This submission shares our recommendations for modernizing the Employment Standards Act (ESA) in response to the BC Ministry of Labour Consultation Paper on this topic. It begins with a brief discussion of the context for the current round of reforms to workplace rights, including an overview of labour market changes since the last major round of reforms to the ESA in the early 2000s. It then presents the case for eliminating exclusions from the Act unless there is a clear public policy rationale for them, so that more workers can benefit from modernizing the ESA. The brief then provides specific recommendations on each of the six themes of the Consultation Paper, followed by an overview of six other key areas of the ESA that are urgently in need of reform.
Response to the BC Ministry of Labour consultation paper
March 30, 2019