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BC Labor Laws for the Working Poor

Many 1000's of working poor probably don't know their rights as workers, as well as depending on a full time, min wage job, to pay rent, they might know their rights but won't say anything because of the fear of losing their job.

Many companies and including chain corporations that employ 1000's of employees take advantage of their employees lack of understanding their rights as employees and work them for over 7 hours with out a break or a small 15 min break.

I have asked people about when you get a break, and many think you have to work a full 8 hour day to get a 30 min unpaid break. These people work in companies that employ 1000's of working poor and they all accept this as a truth.

Meal breaks

An employee must not work more than five ( 5 ) hours in a row without a 30-minute meal break

Overtime

  •  If you work 7 days a week you get pain time and a half for the day that had the shortest hours, ( 7hr+7hr+7hr+7hr+7hr+7hr+6hr ) 6hour day is time and a half .
  •  If you work over 8 hours, every hour over 8 hours is time and a half.
  •  If you work over 12 hours, it's double time . Example is a 13 hour day = 8 hours regular pay, 4 hours time and a half, and double time for the 1 hour.  

Hours of Work and Overtime Fact sheet

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/factsheets/hours-of-work-and-overtime

Uniforms and Special Clothing, Employers are supposed to cover the cost of keeping your uniform clean, but often expect the employee to cover it.

  •  If an employer requires an employee to wear a uniform or special clothing, the employer must provide, clean and maintain it at no cost to the employee.
  •  Special clothing is any garment that creates an image specific to the employer and identifies employees to customers. Special clothing includes a requirement to wear the garments that the business is currently selling. A dress code (no jeans, no cut-offs, dark clothing, business casual) is not a uniform.
  •  Employers and employees may make an agreement for the employer to reimburse employees for cleaning and maintaining special clothing.
  •  Personal safety equipment required by Work Safe BC regulations is not considered special clothing, unless the equipment also associates the wearer with the image or identity of the employer.

https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/uniforms-and-special-clothing

The working poor should be better supported with employment laws, and educations for the rights of employees as well as holding up employers that don't follow these laws for employees. There should be over sight to protect employees built into the way an employer pays an employee.

  • If an Employer requires an employee to where a uniform then the allowance for keeping his or hers uniform clean should show within the pay statement like taxes and other deductions.
  • The daily hours should show in the pay statement including  the break taken with the sign off sign on 30 min break,  if the shift was over 5 hours.
  • In the daily hours the over time should be added in the pay statement if over time was worked .

This should be made mandatory that the employer submits extra details per pay day within the pay statement. This in effect would be an over site requirement to better support the working poor making sure that the working poor are not being taken advantage of and keeping Corporations and Companies on the straight and narrow with their workers.

That being said the Working Poor should have better more supportive Labor Laws that enhance the well being of any hourly working person.

  •  A laborer should get a 30 min break every 4 hours as this is the middle of most 7-8 hour shift and a perfect time to recharge. ( As a laborer, I start to burn out quickly after 4 hours constant work ) 
  •  A laborer should get a quick break every 2 hours. The 30 min break after 4 hours would not be a paid break , but the quick break 10-15 mins would be paid .

This type of breaking time would help a person get through a 12 - 16 hour shift more effectively, ( in a 12 hour shift there would be 2, 30 min breaks, and 3, 10-15 min break. )

The bonus to the employers is a more productive work force because they are regenerated more frequently, and therefore would be more productive .

  •  The 10-15 min quick breaks would not be mandatory. But if given the quick break time 10-15 min  should be made tax deductible for the business.
  •  If breaks are to be given these breaks should be reported in the pay stubs. ( 8 hour day, quick break at 2 hours, 30 min break at 4 hours, 2 hours another break, ).

Currently the pay stub does not show the daily detail but hours worked in a 2 week pay period, over time, deductions etc.

Other tax break incentives for employers to offer their employees could be,

  • Medical, dental, eye and hearing care, physiotherapy, and any health related care.
  • Education and Training.
  • Work Clothing.
  • Extra activities beyond work that could include a massive range of things from fitness centers, to out door activities, vacations and trips.

A labor law and tax break reward system could be implemented to enhance the well being of any hourly working person, with the reward to the business 10 fold as they have a more productive staff, and get tax breaks for money spent for the well being of their employees. The tax breaks given for businesses for the well being of employees could have 2 other effects ,

1. By offering the tax breaks to employers for the well being of employees it could encourage businesses to flock to BC to get those tax breaks while increasing the well being of the workforce.

2. It would be a model for the rest of the Provinces to follow to keep businesses in their Provinces, showing that BC is more then open for business it's leading the way for Businesses , employees and Government to work as a team to build the province.    

The current labor laws are in need a massive overhaul that would benefit employers and employees .

Wage Theft and Workplace Abuse: Report Shows Need for Employment Standards Overhaul

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/05/08/Wage-Theft-Workplace-Abuse/

Article in The Tyee on new BC Employment Standards Coalition Summary Report

http://bcemploymentstandardscoalition.com/

BC Employment Standards Act Needs to Change Summary report [PDF]

http://bcemploymentstandardscoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Summary-Report-Workers-Stories-of-Exploitation-and-Abuse.pdf


Direct Party Representation (Proportional)

The number of votes a party receives is the number of votes they have in the legislature. How the candidates are chosen is less important, so geographical representatives may still be elected, but their individual legislative weight will be according to the actual electoral votes (or their party/ceilinged at their share of their party vote) they receive. In a system like this, even if the current (arguably gerrymandered) constituencies are retained, the Green Party with only 3 MLA's would accordingly wield ~14.65 seats worth of authority on legislative votes in the Assembly irregardless. And a lot of the criticisms that pro-FPTP-er's have of most proportional electoral reform is avoided -- geographical representation (can) be retained, legislature size can be as large or small as is efficient, and Independent candidates may still be elected to the Assembly (unlike in many proportional systems), you can even retain most of the local plurality/FPTP system (or pair it with proportional/mixed systems for MLA election). This also has the "added benefit" (depending on your perspective, of course) of limiting the inclusion of "radical" third parties into the legislature, if they are incapable of achieving a plurality in any constituency, which would be one of the few instances in which votes could still be "wasted" (if there is no candidate elected to the Assembly to represent that party's proportion, presumably invalidating those votes). Of course, this may be explicitly prevented by a provision ensuring the election of at least one or more candidate if a modest at-wide popular vote threshold of 5% or so is reached (a standard, efficient quota from my understanding). As the final voting weight is to be party proportional, the weight that individual MLA's have on legislative votes should be according to their seat's share of the proportion of electoral votes their caucus represents at-wide. E.g. Sassafrass Party received 30% of the popular vote, and has 5 seats in the 87 BC Assembly. They all stand as one happy caucus for their terms. So each of those 5 MLA's has a vote weight representative of 6% of the popular vote. Further specificity from their is not currently relevant (so I haven't bothered thinking about it much), but presumably it's best to just keep it as an equivalent share of the caucus popular vote for simplicities sake. Thanks if you read this whole way, just spitballin' over electoral reform that (hopefully) achieves some balance with the concerns of critics and the possibilities for a more direct 21st century democracy. It'd be very interesting to see something like this in BC's eventual future, I think.


Allow Filtering for Motorcycles

With the increase of accidents caused by distracted driving, motorcycles being rear ended is a major concern. It has been proven that filtering saves motorcyclist lives. Please look into introducing legislation to allow filtering for motorcycles.


Cannabis Legislation

As a person who works at a Medical Cannabis Dispensary I hope the party will take the time to discover Patients want to deal with us and NOT LP's or Corporations such as Drug Stores/Liquor Stores. There is a Muti-Billion $ Industry just waiting for the opportunity to be Legitimized and acting as if we are the bad guys and only Corporations can be involved is So Anti-Green it hurts. Ask the Industry what we want not outsiders and Profiteers.


Social Media Observation

I was noticing within Twitter and Facebook,

BC Green party has 10.7 K followers

https://twitter.com/BCGreens?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

BC Liberals has 14.8 K followers

https://twitter.com/bcliberals?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

BC NDP has 19.9 K followers

https://twitter.com/bcndp?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Green Party BC Facebook has 11,914 likes

https://www.facebook.com/BCGreens/

BC Liberals have 21,229 likes

https://www.facebook.com/BCLiberals/

BC NDP have 28,218 likes

https://www.facebook.com/bcndp/

If an Election was based on Social Media NDP would be the next Government in BC.

