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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). Vancouver is the largest city within the province.

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Landlord having previous tenant who was troublesome move back in. Asking me to move out to avoid conflict

Where I live has a shortage on housing. I have been sharing a suite with 2 other people ("roommates") for a couple years. We each have our own leases and the landlord is responsible for ...
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Does an employee have any responsibility to protect company assets?

I work in a store. A customer made a purchase. But had another bottle in his hand that he didn't put on the counter for me to scan. I asked if he had already paid for it. He tried to pick a fight ...
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Is it possible to receive no pay because all the money goes to union fees?

A bit of a follow up to Union fees were deducted but was never told there was a union If someone works for an employer for a very short time (for example 1 or 2 hours) is it possible to receive a net ...
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Union fees were deducted but was never told there was a union

I ask this question just out of curiosity. Please advise if it's a better fit for workplace or some other site. I was hired to work at a store. I quit after having worked 2 hours. Part of the reason I ...
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Can consumers use trusts to protect themselves from losing their deposit — if, after consumers pay deposit, a company goes bankrupt?

Many companies (call them D for Defendant) require monetary deposits from consumers (C for Claimants), before D undertakes time and effort to order the product. C is an unsecured creditor, and a ...
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Can employers in Canada provide different Health benefits based on family or marital status?

My employer offers a health benefits plan where the amount that can be claimed towards the benefits plan is higher for employees who have a spouse, and even higher for employees with children. I am ...
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Am I obligated to pay prorated insurance premium if broker renewed without my agreement?

My home insurance broker sent us a renewal email over a month late. I told them we were not interested, and were changing providers. They want payment for the time between our previous policy with ...
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What are the best legal methods to protect one's jewelry designs? [closed]

As handcrafted jewelry producers, our cooperative has created literally thousands of original jewelry designs over the past 30 + years. What would be the most effective and practical ways to protect ...
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Is a desire for vindication a legitimate reason for a lawsuit?

I understate that a judge can often determine a monetary payment for the violation of a law. But, what if the primary motive for undertaking a law suit is to not be the fool of the other? Is it better ...
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Large customer (Distributor) changes a single letter in the Supplier's name and trademarks it. Is this legal? [closed]

That’s what happened to our jewelry-maker cooperative!
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Is there a time limit to initiating a legal complaint?

In the case of an injury that continues to affect the Plaintiff, is there some time limit for filing legal documents with a court?
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Can two legal complaints be combined in one lawsuit? How does that work? [closed]

Our craftswomens cooperative would sue under Chapter 2741 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) prohibiting use of an individual's "persona" for "commercial purposes" without written ...
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From a practical perspective, what is the most reliable way to make a debtor pay?

It would seem the two options to "force" a person to pay are have a judge issue a wage garnishing order for one of their employers have a judge issue a wage garnishing order against one of ...
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If Party X tells Party Y something untrue about Party Z, if Party Y repeats it is this defamation (if it's obviously false)?

I had a short term job that I was fired from. I was told that someone tripped and was injured on something I left laying around, which in fact I didn't do. As "proof" my manager showed me ...
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If a party agrees to settle, can the plaintiff still be award legal fees?

Say party A owes party B money. It's a relatively simple case, such as party B did work but party A isn't paying them. Party B files an action in small claims and party A finally caves in and pays up. ...
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Must terms in employment contract be interpreted as they apply to the job?

I see a lot of employment contracts which seem to be very broad with things the employee cannot do. Are the terms always interpreted in context, and only enforced when the employer can show damages? ...
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In British Columbia can an employer punish employees for sharing wage/salary information with colleagues?

While sharing salary information is often discouraged by employers, in the province of British Columbia, Canada, are employers legally allowed to punish (e.g. fire, reprimand, etc.) an employee who ...
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How exactly to calculate severance pay?

I have several questions regarding severance pay. Is it better to ask them separately or in one question? I had worked for an employer for 8 months and was terminated without cause. The schedule ...
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Terminated without cause. Do I have a claim for unjust termination or toxic work environment? [closed]

I was recently terminated without cause. I had been working in a liquor store for about 6 months. There was something "special" about the work environment. Several businesses in the area ...
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Canadian (BC) invoicing regulation - can we attempt to collect interest after the overdue payment is made?

My business partner and I started a construction related business last year. We recently (August 2021) received payment for an invoice that was issued June of 2020. At that time we did not have any ...
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Is it legal for some employees to have to clock in and out and others not if they are in the same role?

I work in the same position and with same job description as other employees. We have to clock in and out at the start and end of our shifts. The clock in and out system is directly tied to our pay: ...
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Is it legal for a store to lock the door with customers inside?

In a retail store the manager has instructed employees to lock the door when the store has closed, even if customers are still inside. This is to prevent more customers from entering. Is locking the ...
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Can a manager reduce my work hours because there has been (unverified) issues with a coworker?

I am having a conflict with a coworker. Without going into the nature of the conflict, the manager wants to schedule us on separate days. However this would mean a reduction in the hours I work in a ...
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I am stuck working alone with new coworker who I believe is dangerous. Must the employer take action?

I work in a shop. Most of the time I work alone or with one other person. We recently got a new manager who hired two new employees. One of them I have conflicts with (back story on workplace....
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Can management tell employees not to: accept cash from a customer then pay with their personal credit card because store doesn't take cash?

