May 31, 2019
BC Workplace Laws: New Legislation in Effect
New legislation is now in force and will have a significant operational impact on employers across the province.
May 1, 2019
Proposed Labour Law Changes in BC – Bill 30: The Pendulum Swings Toward Labour
The proposed changes, which may be pushed through into law quickly, will significantly impact both union and non-union employers.
April 30, 2019
An Overhaul of BC’s Employment Standards Legislation: Bill 8 – What Employers Need to Know
The Bill contains extensive amendments to the ESA, a significant development with far reaching cost and operational implications for employers.
February 7, 2019
Watch out Taxpayers: WorkSafeBC Issues the Largest Administrative Penalty in British Columbia History
Employers across BC should take this as a stark reminder that failure to implement and/or enforce safety policies and procedures can have serious reputational, financial and human repercussions.
February 5, 2019
BC Court of Appeal Confirms Family Status Discrimination Test
BC Court of Appeal has confirmed the long-standing test that applies to such cases in BC – a test which continues to differ from that used in other provinces and the federal jurisdiction.
January 18, 2019
Safety Failures: Hidden Costs and Consequences – January 2019
This article addresses less frequently discussed, unintended, unexpected and largely hidden costs and consequences of accidents and OHS violations.
January 17, 2019
Are Amateur Athletes Employees? A Surprising Answer from BC
An unprecedented decision in Canadian amateur sports, the BC Labour Relations has ruled that an application by players on Canada’s Senior Men’s Rugby 7s team to unionize may proceed.
November 2, 2018
The Return of the British Columbia Human Rights Commission – Why Employers Should Pay Attention
BC Government introduced a Bill which, if passed into law, will amend the current Human Rights Code in a number of significant ways.
October 26, 2018
BC Labour Relations Code Review Report: A Concerning Future for Employers
BC Minster of Labour released its report and recommendations which will form the basis for anticipated changes to the Code by the NDP Government.
June 27, 2018
Workplace Changes Upcoming in British Columbia: Proposed Changes to BC’s Employment Standards Legislation
This article highlights recommendations made by the Employment Standards Act Reform Project Committee which may have the largest impact on employers in British Columbia.
May 18, 2018
The Ever-Expanding Safety Obligations of Site Owners: “Employer” OHS Obligations Are Imposed on Worksite Owners
SCC issues an important ruling impacting the potential occupational health and safety liability of site owners, even where incidents occur which do not involve their own employees.
April 27, 2018
Changes on the Horizon: Proposed Changes to British Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation System
If the recommendations are implemented, they will have significant implications for employers in managing WorkSafe claims and their costs.
April 10, 2018
Potential Changes to Unpaid Leave Periods in British Columbia
B.C.’s Minister of Labour introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act. Employers should consider how these changes may impact their business.
February 8, 2018
Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases in British Columbia
February 8, 2018 Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases in British Columbia Following an announcement by Premier John Horgan this morning British Columbia’s minimum wage will be increasing at a pace more rapid than many originally expected. The NDP campaigned on a …
February 5, 2018
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing: A High Bar in British Columbia
February 5, 2018 Random Drug and Alcohol Testing: A High Bar in British Columbia A British Columbia arbitrator has struck down a mining company’s mandatory random drug and alcohol testing program, ruling that it is an unreasonable exercise of management …
December 19, 2017
The Supreme Court Broadens the Limits of Workplace Discrimination: Schrenk v. British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
December 19, 2017 The Supreme Court Broadens the Limits of Workplace Discrimination: Schrenk v. British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal Last year the British Columbia Court of Appeal issued reasons in Schrenk v. British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, 2016 BCCA 146, …
September 15, 2017
Reminder: Minimum Wage Increases In British Columbia Now In Effect
September 15, 2017 Reminder: Minimum Wage Increases In British Columbia Now In Effect Employers in British Columbia should note the general minimum wage increased effective today, September 15, 2017. The minimum wage in the province is now $11.35 an hour …
May 30, 2017
A NDP Minority Government? Storm Clouds on Horizon for BC Employers
May 30, 2017 A NDP Minority Government? Storm Clouds on Horizon for BC Employers Following a tumultuous few weeks, the B.C. Green Party has agreed to support the B.C. New Democratic Party in the British Columbia legislature. An agreement …