Social Media is a powerful communications tool just look at how it helped Trump get into power.

BC Green Party needs to step up their game within Social Media, to get the word out and spread to more people. More Twitter and Facebook communications and links connecting Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Live stream, and every other avenue of Social Media Communication linked together that informs people about the BC Green Party .


BC Trophy hunt

I think that the majority of the public would support a complete ban on trophy hunting of bears as stated in the Green Book back in 2001. I understand the reasons for Andrew's proposal to the house a few years back. It included an exception for meat hunting, but, had he consulted with those who have been fighting this issue for years, he might have understood the backlash and the predictable "we eat the meat" rhetoric from the guide outfitters when they had previously shunned the practice. The bottom line it seems is that without trophy hunting, guide outfitters would be out of a job. Foreign hunters are not going to pay the big bucks for meat with no trophy. Many animal rights organizations and advocates are really upset about the weak policy and are twisting it all out of proportion. The Greens need to keep them happy and onside by being very strong and uncompromising on this issue; currently the backlash from them is getting very nasty. Also, if we could somehow address the GOABC revenue losses, even though they are probably few, with some sort of incentives and education. I moved from north Vancouver and have now lived in the rural Kootenays for over 15 years. My distain for hunting, likely fueled by the sport hunt, has been modified somewhat. There are many sustinance hunters here who share the opinion that hunting for sport is not ethical and are not happy that they get painted with the same brush. We might be able to get them more active on this issue by letting them know that the practice of trophy hunting is likely giving all hunting a bad reputation. To be fair, we should question the TROPHY hunting of all species, because really, how is one species 'better' than the other? How would we monitor this? Would we make it illegal to possess body parts such as skulls, etc, and/or require possession thereof for educational purposes etc. to be licenced with full disclosure as to where and how the owner aquired them?


Raising Taxes and Cost in BC and Canada

The fact is at some point or some where we are going to pay more taxes and higher cost's for something like,

What British Columbians will pay more for in 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-taxes-2017-1.3903691

People don’t like hearing about raising taxes to pay for things like better education, better health care or infrastructure, but that’s why we pay taxes . We pay taxes for things we need or needs to be fixed, upgraded, built or for extra services that people need that may not be profitable but are needed for the support of the population . I would much rather have a government spend our tax dollars on the general population then,

Canadians pay hefty $684B bill in business subsidies over 30 years, study shows

http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/canadians-pay-hefty-684b-bill-in-business-subsidies-over-20-years-study-shows

Canada's $6.4 billion corporate welfare budget

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/canadas-64-billion-corporate-welfare-budget

[PDF]Government subsidies in Canada: A $684 billion ... - Fraser Institute

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/government-subsidies-in-canada-a-684-billion-price-tag(1).pdf

The Government is supposed to be there for the people, the general population, not for profits of a few Corporations and the very rich .

John Robson: Corporate welfare is all about trading favor's and buying influence

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-robson-corporate-welfare-is-all-about-trading-favours-and-buying-influence

BC’s Massive Tax Giveaway to the Rich

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/02/17/BC-Tax-Giveaway-to-the-Rich/

I would much rather have my taxes spent on the general population needs then the needs of the Corporations. I think the Green Party understands the mismanagement of where our taxes are going and who is benefiting. I am not benefiting the way I need yet the Corporations are doing quite well in BC and Canada’s Corporate Welfare System.

Don’t think for a moment that taxes won’t be raised or prices of things wont go up no matter who gets voted into power. The question is do you want someone that is voted in power for the general population benefit or the Corporations benefit.

I hear about cuts to programs and support services because we don’t have enough money but yet Corporations Welfare System is doing just fine, but we don’t hear about that. We hear the Government doesn’t have enough money for programs for services and therefore they have to cut those non-profitable services from our system.

Non-Profitable services is something that is needed for the general population if raising taxes gives us those non-profitable services then raise the taxes OR CUT THE CORPORATE WELFARE SYSTEM !!! And put OUR TAX DOLLARS BACK INTO the HANDS of the GENERAL POPULATION'S NEED'S FIRST before the needs of the CORPORATE WELFARE need's !!!

