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Patrola Law provides practical employment law solutions for employees in the following areas:

I am an Employer

Patrola Law provides practical employment law solutions for employers in the following areas:

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Employment contract drafting and review (non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure agreements)
  • Employment policy manual development
  • Representation in disputes over contracts
  • Ending employment relationships
  • Workplace investigations

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With a pro-active and no-nonsense approach, I am committed to helping you understand your rights and resolving your employment issues effectively.

I genuinely understand the importance of practical and cost-effective solutions, and I strongly advocate for my clients with this goal in mind. Your well-being and rights matter to me, and I'll work tirelessly to achieve a favorable outcome for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is severance pay?

If you have an employment contract, severance pay may refer to previously agreed upon compensation that you can receive at the end of your employment. If you do not have an employment contract, severance pay refers to earnings you are entitled to receive in lieu of advance notice.

I’ve been fired with cause – am I entitled to severance pay?

No. But whether or not there was cause is usually heavily disputed.

I’ve been fired without cause – am I entitled to severance pay?

Yes, if there is no dispute between you and the employer that there was no fault on your part, then you are entitled to severance pay (or at least working notice).

I’ve been fired without cause and my employer says they will put together a severance package for my review. How long do I have to wait to get my compensation?

You and the employer may end up negotiating a severance package for weeks if not months. However, you are entitled to a minimum amount under the Employment Standards Act, and the employer should provide you with that pay right away.

It has been only a few months since I started working, and they suddenly fired me without any notice. Am I entitled to severance pay?

Under the Employment Standards Act, you must be employed for a consecutive period of three months to be entitled to severance pay. If you are a fixed term employee and/or was actively induced to join the company, you should consider pursuing your claims under common law.

Can my employer deduct wages from me for my mistakes on the job?

It may depend on contextual factors, but wages cannot be deducted for simply making a mistake on the job.

My employer said he'll give me a raise but he hasn't. What can I do?

As long as you are being paid minimum wages and are paid in accordance with your employment contract, it would be difficult to hold an employer to his word that "he would give you a raise in the future". If there was a concrete agreement in place (how much raise and when it will be effective, etc.), you should consider speaking to an employment lawyer.

What is the maximum termination pay I can get based on the Employment Standards Act?

Your statutory termination pay maxes out at 8 weeks.

I am an employee who works for a BC employer but I work outside the province. Does the Employment Standards Act (BC) still apply to me?

Yes, there is at least one ruling from the Employment Standards Tribunal that has applied the legislation to an Alberta-based employee. However, other circumstantial factors may swing the decision the other way, so you should consult an employment lawyer.

My employer suddenly wants me and my co-workers to sign this new employment contract, saying they will fire us if we don’t sign. Can they force us to sign this document?

If you sign the new agreement, you would likely keep your job (for some time, at least) but you may be waiving some very significant rights that you were entitled to under your old contract. You should speak to an employment lawyer right away.

My employer wants me to work on the holidays or he'll fire me. What can I do?

Any employer has the right to terminate an employee at any time, as long as the employee is given advance notice or pay in lieu. If the employer can make a business case that he needs an employee who will work on the holidays, your refusal to work could very well mean termination.

Am I entitled to vacation days?

You are entitled to two weeks vacation only after completing one (1) full year of employment. After five (5) years of employment with the same employer, you would be entitled to three weeks vacation per year.

I am a full time employee. How long of a lunch break do I get?

You must be given at least half an hour meal break during your shift. An employer must not make you work for more than 5 consecutive hours without a meal break. That means on a day you are working overtime, you may be entitled to two meal breaks.

Is my lunch break paid?

NO. But if you are carrying out your job duties on your lunch break, then you are still working on your lunch break and you should be paid for that.

I'm an employer. I am trying to hire a very young teenager. Is there a minimum legal age for someone to be hired?

If the teenager is under the age of 15, you will need to get the consent of the child's parent or legal guardian. You may not employ a child under the age of 12, unless you have the consent of the Director of Employment Standards. There are some exceptions for hiring children in the entertainment/film industry.

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