To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in September and October:
- The Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) Benefit (updated) – This help sheet will help you understand what the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit is and how you apply for it.
- Appealing Denial of the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) Benefit: The Appeal Tribunal (updated) – If your application for the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit was denied, and your Request for Reconsideration has also been denied, you can appeal. This help sheet explains the next level of appeal.
- Appealing Denial of the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) Benefit: The Request for Reconsideration (updated) – If your application for the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit has been denied, you have the right to appeal. This help sheet explains appeals and how to make your Request for Reconsideration.
- About Mediation – Two new short films added to the Mediation Stories section of the website. They showcase true stories of people who went to mediation to resolve their separation/divorce family law conflict. Use this to help the public see the potential of collaborative dispute resolution. Also available on Facebook:
- Time Off Work – Practical guidance on the legal aspects of taking time off work. Learn your rights and obligations when taking sick days, taking a vacation, and taking other leaves of absence (e.g. personal days off, family responsibility leave, maternity leave, compassionate care leave, bereavement leave, parental leave, pregnancy leave).
- Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare – A report highlighting efforts by Indigenous families, communities, and Nations to revitalize Indigenous approaches to child welfare, develop community-based supports, and fight for self-determination. It centres the voices of 64 caregivers who share their stories of fighting to keep their children out of care. This report is an outcome of a year-long law reform project by West Coast LEAF in collaboration with the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre (FRAFCA), Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Children and Family Services (LMO), and Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre called Putting Families First: Shifting the Child Protection System.
New legal help services:
- Respect at Work Hotline & Legal Clinics – Free legal information & advice to newcomers to Canada who have faced or are facing sexual harassment in the workplace. Referrals to employment and settlement services including emotional support and counseling. Clinics are held at ISS of BC offices in the Lower Mainland.
See other services for updated hours & description:
- Help Line for Migrant Workers – evening Help Line providing free information, legal advice and referrals for migrant workers.
- Legal Advocacy – legal advocates and staff lawyer providing free (pro bono) legal advocacy services to caregivers and other migrant workers.
- Applying for Permanent Residence Workshop – regular Saturday workshops for migrant workers on applying for permanent residence.