B.C.'s plan to lift restrictions on child labour blasted by teachers

Changes would let children as young as 12 work without involving the province's Employment Standards Branch
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

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ritish Columbia’s plan to allow employers to hire children as young as 12 is drawing fire from the province’s teachers’ federation.

Under current provincial law, employers who want to hire children under the age of 15 must get permission from the director of the Employment Standards Branch. Under Bill 37, the proposed amendments to the province’s Employment Standards Act, employers would only need a note from a parent or legal guardian to hire children between the ages of 12 and 15.