This question arises from the answers given in Is it illegal for a store employee to do this with payment? and What power does an employer have over gratuities/tips? To recap, a retail store does not ...
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Is selling alcohol from one individual to another for profit illegal without a license?

Consider this scenario: Joe works at a liquor store. Shortly before the store closes a potential customer calls in, and asks if Joe could purchase the products so that the customer can buy it off him ...
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Is it legal for a store to accept payment by debit card but not be able to refund to it, even in event of staff's mistake?

A store accepts payment by payment cards, including debit and credit cards. Refunds are allowed, however due to a technical problem refunds cannot be made to debit cards. Sometimes a refund is ...
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Must employer do something about aggressive customers?

I work in a liquor store where often times I am the only employee. Today a customer acted aggressively and said he wanted me to come outside with him (presumably to fight). He was also swearing at me. ...
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What power does an employer have over gratuities/tips?

First, what is the difference between tips and a gift? Can an employer legally order employees not to accept either? Can an employer order an employee to share it? For example in restaurants many have ...
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Is it illegal for a store employee to do this with payment?

In a retail store the official policy is that cash is not accepted and payment must be made through payment card (e.g. credit card). Some employees started telling the customers who want to pay in ...
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What happens if debtor pays before enforcement hearing?

This is a hypothetical scenario. I had an order which the debtor was not following. He paid me just before the enforcement hearing. What do I need to do to cancel the hearing, or should I attend and ...
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When can a customer be denied service for not wearing a (COVID) mask, considering medical exceptions?

I work in a retail liquor store. We require customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID19. Technically speaking is wearing masks a law, a health order or the store policy as a result of the ...
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Does probation period count actual days worked or days starting from job acceptance?

I had worked an on call job. There was zero guarantee of any work, but typically everyone got 2-4 shifts per week. I was terminated within probation according to management, but I was very close to ...
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Can an employee be penalized for missing work due to medical appointment?

Can an employer discipline an employee for taking time off work for a medical appointment? What if the employee is still on the probation period? I won't get into specific details, but a somewhat ...
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Can employer deduct minutes worth of pay for clocking out few minutes early?

I started working in a retail store. We are scheduled to work for 30 minutes after the store closes to finish the closing procedures (such as turning off lights, locking doors etc). For example if the ...
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Must an employer provide a break room/lunch room to its employees?

I started working in a retail store. It has no lunch room, break room, or a place where employees can sit comfortably to relax. In practice there's a storage area where people use bins to eat their ...
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Can an employee be disciplined for breaking a rule that is clearly not usually enforced?

I started a new job working in a retail store. The employee handbook has several official rules and policy which are clearly not enforced. For example no dogs in the store no cellphones at work ...
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When can a payment hearing be adjourned without a decision?

A person has a validated court order from the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). The CRT does not have authority to enforce its orders but small claims court does. In the payment hearing the debtor told ...
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In a Payment Hearing, what is the protocol for creditor asking debtor questions? What if he believes the reply was invalid?

At a payment hearing called by a creditor on a debtor, the debtor has the uncanny ability to avoid answering questions or gives misleading answers. I understand in the payment hearing the creditor can ...
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Does this non-compete clause basically mean the signer can't work in a similar job for 6 months after quitting?

In a non-solicitation contract there is a section that reads as follows. Does this bar the signer from working in information technology sector for 6 months? Put simply, does this means he would have ...
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How to serve a summons to payment hearing to a debtor?

Must the creditor personally serve the debtor face to face? Is it OK to put the document inside a regular envelope and must the envelope be labelled with anything? Must the creditor say anything to ...
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How is interest calculated on a debt?

For the notice of payment hearing forum it has a section for "payment order" and "interest". How is interest calculated? What percent is it? What time does it start counting from, ...
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What happens if someone moves home to avoid a payment hearing?

If legal action has been started against someone, what happens if they move homes? For example, if an order for a defendant to pay someone money is made, what would happen if they just moved homes so ...
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How to have a provincial court order enforced? What are the pros/cons of the different ways?

Follow up to How does someone file an order with the Provincial Court to have it enforced? If a plaintiff received a validated order from the Civil Resolution Tribunal, then filed it with the BC ...
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How does someone file an order with the Provincial Court to have it enforced?

Once a person has won a case in the Civil Resolution Tribunal, how is the judgement filed for enforcement?. Assume that the person has a validated copy of the order. I know one needs to go to the ...
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Confused as to the waiting period required after getting an order

A default judgement was awarded. It seems there are contradicting orders in how much time one must wait to get it enforced: As set out in 58.1 (3) of the CRTA, a part may only enforce this order if ...
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What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential?

I asked this on workplace but perhaps it's a better fit here. With my job we are required to get COVID testing frequently. They normally hire different labs to do the testing so each time there's some ...
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Will tenancy agreement still be valid if the property manager/broker who signed on behalf of landlord is terminated?

In BC, Canada, if a tenancy agreement is signed by a brokerage/property manager on behalf the landlord, and the property manager's contract is terminated early, will that make the tenancy agreement ...
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Can an employer force me to quit my old job, claiming it's a conflict of interest, if I never agree to it in an employment contract?

This question is about when is something legally binding. Say I am an interview for a new company. They advise me that continuing to work for my old one (even on a part-time basis) would be a conflict ...
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In BC is there an automatic probation period for new employees?

If an employee works less than 3 months are they entitled to any notice before being fired without cause? Does it matter if they're given some kind of warning or explanation? I was reading this ...
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