WATCH: BC Employers’ Spring Conference on Money, Status, Religion & Politics: Hot Legal Topics for BC Businesses


On May 24, 2023, our Employment & Labour group hosted a seminar, “BC Employers’ Spring Conference | Money, Status, Religion & Politics: Hot Legal Topics for BC Businesses”. Speakers included Andrea Raso (Moderator, Partner and Chair of our Employment & Labour group), Debbie Preston (Associate), Catherine Repel (Associate) and Pu Zhang (Immigration Consultant).

In this webinar, attendees explored emerging employment topics, including pay transparency, worker classifications (and the cost of getting it wrong), accommodations, contract termination clauses, lessons learned from vaccination mandates in the workplace, and hiring temporary foreign workers.

What was covered —

  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Clarification around the legal distinctions between employees and legal contractors to ensure proper classification and avoid costly litigation
  • Religious and Family Accommodation: Summarizing the legal obligations for accommodating employees’ religious beliefs and family status in the workplace
  • Enforceability of Contractual Termination Clauses: Examining recent legal developments and discussing strategies for crafting enforceable termination clauses
  • New Pay Transparency Legislation: An overview of new employer requirements to disclose salary ranges and best practices for compliance
  • Lessons Learned from Vaccine Mandates: Real-world examples and key takeaways from implementing a vaccine mandate in the workplace
  • Employer Compliance Inspection under International Mobility Program: A summary of the inspection regime and how to ensure compliance when hiring temporary foreign workers

Watch or listen to the seminar and download a copy of the presentation slides and handout below. If you have any questions on the topics covered, please reach out to Andrea Raso at

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Click here for the Powerpoint slides

Click here for the handout regarding the International Mobility Program

Click here for the Video