Employment Law Reform Has Taken Effect

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​Significant amendments to the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (ESA) have taken effect as a result of the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019, receiving Royal Assent on May 30.

The ESA has not been significantly updated for 15 years. The amendments to the ESA incorporate recommendations made by the Employment Standards Act Reform Project Committee.

The purpose of this article is to provide a summary of the more significant amendments to the ESA.

Director and Officer Liability

Previously, directors or officers were exempt from personal liability for unpaid wages when a corporation was in receivership or subject to insolvency proceedings. This exemption for unpaid wages has now been eliminated. But directors and officers continue to be…



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Credit to Hilary D. Henley, Natalie Cuthill, Rosie Schlagintweit and N. David McInnes © McMillan LLP for the original post.

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