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Further to the announcement on February 8 about the revision of general minimum wage in the province, Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced today the revision of minimum wages for five additional worker groups. These include liquor servers, who will see their wages rise incrementally starting June 1, 2018 to reach at least $15.20 per hour by 2021. The minimum wage for liquor servers currently stands at $10.10 per hour, with the following schedule of increases:
The amendments will allow mothers to start their pregnancy leave, also known as maternity leave, as early as 13 weeks before the expected birth date, up from the current 11 weeks. New parents will also have the option to take a longer unpaid parental leave to care for their new child — resulting in a total of up to 18 months of leave for birth mothers.
Update: The Workforce Training Stream has closed as of April 16 due to high volume, having reached subscription targets for intake 1. Intake 2 will begin accepting applications on June 1, 2018. Canada-BC Job Grant funding is available for training commencing April 4 through August 31, 2018, with applications being accepted starting April 9. Total funding available for this fiscal year is $8 million.
Held in Kelowna on March 15, this all-day event hosted thirty tourism employers from around the region and attracted over 250 job seekers, many seeking permanent and seasonal work. The event featured a virtual reality booth, Sun FM airing live on-location, and a live stage where job seekers gained insights into local tourism careers and watched demonstrations including:
On Feb. 15, go2HR’s Ginger Brunner, Regional HR Specialist, and Stephanie Mallalieu, Industry Health & Safety Specialist, facilitated a roundtable for employers representing various tourism sectors from all over the Kootenay Rockies region, including Fernie, Fairmont Hot Springs, Kimberley, Panorama, and Radium Hot Springs.
Commercial kitchens, from small cafes to large-scale hotel operations, are fast-paced environments with many hazards. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure your workers are trained and know how to carry out all aspects of their job correctly. Whether it’s a new worker who has little experience in a kitchen, or an experienced worker who is using new equipment, investing in health and safety helps to keep them safe, keeps other workers safe, and keeps your business running smoothly.
Island Lake Lodge has won the coveted 2018 Employees First Award, presented this afternoon at the BC Tourism Industry Conference in Kelowna. The award is sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, as part of the 2018 Tourism Industry Awards.
The team from BCIT’s Tourism Marketing Diploma Program was crowned the winner of this year’s provincial Winning Pitch competition at the BC Tourism Industry Conference today. This year, student teams from around BC developed a business concept for a new tourism product or service that expands into and supports the development of shoulder- and off-seasons of the tourism industry in their respective regions.
Forbes' 2018 Canada's Best Employers highlights 300 companies operating in Canada that have won the endorsement of their workers. 8,000 Canadians working for large firms and institutions—those with 500 or more employees—in 25 industry sectors were surveyed and asked whether they would recommend their employers on a scale of 0 through 10, with 10 being the most positive. Several tourism and hospitality businesses based in BC made the list this year.

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