British Columbia Employment Law (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

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Part Time: February 02, 2021 – April 27, 2021

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This course examines British Columbia’s employment laws, and students will gain a foundational understanding of the various aspects of the province’s employment law regime. This course is valuable for paralegals seeking to understand the rights and obligations of ​British Columbia employers and employees in both unionized and non-unionized environments. ​Paralegals currently working in the field will value the important updates that this course will provide.

Course Prerequisites

None. However, this course is best suited for paralegals, legal assistants, human resources professionals and in-house legal staff. 

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course students will have increased knowledge in:

1. Employment Contracts

  • The Contract of Employment and its contents
  • Termination of the employment contract
  • Wrongful dismissal

2. The Employment Standards Act of British Columbia

  • Application of the Act
  • Terms of employment set out in the Act
  • Minimum wages, deductions, payroll records
  • Hours of work, overtime, statutory holidays
  • Different types of leave
  • Termination of employment
  • Complaints, appeals, offences and penalties

3. Human Rights, Discrimination and Privacy Issues

4. Workers’ Compensation, Workplace Health and Safety

5. The Labour Relations Code and Trade Unions


Heidi Bachert-Burke

Heidi Bachert-Burke brings more than 20+ years of progressive knowledge and experience working as a Human Resources professional. A majority of these years were with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, where she worked in a Senior Management HR & Administration role for news and multimedia platforms. Her responsibilities included managing the  full spectrum of HR and administrative activities for multiple domestic and international locations; ensuring compliance and managing risk in unionized & non-unionized workplaces; analyzing data and providing evidence-based results; implementing and directing best practices and strategies to meet organizational goals & diversity initiatives; partnering with stakeholders and providing guidance and mentorship to her direct reports.

At Ashton College (Vancouver campus), Heidi teaches all six Human Resources Management CPHR core competency courses (both in-class and online), including Professional Practices of Human Resource Management, HR Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness & Strategy,  Employee & Labour Relations & Occupational Health and Safety, Recruitment. Retention & Selection, Organizational Learning, Training & Development, Total Rewards, as part of the Diploma in Human Resources Management Program.

Heidi is a Faculty Award winner, recognized for improving students’ performance and engagement, sparking inspiration, developing their analytical reasoning skills, and re-conceptualizing their way of thinking. In addition to applying work-related, industry experience, she uses learner-centred teaching methods such as active, cooperative and inductive learning, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to engage and encourage students to collaborate. Heidi remains current and relevant by reading professional journals, articles, trade press, and researching. She shares her work and meets with other professionals to discuss ideas and connections. She mentors students. She also volunteers with her local BC municipal arts council.

Heidi has a BA in International Relations and Sociology and an MA in Political Science. She continues to set her sights on career development, learning and personal growth.

*Subject to change without notice


Live Online

Part Time:

  • February 02, 2021 – April 27, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • British Columbia Employment Handbook, Third Edition. Harris & Company. Lexis Nexis. 2020. ISBN: 9780433504740.


The registration fee for this course is $995.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience. 

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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