Employment & Labour

Booth to discuss changes to the ESA at upcoming seminar

Vancouver employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth along with colleague Chris Drinovz will present a seminar on recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act.

The seminar will focus on the extensive changes to the Act and the impact on both union and non-union employers, says Booth, a lawyer practising as a professional corporation with Kane Shannon Weiler LLP.

“Union employers will now have to ‘meet or beat’ the Act requirements in their collective agreements,” she says.

Most importantly, Booth points out that the Act has extended the limitation period for claims from six months to one year with the ability of the Employment Standards Branch to extend that period to 24 months.

“We will explore how that might result in a vacation claim where employers have not followed the Act for more than 24 months,” she says.

Attendees will also learn about how the Branch can now hold hearings by telephone conference call and how employers might prepare for such an unusual process, Booth says.

“It is clear the government intends to beef up its enforcement procedures so employers should be well informed about their obligations. We will leave plenty of time to answer your questions,” she says.

The event will take place Nov. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Morgan Creek Golf Course, Creekside Room, 3500 Morgan Creek Way in Surrey, B.C.

Cost is $75 and includes a continental breakfast.

If you are interested in attending the event please contact Melanie Booth.

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