April 30, 2019
Victoria, April 29, 2019 — New legislation to bolster British Columbia’s employment standards will better protect children and youth from dangerous work, and deliver improved support for workers whose rights have been violated.
These improvements directly address the priority problems identified from changes made in 2003, when protections for workers with legitimate complaints were weakened and children as young as 12 were put at risk of serious workplace injuries. The amendments will build on updates to the Employment Standards Act last spring that provided new, extended and more flexible maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves. Bains said government will continue to work on further improvements to protect British Columbians in the workplace.
The amendments incorporate recommendations from the BC Law Institute, as well as from the BC Employment Standards Coalition, the BC Federation of Labour, and feedback from workers, employers and the public.