2019 Bi-Monthly Update Series: July/August

To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in July and August:

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BC Employment Standards Branch

New resources on various aspects of Employment Standards have been added to the Employment Standards Branch website. Topics include: wages, hiring and termination, the complaints process, time off, and safety and workers’ rights. Additionally, Employment Standards Branch has replaced the “Self-Help Kit” (which required workers to deal directly with their employer before submitting a complaint), with a direct-to-branch process.

The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

BC Employment Standards Branch logo
  • Employment Standards: Getting Paid for Work: provides information about how wages must be paid under BC law. Includes minimum wage, minimum daily pay, deductions, keeping records, overtime pay, tips & gratuities, uniforms & special clothing.
  • Employment Standards: Hiring Employees: explains the workplace standards that employers must meet and include in an employment agreement. Includes hiring young people under the age of 15, using an employment agency, hiring domestic workers, hiring farm labour workers, and hiring temporary foreign workers.
  • Employment Standards: Making a Complaint: explains the steps involved in resolving employment disputes. Includes references to the law in BC.
  • Employment Standards: Quitting, Getting Fired or Laid Off: provides information about termination of employment for both employees and employers as it applies under the Employment Standards Act. Includes information about paying final wages, giving written notices, paying compensation, group terminations, just cause, layoffs, and changes to employment conditions.
  • Employment Standards: Specific Industries/Types of Workers: provides information about agriculture, aquaculture, commission sales, domestics, employment agencies, high technology sector, loggers, oil & gas sector, resident caretakers, etc.
  • Employment Standards: Taking Time Off: provides information about when employees can take time off work for vacation or for unexpected life situations. Includes maternity & parental leave, family responsibility leave, compassionate care leave, bereavement leave, reservists’ leave, leave respecting the disappearance or death of child, & jury duty.
  • Working in BC Information Sheet: this information sheet explains the rights of employees in BC. Includes minimum wage, tips, minimum daily pay, meal breaks, pay days & payroll records, overtime, averaging agreements, uniforms & special clothing, deductions, statutory holidays, annual vacation, and compensation when employment ends.
  • Employment Standards & Workplace Safety: Where to Go for Help: provides an overview of where to go for help or advice on employment standards and workplace safety issues. Includes links to the Employment Standards Branch, Employment Standards Tribunal, WorkSafe BC, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Employers’ Advisers Office, and BC Labour Relations Board.
  • Employment Standards: Do They Apply to You?: provides information on the BC Employment Standards Act and Regulations. This page explains a number of provisions that limit or exclude coverage for certain groups.

Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)

Civil Resolution Tribunal
  • Societies and Cooperative Associations Solution Explorer: this tool helps people manage and resolve disputes about BC societies that are incorporated with the BC Corporate Registry, and housing and community service cooperative associations. If you aren’t able to resolve your dispute using this tool, it will lead you to the CRT’s online application form.

Legal Services Society

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  • MyLawBC Family Mediation Tool: this online platform to help separating parents make a parenting plan that’s in their kids’ best interests. If parents can’t agree, they can ask for a professional mediator to help them. Parents get a downloadable parenting plan for both to sign. It’s convenient, secure, and free.

People’s Law School

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People’s Law School has added new personal planning resources to their website on topics such as representation agreements and powers of attorney. The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

  • Planning for Your Future – this webpage provides information on personal planning including power of attorney, advance care plans, representation agreements and resources for those with limited capacities now.
  • Health and Personal Care – practical information on what you can do to ensure your wishes around health care & personal care are respected. Learn how to prepare an enhanced representation agreement, how an advance directive can be used, about the two types of representation agreements, and about MOST forms.
  • If You Need Help Now – practical information on how standard representation agreements can be used and how to prepare one. Learn about your rights and options for changing or ending one, and eight important reasons why someone may want to prepare one.
  • Start Your Planning Here – essential information you should know when preparing for your future. Learn your options for planning for your future financial, legal, health care, and personal care needs.
  • Making Decisions for Someone Else – practical information on what to consider when making decisions for someone else. Learn about the steps you can take to protect the adult from scams, financial exploitation and abuse, information about the duties you must follow as an attorney, and tools designed to help you in your role.
  • Financial and Legal Matters – practical information on tools you can put in place now in case you cannot manage your financial and legal affairs in future. Learn about the different types of powers of attorney, how to prepare your enduring power of attorney, and your rights and options for changing or ending a power of attorney.

