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Taylor Janis LLP, located in Kamloops, focuses exclusively on labour, employment, and related litigation law matters, to serve its diverse group of clients throughout British Columbia. We always strive to represent our clients in the most thorough and cost-efficient manner possible.

We are western Canada’s choice for severance advice & negotiation. Please ask about our fee arrangements, including contingency fee options.



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Employment Lawyers
in British Columbia

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Labour & Employment 
Lawyers for
Kamloops, BC

We are a firm of labour and employment lawyers dedicated to assisting both employees and employers with a wide range of challenges at work.

Employment law is a specialist area and focusing solely on this area, our expertise, and experience can guide you if you have a legal problem in the workplace.

This includes representation in trials concerning labour laws and employment, appeals, mediation, arbitration, as well as human rights cases in Kamloops and around British Columbia.

We make workplace law more understandable and provide the type of guidance that helps stressed and confused employees – or employers who face serious legal challenges.


As An Employee
Or Employer?

How Can Our Western Canadian
Employment Lawyers Help You?

While we do help employers in some cases, most of our work is with employees who have suffered from abuse of their rights in the workplace.

Our Kamloops employment lawyers will help you understand your employee rights and explain your options if you have suffered at the hands of an employer.

We can help in cases of wrongful dismissalconstructive dismissalreasonable notice entitlements, and severance.

We also regularly provide legal counsel for cases of workplace harassment and discrimination, as well as unpaid wages/overtime and other employment-related disputes.

Most of our clients benefit from our approach of tactful negotiation with the other party. Wherever that is not possible, decisive and resolute litigation is used as a last resort.

If your employment rights have been violated by an employer, colleague, or another party in a Kamloops workplace, start by letting us know the details in a confidential one-on-one lawyer consultation and document review.

We can provide a quick assessment of whether you have a case for compensation and damages.

Employment Law Frequently Asked Questions


This is when an employer terminates your employment due to serious misconduct, as laid out in the employment contract you signed. The burden of proof lies with the employer to show that your conduct breached the terms of your contract and the relationship cannot be repaired.

This occurs when an employer substantially changes the terms of your employment contract, without obtaining your agreement beforehand. If this is found to be the case, you may be able to claim damages.

When employees resign, they voluntarily end the employment relationship or “quit”. In disputed cases, the burden of proof lies with the employer to show that you resigned voluntarily or quit your position and were not dismissed.

If your employer terminates your employment without respecting your legal rights, it may be regarded as wrongful dismissal, whereby you are entitled to damages.

Your employer is only allowed to lay you off temporarily if your employment contract expressly permits it AND it is common industry practice (e.g. with logging work), AND you agree to the layoff.

Severance Pay

This is the amount of money that an employer must pay an employee when his or her employment is terminated. A “severance package” may include compensation in several areas rather than just cash payment.

If you are terminated from your employment, you are entitled to reasonable notice or severance payment in lieu of reasonable notice.

This depends on the circumstances. Speak to one of our Kamloops employment lawyers, who can assess the best course of action to take.

If you terminate an employee, you must provide either reasonable notice or a severance package if an employee has been in continuous employment for three months or more with you. If you provide advanced written notice equal to the number of weeks for which they would have been eligible for severance, no severance package is required.

Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Clauses

A non-competition clause prevents you from working with a competitor for an agreed amount of time after leaving a company. A non-solicitation clause allows you to work anywhere but not to solicit your former employer’s clients.

In cases of wrongful dismissal, both clauses will be unenforceable. Otherwise, they may be enforceable.

Dependent Contractor

There is some confusion with this: employees and “dependent contractors” are entitled to severance whereas “independent contractors” are not. Note that you have two years from the date of termination to claim your severance if it is still owing.

Employment Contracts

An employment contract or agreement includes the specified terms of your relationship with your employer: compensation, responsibilities, work hours, etc.

An employment contract may be either oral or written and both are just as enforceable according to Kamloops employment law.

Without an employment contract for each employee, you are opening yourself up to the potential for the courts in BC to grant terminated employees up to 24 months of severance payments.

Employers in BC must respect basic rights and adhere to certain laws as set out in the BC Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code.

Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination

You are protected at work from discrimination on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, or on mental or physical disability, amongst other things.

Bill 208 defines harassment as: inappropriate conduct, comments, displays, actions or gestures by a person that constitutes a threat to the health or safety of the worker and that is either based on (i) certain enumerated grounds (such as colour, gender, or place of origin); or which (ii) adversely affects the worker’s psychological or physical well-being.

If an employee reports an incident of harassment, it is your duty as an employer to address it. If an intervention by HR fails to put a stop to it, you should inform the employee being harassed about what their options are and pledge your support for them.

Overtime Disputes

Overtime in BC applies to hours in excess of either eight hours per workday or 40 hours per week. If you exceed eight hours per day or 40 hours per week, you must be paid at 1.5 your regular rate of pay by your employer.

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“I am very happy with my experience so far with Taylor Janis. I have been working with Sophie Purnell, and she is thoughtful, well-spoken, and cares for my outcome as much as I do. At a time when lawyers in this field are so, so busy she still takes time to get back to my questions or have her staff do so. I would 100% recommend her.”

– S. W.

“Highly satisfied with my experience. From the initial intake to the completion of my file, Cole and the assistants really took the time to make sure I was happy and up to date on my case. The process was made very simple for me with clear instructions and expectations. They made a difficult experience bearable and I’m very happy with the outcome.”

– B. P.

“I had a very positive experience with Cole Lefebvre. He advised me on what I was entitled to at law and walked me through the court process. Cole, Amanda, and Alysia responded to all my questions or concerns in a timely manner and were very clear with me about costs. In the end, we were able to achieve a great result from my former employer.

I highly recommend!”

– J. S.