Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson

Colin G.M. Gibson is the managing partner at Harris & Company in Vancouver. He practises management-side labour and employment law, human rights, and post-secondary education law.

He can be reached at cgibson@harrisco.com.

Termination pay and severance pay

What is the difference between termination pay and severance pay, and are they both required when dismissing an employee?

Termination pay and severance pay

Mitigation obligations during working notice

If an employee is dismissed but asked to work out their notice period, is it reasonable to expect them to look for new work to potentially reduce the notice period?

Mitigation obligations during working notice

Dismissal of probationary employees: What are the rules?

Question: Can an employer truly terminate a probationary employee with no notice?

Dismissal of probationary employees: What are the rules?

Do employees need to give reasonable notice of resignation?

Question: Is there common law reasonable notice for resignation?

Do employees need to give reasonable notice of resignation?

Resignation notice: Making it stick

Determining a valid resignation

Resignation notice: Making it stick

Can a manager’s micromanagement be considered bullying and harassment?

There’s a fine line between pressuring employees and actual bullying

Micromanagement: Can it be bullying and harassment?

The line between pressuring employees and harassment

Can an employee be required to use vacation during a temporary shutdown?

What are employers’ options if worker has already used vacation time for the year?

Being specific on just cause for dismissal

If an employment agreement has examples of misconduct, can the employer automatically dismiss a misbehaving worker without notice?

When a contract spells out what misconduct warrants dismissal

Getting specific on just cause