Report recommends ESA changes in B.C.

Direct deposit, wage assignments, vacation pay among topics discussed
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 01/24/2019

Changes to the rules for paying employees could be on the way in British Columbia if the province’s government adopts recommendations in a new report, stemming from a four-year review of the province’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) by the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI).

It makes 71 recommendations affecting direct deposit rules, wage assignments, vacation pay, statutory holiday eligibility, leaves of absence, and termination rules, among other topics.

“This report is the first comprehensive review of the Employment Standards Act from a neutral, independent perspective in nearly a quarter of a century,” said Tom Beasley, head of the BCLI committee. “Employment legislation not only has to catch up with the transformative changes that have occurred in the workplace in recent years, but also meet the needs of the next several decades.”