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B.C. makes sweeping changes to labor laws

VICTORIA, B.C. -- The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is lauding sweeping changes to the province's Workers' Compe...

VICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is lauding sweeping changes to the province’s Workers’ Compensation Act, the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Code.

The trucking association was involved in consultations with the province before the changes were announced on May 13. While the recommended changes are still two readings away from becoming law, they are expected to be passed by mid-summer.

Among the changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, is a reduction in benefits making it less appealing to injured workers to stay on workers’ compensation longer than necessary. Employers will be pleased with the changes, which should ultimately see fewer claims paid out.

Changes to the Employment Standards Act are expected to result in a 50 per cent reduction in employee complaints. While inter-provincial carriers aren’t affected by the Act, carriers operating strictly in B.C. will be affected by the changes.

Likewise, inter-provincial carriers won’t be affected by changes to the Labour Relations Code, but it also holds some changes for those carriers operating within B.C. For more information about how the changes will affect your trucking operation, call the BCTA at 800-565-2282.

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