Pivot Legal Society

British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

British Columbia Law Institute
  • Builder’s Lien Reform Project: The Builders Lien Act protects participants in a construction project such as contractors, material suppliers, and individual workers by giving them several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied. BCLI has undertaken a major law reform project on the Builders Lien Act.

Archway Community Services

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  • Archway Community Services is the new name for Abbotsford Community Services. The name is intended to be more inclusive for clients beyond Abbotsford and reduce misconceptions of the organization being a branch of the government or City of Abbotsford.

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services logo
  • Family Law Advocacy Program – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services has now added a family law program to their community services. The program provides information and legal advocacy for family law matters for separation, divorce, court forms, legal aid applications, child and spousal support, and other family law matters.

North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR)

  • Family Law Advocacy Program – NSCR has a new family law program that provides legal information and referral, legal advice and representation (in some cases) to lower and moderate income clients. The service covers divorce, parenting time, child support, division of property, child protection and consensual dispute resolutions.  

September 2019 Events (BC-Wide, Online)

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  • Immigration Pathways to Permanent Residence for Temporary Foreign Workers
    • Tuesday, September 3 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 5575 Boundary Road (MOSAIC Boundary)
    • Registration is required.
    • This free workshop will provide information about different pathways to becoming a Permanent Resident in Canada
  • Canadian Citizenship Preparation (review class)
    • Saturday, September 7 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Mount Pleasant Branch
    • Registration is required.
    • This free review workshop will help with preparing for Canadian citizenship.
  • Canadian Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support)
    • Friday, September 20 – (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – VPL Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Registration is required.
    • This free workshop will help with preparing for Canadian citizenship.
  • Canadian Citizenship Preparation
    • Tuesday September 24 & Wednesday September 25 – (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
    • Surrey – 200A – 7134 King George Boulevard (MOSAIC Surrey)
    • Registration is required.
    • This free two-day workshop will help with preparing for Canadian citizenship.
  • MOSAIC Annual General Meeting
    • Wednesday September 25 – (5:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 5575 Boundary Road (MOSAIC Boundary)
    • Registration is required.
    • This free event is open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Community and Refugee Advocate and City of Victoria Councillor Sharmarke Dubow.
  • Canadian Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support)
    • Friday September 27 – (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Registration is required.
    • This free workshop will help with preparing for Canadian citizenship.

  • Pro Bono Going Public: Advice-A-Thon
    • Wednesday, September 4 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • Surrey – City Hall Plaza
    • Free drop-in event for low and modest income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics.
  • Pro Bono Going Public: Advice-A-Thon (two Vancouver dates & locations)
    • Friday, September 6 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – Victory Square Park
    • Friday, September 13 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza
    • Free drop-in event for low and modest income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics.
  • Pro Bono Going Public: Advice-A-Thon
    • Tuesday, September 10 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • Kelowna – City Park, Rose Garden
    • Free drop-in event for low and modest income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics.
  • Pro Bono Going Public: Advice-A-Thon
    • Tuesday, September 17 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    • BC-Wide – Telephone Clinic
    • Free telephone event for low and modest income individuals, province-wide.
  • Everything a Society Needs to Know About the CRT
    • Monday, September 9 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Kelowna – 620 Leon Ave (KCR Community Resources)
    • Cost: $35 per person
    • This workshop will help societies prepare for changes under the New Societies Act, in particular dispute resolution with the CRT.
  • Recordkeeping and Privacy for Non Profits
    • Wednesday, September 18 (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
    • Vancouver – 100-938 Howe St. (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50 per person
    • Learn how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant.
  • Everything a Society Needs to Know About the CRT
    • Wednesday, September 18 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 100-938 Howe St. (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50 per person
    • This workshop will help societies prepare for changes under the New Societies Act, in particular dispute resolution with the CRT.
  • Recordkeeping and Privacy for Non Profits
    • Tuesday, September 24 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    • Skidegate – #2 Second Beach Rd. (Haida Heritage House at Kay Llnagaay)
    • Cost: $25 – $75 (sliding scale)
    • Learn how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant.