Examples of Non-Profitable NEEDS are things like Education, Infrastructure, Health Care, and a ton of services for helping the general population in need of a range of services that are not profitable but are needed .


Treat Chronic Lyme Disease

1. Address the recommendations in the Schmidt Report which was commissioned by the BC Liberals to look into the state of Lyme disease in BC, but was covered up because the findings were so damning of the government. 2. Overhaul the Complex Chronic Disease Program in Vancouver from the top down. This clinic doesn't do what it was set up to do - treat chronic Lyme disease. 3. Allow people to have free access to see Naturopathic Doctors as an option. Right now, people with Lyme disease can only get treatment from ND's in BC or Lyme specialists in the US, and both of these options are too expensive for many people so they can't afford any treatment.


New Education, for the Development of Alternative, Environmentally, Sustainable, Energy Sources.

Solar and Wind we hear about a lot as alternative energy sources. But not so often do we hear about Water Electrolysis, for an alternative fuel source, in cars we use every day. 

Water Powered Car – It Doesn’t Matter If It’s From Your Tap, Bottled or Lake

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/07/28/water-powered-car-unveiled-yes-its-real/

A Japanese company called Genepax unveiled their water powered car in 2008 in Osaka, Japan. It doesn’t matter if it’s tap, bottled, or lake water, any type of water can make this car run.

An energy generator splits the water molecules to produce hydrogen and this is used to power the car. They use a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) to split the Hydrogen from the Oxygen through a chemical reaction. The cell needs only water and air, eliminating the need for a hydrogen reformer and high pressure hydrogen tank.

Water molecules are broken down into hydrogen and oxygen gas atoms in a capacities cell by a polarization and resonance process dependent upon the dielectric properties of water and water molecules. The gas atoms are thereafter ionized or otherwise energized and thermally combusted to release a degree of energy greater than that of combustion of the gas in ambient air.

Patents

http://www.google.com/patents/US5149407

We need to put our development of Alternative, Environmentally, Sustainable, Energy Sources, Like Wind, Solar, and Water Electrolysis, into high gear so we can claim our independence away from fossil fuels as other countries are doing.


MSP Flat Tax not eligible as medical expense on income tax return.

Not only is MSP a flat tax which is in favour of the wealthy, but it is not eligible as a medical expense on our Tax Return because it is paid to the government and not to a private provider. Disposing with the monthly premium and implementing a medical services premium based on income solves both these inequalities.


Support Biotechnology in BC's Agricultural and Silvicultural Industries

One of the Green platform planks is increasing BC agriculture's resilience in the face of climate change and ability to provide for BC's own consumption, including a target of 30% increase in productivity over 2001 levels. With BC already being a leader in technological industries and biological research, we are well-positioned to make use of biotechnology to help improve BC's agricultural resilience, yields, and diversity. For example, a UBC team working with professor Joerg Bohlmann has conducted research into using genetic engineering to combat BC's devastating Mountain Pine Beetle; and a local small business called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a non-browning apple intended to reduce food waste. Elsewhere in the world, crops are being developed to resist the effects of climate change, by developing traits such as drought tolerance (for example, at the University of California San Diego) or resistance to insect pests whose range increases to grow with rising temperatures. Certain kinds of biotechnology-assisted pest control can also reduce the need for soil tillage, which promotes erosion and water runoff and impedes the growth of helpful organisms like earthworms and mycorrhizal fungi. The Greens should support the research, development, and deployment of agricultural biotechnology to improve BC's ability to provide stable supplies of natural resources to its growing population in the face of a changing climate.


Boost Vaccination Rates

As reported by the Frasher Health Institute in the CBC in August 2015 and by a UBC study in November 2016, among many other sources, vaccination rates in BC are below the threshold for effective herd immunity against infectious diseases. While Richmond has overall 90% vaccination rates, places such as West Vancouver have much lower rates around 60%. These low vaccination rates needlessly endanger children, and the Greens should commit to boosting vaccination rates among children. Kaiser Health News recently reported on an effective intervention in Michigan whereby parents were required to obtain vaccination waivers by consulting in-person with local public health departments. This proven strategy seems easy to implement and could be on way to help boost immunity rates. I also suggest the Greens commit to expanding the range of HPV vaccines provided for free to all children, boys and girls, to include HPV4, HPV9, and where applicable HPV2. This could help lower the incidence of cervical and anal cancers in BC.


