Singleton Urquhart's Workplace Law Practice Group present their latest seminar –
"Secrets, Lies and Executions" - An employers’ guide

Relationships between employers and employees is rarely cut and dry. In order for a business to run consistently & smoothly we need to be able to rely on the honesty and integrity of our employees, and likewise we need to deliver the same in return. While most employees are both reliable and honest, some fall somewhere in between. That’s what this presentation is about; those 'other' employees who dance between the lines of fact and fiction, who test our policies and our patience and whose behavior impacts productivity. Join Singleton Urquhart Workplace Law lawyers Melanie Samuels, Veronica Rossos and David Edinger as they explain how you as an employer can take back your power and get back to business.

Join Singleton Urquhart LLP Workplace Law Lawyers Melanie Samuels, Veronica Rossos and David Edinger as they explain how you as an employer can take back your power from these untrustworthy employees and get back to business.

Secrets –

The protection of confidential information during, and actions for breach of confidence subsequent to the termination of the employment relationship is incredibly important.
Presentation will canvass:
• The new and evolving nature of confidential information in the digital world;
• The question of ownership of confidential information in the employment relationship;
• Available contractual protections, their requirement and breadth:
• restrictive covenants;
• confidentiality clauses; and
• assignments of rights.
• A summary review of the SCC's seminal decisions on the law of breach of confidence, Lac Minerals Ltd. v. International Corona Resources Ltd, [1989] 2 SCR 574 and Cadbury Schweppes Inc. v. FBI Foods Ltd, [1999] 1 SCR 142
• Recent decisions of the BCSC on the law of breach of confidence including:
• No Limits Sportswear Inc. v. 0912139 BC Ltd, 2015 BCSC 1698, and
• XY, LLC v. Canadian Topsires Selection Inc, 2016 BCSC 1095.
• Available remedies including pre-trial applications for injunctive relief

Lies –

Dishonesty has no place in the workplace. How to investigate/deal with conflict and get on with it:
Topics covered include:
• Alternative Facts – what is the definition of dishonesty in the context of the workplace
• What can an employee get away with… or not!
• Off duty dishonesty – where does the obligation of truthfulness and fidelity begin and end?
• How to manage dishonesty- from the “I am sick” day to “the dog ate my report”!
• How to conduct an investigation into misconduct in the workplace; and
• progressive discipline and termination for dishonesty.

Executions –

Best practices in the termination process to avoid liability:
Topics covered include:
• Contract, policy, ESA review prior to acting
• Considering the reasons for termination (including considerations of disability, illustrated by UBC v Kelly, 2016 BCCA 271)
• Alleging just cause, pros and cons
• Resignation and constructive dismissal
• Probationary employees
• Manner of termination, including termination letters and asking for a release on termination (how not to do it is illustrated by Saliken v Alpine Aerotech LP, 2016 BCSC 832)
Offering re-employment (illustrated by Frederickson v Newtech Dental Laboratories Inc., 2015 BCCA 357)

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM along with a continental breakfast.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation: This seminar has been accredited by the Human Resources Management Association for 1.5 hours of CPD credit.



  • When

  • March 30, 2017
    8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Where

  • Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
    580 West Hastings Street
    (Enter via Seymour Street)
    Vancouver, BC


Melanie Samuels, Partner,
H. David Edinger, Partner,
Veronica S.C. Rossos, Partner,

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