Canadian Employment Law Today

August 11, 2021

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PM41261516 Alberta preschool taught a lesson on accommodation PG.4 Employer terminated worker at end of medical leave without additional medical information, but it told worker it wasn't expecting her back yet A BRITISH Columbia company's claim that a fired employee stole cryptocurrency from its account is unfounded, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled. MiningSky Technology is a Vancouver-based com- pany that provides hosting services for cryptocurren- cy miners — individuals or companies who conduct online transactions to earn cryptocurrency rewards. It was founded in 2017 as a spin-off from a company called Vling, a cloud and web-hosting provider. Zetong Zhang was hired by Vling in late 2016 to help sell its cloud-hosting service. In 2017, he sug - gested to Vling's president to use some of the com- pany's idle servers to mine cryptocurrency. The president authorized Zhang to purchase mining rigs — devices that mine the data. The trial runs were suc- cessful and they formed MiningSky, which started providing electricity, internet connections, testing and monitoring of 5,000 mining rigs owned by oth- ers, along with a small number of its own mining rigs. All the rigs were housed in a facility in northern B.C. MiningSky established two accounts on Antpool, a website that pools the effort of multiple miners to A BRITISH Columbia company must pay a former employee $10,000 after it failed to bring him back to his pre-injury job and essentially demoted him following a back injury, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. Dodd's Furniture is a furniture retail com - pany with three locations on Vancouver Island. In July 2014, Dodd's hired Manpreet Singh as a customer service representative. A few months later, Singh was promoted to the position of as- sistant manager at the company's warehouse in Victoria, with a new employment contract in- dicating his new role. The decision to promote Singh was due in part to the fact that Singh had good computer skills. The assistant manager position involved mostly paperwork and computer work, but oc - casionally Singh had to help unload delivery trucks and lift furniture. His other duties includ- ed helping the warehouse manager in keeping August 11, 2021 The hybrid workplace is here to stay PG.3 Legal considerations and liabilities for employers with employees working both at home and in the office COMPANY'S on page 7 » CREDIT: IPGGUTENBERGUKLTD iSTOCK NEWLY CREATED on page 6 » with Colin Gibson B.C. employer's cryptic accusation against fired worker fails Lax handling of cryptocurrency accounts left doubt as to where missing digital currency went Ask an Expert PG. 2 Home office modifications New job created after injury not accommodation: B.C. tribunal Worker cleared to return to old job, but employer hired someone else BY JEFFREY R. SMITH BY JEFFREY R. SMITH

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