A Changing Regulatory Environment and Planning Forward

November 1, 2020 Bren de LeeuwBC Lower Mainland 366 Views

EMC BC: Virtual Networking Event Summary

Navigating the regulatory environment and latest legislative requirements Provincially and Federally this year could probably be best compared to a particularly interesting roller coaster ride where you are not quite sure what is coming around the next corner! Needless to say, in keeping the well-being and safety of our employees always in mind, it is imperative to have good advisors, resources and legal counsel to stay abreast of the ever-changing requirements!

Earlier this year, when COVID-19 first began, we did our best to expedite a Legal Update on our obligations at that time.  As the months passed, and the second phase of COVID19 became a reality, we invited Eric Ito, Lawyer, now with Cooperwilliams Law in Vancouver, once again to share the latest insights from a legal perspective on this constantly “Changing Regulatory Environment and Planning Forward”! 

Our special Guest Speaker opened by sharing a couple of songs that speak to “change” in general – and if you are not familiar with these, I have attached some you-tube links in the song names below…  It is probably safe to say that everyone of us on the call could certainly relate to the fact that COVID has definitely become synonymous with the word “change” not to mention “flexible”, “adaptable” and “pivotable”!  So when you have a moment, tune into these oldies but goodies:

The Times They are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Changes – David Bowie

Without a doubt, there was an incredible amount of information shared during this session!  And as always, lots of questions relating to examples in-house.  There is a recording of the Event and a Presentation available as well.  Please reach out to me if you would like to review those or if you would like to be connected with Eric for further information.

Elements of our discussion included:

Back to School Planning

  • Impact on the Employees
  • Impact on the Business
  • Regulatory Obligations – Employment Standards and Human Rights
  • Discrimination on the Basis of Family Status
  • Accommodation Processes and Requests
  • Employer Preparedness

Workforce Restructuring and Layoffs

  • Legislative Update – Employment Standards, Emergency Benefits
  • Potential Permanent Layoffs
  • Restructuring

Employee Mental Health During COVID-19

  • The Business Case:  Loss of Productivity, Increases in Attrition; Increased
  • Costs/Benefit Claims/Workers Compensation Claims

Eric Ito, Lawyer, now with Cooperwilliams Law in Vancouver, Excellence in manufacturing




  • Mental Health and Occupational Safety
  • Mental Health and Human Rights
  • Best Practices for Remote Workplaces
  • Resources for Employers

Occupational Health and Safety Update

  • WorkSafe BC:  Presumptive Workplace Injury

Racism in the Workplace

  • Changing Dialogue
  • Employer Awareness
  • The Legal Aspect – Human Rights; Occupational Health and Safety; Court
  • Employer Preparedness

No doubt we will be revisiting current legislative issues as 2021 unfolds – what needs to be reviewed, what will be new at that time, and what best practices might we consider having in place.

Very special thanks to Eric Ito, Cooperwilliams Law, for such an excellent and in-depth presentation – we truly appreciated his expertise and overview and look forward to having him visit with us again in the future!  Thanks Eric!

Eric Ito

Lawyer, Cooperwilliams Law

And, on behalf of EMC – very special thanks to all of our participants as well for taking the time out of your busy day to join in on this virtual presentation and discussion! 

All the best as always!

Stay safe and stay well!

Bren de Leeuw

Western Canada Operations and
Vice President – Community Partnerships & Stakeholder Relations
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