Repeal Section 37.8 of the Employment Standards Act

Section 37.8 has created a culture of problematic labour practices among high technology companies in BC. Employers do not pay overtime wages or even straight pay for overtime hours; they do not ensure that employees have at least 32 consecutive hours free from work, instead often requiring or allowing their employees to work up to 7 days a week; they do not engage in overtime averaging agreements; they do not respect rules regarding statutory holidays; and generally engage in legally grey but distasteful practices like encouraging employees to sleep at the office or in the parking lot in order to maximize the amount of time they can spend at the office in a day. In addition, companies tangentially related to technology, such as animation and film visual effects, have been using Section 37.8 as justification for engaging in similar practices. The standards are inconsistently enforced by the Employment Standards Branch, with similar cases being treated wildly differently depending on who has been assigned to the file. I suggest the Greens commit to repealing Section 37.8, such that common-sense labour laws can be rightfully enforced in the tech sector just as with most other sectors. There are better ways to promote the technology industry than slashing labour rights.


Better Contraception Options/Coverage

In anticipation of FDA approval of Vasalgel entering human trials shortly, (and anticipation of female equivalent studies to follow-already started in India), I would like to see in writing contraception availability specifically including Vasalgel as it is better than any other option currently (affordable, long lasting, reversible, 100% effective[they say 98% but I haven't heard of failure yet], non-hormonal, no side effects ).


Carpooling On-Demand

With all the talk of Uber... Spare Rides is Vancouver created app that is carpooling on-demand. I would like to see more promotion of safe carpooling apps that actually reduces car trips unlike regular taxi services who drive empty to the pick-up location and then how often are just driving one person to their destination? I think there are some regulations around carpool vs taxi right now that might be hindering better/flexible carpool service.


Affordable Housing

Re: Tax on Capital Gains over $750k on principle residences. Suggest it be made clear that the capital gains calculated for the purposes of this tax would only start accruing when the tax is implemented. I was speaking to a couple that was very worried that this type of tax would be applied to the capital gains they have earned since they bought their house over 20 years ago. They have no pension or other retirement savings and are planning to use the proceeds from the sale of their principle residence as their retirement fund when they can no longer operate their small business. I'm sure the intention is to be prospective with the tax as it would only be fair that the full implications are know when making decisions regarding real estate and other investments.


Weekend Insurance

To increase ridership on transit and get cars of the road offer weekend insurance starting Friday and ending Sunday night (plus stat holidays)...at a 50% discount...that way people could still use their cars to buy groceries etc and visit family on weekends or go on holidays. Cod have different colour licence plate.


Home Grown Uber

Uber and other ride sharing apps are convenient and widely used, but also unsafe due to a lack of driver regulation, in addition the corporations that run these services are often predatory and untrustworthy. The BC government should create their own open-source app and host the service. The government would also be the ones responsible for running background checks and be gatekeepers for drivers by requiring a low cost (think $200) fee to become a driver. Drivers should keep the majority of the fees and perhaps be able to set their own prices. A home grown ride sharing service would let BC make ride sharing work for the people of the province instead of the pocket books of American corporations.


Rent increases

Why does the government allow landlords to increase rent yearly by percentages set by the government ..... ???? I am amongst many seniors who live on a fixed income .. my income does NOT go up as much as my rent does every year ... landlords don't seem to have to justify increases .. they just do with the law allows them to do ... are you going to do something about this????


BC Ferries as part of the Trans Canada Highway System

More people are moving to Vancouver Island. The existing BC Ferry system would have a broader financial support base if it was treated like part of the Canadian Highway System. Fast affordable passenger ferries connecting to the Vancouver Airport and rapid transit. Where does our gas taxes go to? Not much of it goes to the highway system between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The powers that be can spend 3.8 billion on a bridge that connects to a highway that doesn't even go directly into downtown Vancouver


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