(July 12/18) Over the past couple of years, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) — with the support of the BC Federation of Labour, the Coalition of BC Businesses, and the government of British Columbia — has undergone a comprehensive review of the Employment Standards Act.

A group of lawyers, representing business and labour interests, has met on numerous occasions over the past two years, debating possible recommendations for modernizing the legislation.

The BCLI recently released a consultation paper with a tentative list of 78 recommendations — click here to read the consultation paper and recommendations. They are now inviting stakeholders to provide input before they submit a report with a final list of recommendations to B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains this fall.

Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada’s Vice President, Western Canada recently attended a Coalition of BC Businesses meeting on July 4 with the minister of labour where the ongoing review of the Employment Standards Act was discussed. The minister expressed a desire for the review process to be completed as quickly as possible so that he can introduce comprehensive legislative amendments by the spring legislative session.

Restaurants Canada encourages members to review the BCLI consultation paper and their tentative recommendations and email any input or concerns you might have about how your business might be impacted to mark@restaurantscanada.org by Friday, Aug. 24.

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