Free workshops for older adults:

  • Workshop on Government Benefits for Older Adults
    • Monday, September 9 – (2:30 am – 3:30 pm)
    • Surrey – Surrey Library – Strawberry Hill Branch
    • This free workshop will cover federal and provincial government benefits for seniors – including Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan, Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters.
  • Workshop on Government Benefits for Older Adults
    • Wednesday, September 18 – (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Surrey – 13455-76 Avenue (DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society)
    • This free workshop will cover federal and provincial government benefits for seniors – including Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan, Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters.
  • SFU End of Life Matters and Marketplace 2019
    • Saturday, September 21 – (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – SFU Vancouver Campus Harbour Centre
    • This free event will provide information about the practicalities of end of life and develop a personal understanding of dying and its meaning for living.
  • Understanding the Societies Act Part I: Legal Basics For BC Societies
    • Thursday, September 12 (5:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 1183 Melville St.
    • Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00
    • This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. This Part 1 workshop will focus specifically on key governance and legal compliance issues.
  • Board Chair Breakfast Series
    • Tuesday, September 24 (7:30 am – 9:00 am)
    • Vancouver – 555 Seymour Street (BCIT Downtown Campus)
    • Cost: $60 per person
    • This workshop for nonprofit board chairs will teach how to guide your board through employment related liabilities.This is the second of a three-part series.

Free classes for the public, led by lawyers, notaries and other experts:

  • Representation Agreements
    • Thursday, September 12 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library McGill Branch
    • Registration is required
    • This free workshop will explain how representation agreements can be used by your legal representative to make major decisions on your behalf, including matters of health and person care.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Monday, September 16 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • Registration is required
    • This free workshop will explain the legal requirements when preparing a will, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without one.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Saturday, September 28 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Champlain Heights Branch
    • This free workshop will explain the legal requirements when preparing a will, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without one.
  • Planning for Incapacity: Representation Agreements and Powers of Attorney
    • Wednesday, September 18 (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Dunbar Branch
    • This free workshop will provide information on how to plan for incapacity using representation agreements and powers of attorney.
  • Residential Tenancy for Landlords
    • Saturday, September 28 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Terry Salman Branch
    • This free workshop will help residential landlords learn their rights and obligations under BC’s Residential Tenancy Act. Rent increases, deposits, illegal entry, repairs, pets, evictions and other relevant issues will be discussed.

Professional development sessions for Amici Curiae friends, volunteers, and institutional partners:

  • Health Care Decision-Making: Rights and Responsibilities
    • Wednesday, September 18 (11:15 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 5151 Oak Street (VanDusen Botanical Garden)
    • This free event (Talks + Tables) features a presentation by Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, on rights and responsibilities around health care decision-making.

For individuals with a disability and their families, friends, caregivers, and support workers:

  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Workshop
    • Thursday, September 19 (11:00 am – 1:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 312 Main St. (Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation)
    • Cost: $65 for one seat, $90 for two seats.
    • This workshop will explain how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability.
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Workshop
    • Thursday, September 12 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm)
    • Webinar
    • Cost: $25 per person
    • This workshop will explain how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability.
  • Myths and Realities of Planning
    • Monday, September 23 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 1420 W. 12th Ave. (South Granville Seniors Centre)
    • In this free workshop, learn how Personal Planning is different from Estate Planning. Find out how to make your plans and where to register them.

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