Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson
Kent Employment Law
Employment & Labour, Human Rights

Richard Johnson, associate with Kent Employment Law, focuses on employment and human rights law.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 2000, Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in psychology in 2003 from the University of Waterloo. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2006 and was called to the Bar of Alberta in 2007 and the British Columbia Bar in 2010.

With a background in the areas of employment and labour law, human rights, education law, and general civil litigation, Mr. Johnson represents and advises employees, public and commercial employers, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations.

He also handles issues including workers’ compensation, insurance and benefits issues, and corporate/commercial litigation. He has appeared before all levels of court in both British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

While at law school, Mr. Johnson worked with the Board of Student Legal Services of Edmonton, a not-for-profit organization providing legal support to low-ncome communities and charitable groups.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Vancouver Bar Association, and is an executive member of the Advocates’ Society Labour and Employment Section. 

Richard Johnson In The News
Sustainable employment: hiring for success

This is the first post in a four-part series on sustainable employment, a model pioneered by Kent Employment Law, which espouses an enduring, mutually beneficial and ... Read more

Canada Labour Code vs. the courts: the devil is in the details

By Richard Johnson In Canada, most non-unionized employees have one primary means of recourse (absent a human rights claim) for challenging a dismissal: litigation through ... Read more

Benefits of reference letters can outweigh downsides for employers

Although a great deal of misunderstanding exists over whether or not to give a reference to an employee who was dismissed without cause, ultimately, many of the concerns employers ... Read more

Case shows transparency is key in assessing employee performance

A recent B.C. Supreme Court decision confirms that employers must be fair and transparent when assessing performance and dismissing employees — and failing to do so can ... Read more

Look to employment contract to assess entitlement after harassment

For those seeking compensation after enduring workplace harassment, their employment contract is often a significant indicator of how much money they could receive in a claim, ... Read more

Employees have right to accommodation for childcare obligations

Although working parents often rely on their employers to understand the commitments that come with raising children, when that doesn’t happen, there are legal safeguards in ... Read more

How to handle age discrimination at work

Individuals are entitled to protection against discrimination because of their age, but it is important to consult a lawyer quickly   if legal action is required, Vancouver ... Read more

Aggravated damages awarded to spa worker in wrongful dismissal

A skincare therapist has been awarded $15,000 in aggravated damages for the bad-faith conduct of her employer in a wrongful dismissal case, says Vancouver employment lawyer ... Read more

Negotiate first to avoid unsatisfactory severance, bonus payouts

Employees should carefully review and negotiate their agreements before starting a new job to ensure their severance and termination clauses are acceptable, says Vancouver ... Read more

The power of a well-written bonus plan

By Richard Johnson A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice serves as a strong reminder to both employers and employees about the importance of ... Read more

Firing over fast food meal leads to rare aggravated damages award

A British Columbia court applied a common-sense approach in awarding $46,000 to a 25-year Burger King employee in a wrongful dismissal case, says Vancouver employment lawyer ... Read more

Employers should offer domestic violence leave ahead of legislation

Employers should get ahead of proposed legislated leave for victims of domestic violence and enact policies now to protect their workers in turmoil, says Vancouver employment ... Read more

Openness is key to averting constructive dismissals

Companies tend to make big changes in the New Year that don’t always bode well for employees, leading to a bump in constructive dismissal complaints, says Vancouver ... Read more

Employees entitled to recourse when business shuts down

When a business suddenly closes its doors, it is considered a termination of employment — and employees should move quickly to seek advice, Vancouver employment lawyer  ... Read more

Personal use of tech during work hours 'time theft'

Increased access to hand-held devices is making the personal use of technology in the workplace more of an issue than ever before, with the problem of ‘time theft’ ... Read more

Focus on ideal fit when seeking new legal position

For lawyers considering a new career opportunity, focusing on how you will fit into a prospective work environment is critical in order to avoid “going from the frying ... Read more

Human rights tribunal a 'safety net' against workplace ageism

One of the most important provisions in the British Columbia Human Rights Code is the protection from being discriminated against because of age — including in the ... Read more

The high cost of workplace abuse

By Richard Johnson Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal made an example of Mississauga employer Applied Consumer and Clinical Evaluations (ACCE) when it ordered it ... Read more

Severance best negotiated at outset of employment relationship

It may seem odd to think about severance issues during the excitement of the hiring process, but a pre-emptive approach is the best way to clarify entitlements and manage ... Read more

Therapy benefits a wise way Starbucks supports strong workforce

A move by Starbucks to provide up to $5,000 in therapy to its employees is a proactive approach to mental wellness likely to result in more productive, happier workers and a ... Read more

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