Paid Sick Leave For BC Employees

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As of January 1, 2022, employers in British Columbia are required to provide a minimum of five paid sick days each year to all employees covered by the BC Employment Standards Act (the “Act”). This announcement has been anticipated by many employers in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed a spotlight on the…

Employee Vaccine Mandates

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By order of the Provincial Health Officer, as of September 13, 2021, British Columbians are required to demonstrate proof of vaccination to access several events and services. In the wake of this announcement, many employers and employees are left wondering whether their workplace will be able to implement similar requirements for employees to have had…

Welcome Kara Ellison!

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We are delighted that Kara Ellison has joined the Pihl Law team! Kara was called to the bar in May after completing her Articles with our firm. Kara completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria and is looking forward to building a litigation practice here in Kelowna. When she’s not practicing law, Kara…

Liens and Remote Projects

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We live in a country with vast amounts of open space, which in turn leaves large tracts of unregistered lands. Large projects such as hydroelectric dams and sub-stations are often situated on these lands, obtaining rights to use the land short of ownership. Under the provisions of the Builders Lien Act, SBC 1997, ch. 45…

Unwitting Partners & Cohabitation Agreements

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The one thing worse than a break-up is one where you discover, much to your surprise, that your partner is able to advance claims against you when you had assumed the contrary. Many people are aware of the fact that unmarried spouses have a right to claim spousal support and child support, usually because they’ve…

Welcome Carl da Luz!

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We are delighted that Carl da Luz has joined the Pihl Law team! Carl was born and raised in Kelowna and obtained his Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia. He was called to the Bar in 2019 and has been practicing locally as a litigation associate since that time. At Pihl Law, Carl’s…

Bree Hankins – Shareholder!

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Pihl Law Corp. is thrilled to announce Bree Hankins’ promotion to Shareholder in our firm! Her wealth of knowledge and passion for what she does is evident in all her endeavours, and we are proud to have those attributes (and her many other skills!) on our team.

Protecting Against Tenant Created Builder’s Liens

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Kelowna’s reputation as a hot bed of entrepreneurialism is well earned and as a result, many people invest either in commercial real estate or in rental residential units. An owner of land, however, faces risk when their tenant engages in work within the premises.  If a contractor or sub-contractor goes unpaid, they may lien the…

Welcome Michael Sinclair

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We are proud to welcome Michael Sinclair to the Pihl Law team! Michael was previously a partner in a Kelowna law firm. He has also practiced in Vancouver and Alberta. Michael is a qualified family law and civil mediator with extensive experience in all areas of family law, and estate litigation. Contact Michael if you…