Each year Kuhn LLP and Ian present seminars on Contracts, Builders Liens, and Employment Law for HAVAN members. Since 1998, they have been the creators and instructors of the Construction Law Course that is offered by the HAVAN in conjunction with the CHBA-BC Certified Residential Builder Program. You can read recent legal articles Kuhn LLP has written for HAVAN members on the HAVAN website.
As an Affinity Partner, Kuhn LLP offers HAVAN members their preferred client pricing for legal services that are billed on an hourly rate basis.