Process Overview

As the first stage of a broad consultation process in early 2018, the Review Panel called for written submissions from interested organizations and individuals, asking for their views on amendments to the Labour Relations Code. Written submissions were accepted until March 20, 2018.

With the benefit of having received the written submissions, public consultations were held in communities around B.C. throughout March and April. As well, anyone who made a submission was invited to provide a response to other submissions if they wished, by April 24, 2018.

After considering this feedback, the Review Panel prepared and submitted their report, “Recommendations for Amendments to the Labour Relations Code”, to the Minister of Labour at the end of August 2018.

The report was made public in October 2018. Following the report’s release, written submissions on the panel’s report and recommendations were accepted until November 30, 2018.

Organizational and expert submissions, from both the consultation stage and the report review stage, have been made public (see below), to demonstrate transparency of the process and show different perspectives on the topic.


Submission Criteria:

In order for organizational/expert submissions to be publicly posted, submissions had to meet the following criteria:

  1. does not contain profanity or is defamatory, threatening, hateful, personally disparaging, harassing, indecent, vulgar, obscene, illegal, immoral or sexually explicit (partially masking profanity or other unacceptable language by substituting asterisks or other symbols into a word is not acceptable if the word remains recognizable);
  2. does not appear to, or does not actually, infringe the copyright, trade-mark, right of privacy, right of publicity or any other intellectual property or other proprietary right of any third party;
  3. does not contain information about, or images (e.g., photographs, videos or illustrations) of, any person other than the person submitting the content;
  4. does not advertise any product, person or organization, or direct attention to another website for personal gain;
  5. does not provide links to, or information about, other sites that contain unlawful, objectionable or inappropriate content;
  6. does not make unproven or unsupported accusations against individuals, groups or organizations;
  7. does not appear to be repetitive or a template letter writing campaign;
  8. is not far off-topic.

Private citizens were also encouraged to send in their written submissions.  In order to protect privacy and the personal stories that some citizens may want to share with government privately, private citizen submissions were not posted to this site unless requested by the person submitting. Private citizens’ emails had to meet the criteria above in order to be posted publicly.


Written Submissions:

Questions that served as a guide for developing submissions during the consultation stage included:

  • Which specific sections of the Labour Relations Code do you wish to see amended, and why?
  • What are your top issues or concerns with the existing Code?
  • How do your proposals promote certainty and harmonious and stable labour/management relations?
  • What are your experiences or thoughts about B.C.’s Code, as an employer, as a worker, as a labour lawyer, as a business association, or as a labour organization?
  • Is there anything else you would like the Labour Relations Code review panel to consider when developing their recommendations about amendments to the Code? Read the written submissions:


Read the written submissions from the consultation stage – spring 2018:

 

Read the written submissions on the Review Panel’s report – fall 2018: