Law Society of British Columbia
Harvard University, B.A.
University of British Columbia, J.D.
University of Cambridge, Adv. Dip
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch
Eric Kroshus is a labour and employment Associate at our Vancouver office. He provides advice and representation to employers on a range of labour, employment and human rights issues that arise in relation to grievance arbitrations, labour disputes, wrongful dismissal actions, and human rights and employment standards complaints.
Eric received his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia in 2019. In his final year, Eric spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Melbourne Law School.
B.C. Supreme Court: Unpaid Leave for Violation of Mandatory Vaccination Policy Is Not Termination of Employment
Believed to be the first civil court decision of its kind in Canada, the BC Supreme Court has dismissed an employee’s claim for constructive dismissal which was brought after the employee was placed on an unpaid leave of absence for failing to comply with her employer’s mandatory vaccination policy.Read more
Vancouver Hotel Facing Class Action Lawsuit by Former Employees Terminated as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
A review of the B.C. Supreme Court certification of a class action lawsuit brought by former employees against the owners of the Pan Pacific Hotel in relation to employment being terminated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
The British Columbia provincial government has announced B.C. will institute a new, permanent paid sick leave program, effective January 1, 2022.Read more
The BC Labour Board recently denied an application for an interim order challenging the mandatory vaccination policies of a number of large public sector employers.Read more
Beginning in September, attendance at a wide variety of discretionary events in the province will be contingent on proof of vaccination – with no exceptions.Read more
A surge in cases in British Columbia’s Interior Health Region has prompted the government to institute restrictions for the entire region, including mandatory mask mandates, and limits to indoor and outdoor social gatherings.Read more
B.C. Provincial Health Officer has announced that all workers in long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 12, 2021.Read more
In recently released policy guidance, B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner outlines its view that vaccination policies need to strike a balance between upholding individual rights and protecting collective rights to health and safety.Read more
Provided Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Canadian border will soon be open to travellers fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines.Read more
Effective June 1, 2021 the general minimum wage will increase to $15.20 an hour. In this article we summarize this general wage increase as well as specific wage increases for certain occupations.Read more
A recent criminal decision in B.C. imposing a $250,000 fine on an employer for a workplace fatality serves as a caution for employers to be proactive in addressing identified safety concerns in the workplace.Read more
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Announces New Workplace Closure Powers Due to COVID-19 Transmission – Updated April 13/21
The Provincial Health Officer has issued a written order which allows medical health officers to close all or part of a workplace where the officer has reason to believe that one or more employees has been infected with COVID-19 in the workplace.Read more
More than double the highest-ever payment to a complainant for injury to dignity, $176,000 in general damages as part of an award in which the total damages approach $1,000,000.Read more
An outline of requirements and considerations for implementation of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, should an employer deem one necessary for their workplace.Read more