On August 15, 2017, the provincial government announced that British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase from $10.85 to $11.35 per hour effective September 15, 2017. This is the Ministry of Labour’s first step in a long-term plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Wage increases will also take effect for employees in the following categories:
- live-in home support worker;
- live-in camp leader;
- resident caretaker;
- farm workers; and
- liquor servers.
Please contact us directly if you would like more information about any increase in wages affecting your workforce and the related amendments to the Employment Standards Regulation (B.C. … Continue Reading
On August 4, 2017, Premier John Horgan announced the Government’s intent to re-establish a human rights commission. The British Columbia Human Rights Commission was dismantled about 15 years ago. Currently British Columbia has a direct access model allowing complaints to be brought directly to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. In jurisdictions with commissions (in other provinces and federally) complaints must first proceed through an investigation process with a human rights commission.
According to the News Release issued by the Office of the Premier, the intent of the new human rights commission will be to act proactively to address systemic … Continue Reading
On June 19, 2017, Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, received Royal Assent. As a result, “gender identity” and “gender expression” are now prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act (the “Act”). In particular, section 3(1) of the Act now reads:
Prohibited grounds of discrimination
3 (1) For all purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, disability and conviction for an … Continue Reading