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Employment law mandates work hours and overtime

Employers in British Columbia may schedule work hours as they see fit. They may draft schedules weeks in advance or on a daily basis. However, employment law prescribes the number of hours workers may work, the number of free hours they should have, and how they will be compensated for extra work hours. Overtime is due whenever work hours exceed the standard 40 hours per week, from Sunday through Saturday.

Workers can refuse unsafe work to avoid workplace injury

Some workers in British Columbia may not realize that they have the right to refuse job tasks that would threaten their safety. Employers must provide safety training and personal protective gear to protect employees from conditions that could cause a workplace injury.

New Relief Program Announcements by the Prime Minister

On April 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an expansion of the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account ("CEBA") as well as the introduction of a new program, the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance ("CECRA") program. He also reiterated his April 15, 2020 announcement of wage top-ups for essential workers earning less than $2,500 per month, though details of that are still to come.

COVID-19: Substituting Statutory Holidays in BC

The next statutory holiday in BC is tomorrow, Good Friday, on April 10. This is the first statutory holiday to occur during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis and many may have lost sight of it given current world events, particularly if your business is in a partial state of shut-down. There is also the possibility that this outbreak may continue to affect business operations during other upcoming statutory holidays.

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