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BC seeks input on ways to modernize its Employment Standards system

By CO Staff @canadaone |

BC -- The BC government will meet with key business and labour stakeholders to elicit views and advice on how BC's employment standards system can be modernized.

Labour Minister Iain Black said staff will have focused discussions with organizations that represent the interests of employees and employers, as well as independent experts, over the next two to three months.

The Employment Standards Act and regulation set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most British Columbia workplaces. The legislation covers hours of work, overtime, minimum wage, payment of wages and statutory holidays.

The government is looking for ways to modernize its Employment Standards around the following themes:

  • The role and purpose of the minimum wage in today's economy, and how it should be established and adjusted.
  • Enhancing flexibility for employees and employers.
  • Clarifying and simplifying standards.
  • Improving the provision of information on employment standards to employees and employers.
  • Improving the enforcement of employment standards.
  • Ensuring expeditious hearing and determination of complaints.

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