B.C. brings in first wave of new standards

Changes involve young workers, unpaid leaves, labour relations
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/27/2019
British Columbia
The new employment standards in British Columbia include elimination of the self-help kit for complaints. Credit: EB Adventure Photography (Shutterstock)

Employers in British Columbia have seen much change of late, with significant increases to minimum wage and an employer health tax.

Now they’re facing even more adjustments with the passage of Bill 8, the Employment Standards Amendment Act — and this is just the first wave, apparently, as further alterations are expected to be introduced this fall.

“When British Columbians head out to their workplace, they need to know their safety and rights are being protected in law,” said Harry Bains, minister of labour. “We are making improvements that are long overdue — bringing back basic rights and protections that were gutted by the old government.”