Last Friday, First Call submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Labour and The Law Institute of B.C. calling for better government protection for children who are working.
First Call’s recommendations provide a framework for the B.C. government to develop employment standards consistent with Canada’s commitment to establish 16 as the age for formal employment. Canada made this promise when the Prime Minister ratified the International Labour Organization’s Convention 138 in 2016.
The BC Employment Standard Coalition submitted recommendations on numerous employment standards in the province. On page 14-15 in their submission, they reference First Call’s advocacy and research on conditions of employment for children. The Coalition fully supports First Call’s submission and recommendations and also calls for legislated accommodation of family responsibilities, including employee consent, when shift schedule changes are proposed.