British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia has the BC Court of Appeal dealing with a matter of statutory interpretation. Two statutory sections dealing with employer duties had to be read in the context of each other and the legislative scheme as a whole. The section dealing with specific employer duties was to be relied on in determining the scope of an employer’s reporting obligations.
The decision to deny a rent increase allowance for this 71 unit trailer park was confirmed as reasonable.
2014 BCSC 1421 391043 Alberta Ltd. v. Village of Canal Flats, concerns an application to strike a claim against a municipal officer for gross negligence.
Gulkison v. Vancouver Police Board, 2014 BCSC 669 , concerns liability of the Board of Police Commissioners for actions of City of Vancouver Police Department members. Justice Burnyeat held that the Vancouver Police Board is liable for any liabilities or damages that may be attributed to the Board of Police Commissioners for the actions of a police officer.
Rhebergen v. Creston Veterinary Clinic Ltd., 2014 BCCA 97 concerns a form of post-employment non-competition agreement. These types of agreements being in the nature of a restraint on trade must be reasonable. Courts will hold overbroad conditions unenforceable. Be careful with restrictions you place on the departing employee’s ability to work. If the area that you don’t want the employee to work in is too large, or the duration of the limitation is too long or there is a large financial penalty placed on the employee you will have a problem enforcing the non-compete agreement.