Changes Introduced to Employment Standards in B.C.

The British Columbia government recently tabled Bill 8, Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019.  This Bill, which has not yet become law, contains significant updates to the Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) (ESA).  It is the first of what is anticipated to be two stages of amendments. This Bill contains too many changes to summarize here. Readers should review the Bill itself or consult legal counsel. Highlights include:  (1) extending the period over which employees can recover wages payable; (2)  additional
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Easter Weekend and Statutory Holiday Pay in B.C. and Alberta

Following the Easter long weekend, some employees may be receiving a little more cash this payday. British Columbia and Saskatchewan have more statutory holidays than the other provinces, with 10 each.  However, we honour fewer public holidays than are observed in may other industrialized nations. Cambodia, for example, has 26 public holidays per year. India has 18 public holidays annually, and Malta and Germany have 15. Under the Employment Standards Act, British Columbia (ESA), Good Friday is a statutory holiday.
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