British Columbia Employment Law (Live Online)

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Part Time: July 05, 2022 – September 27, 2022

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British Columbia Employment Law


The British Columbia Employment Law course examines the legal framework of British Columbia’s (BC) employment system. Students will gain a foundational understanding of the various aspects of the province’s employment law regime from this course.

The professional world revolves around employment, so having knowledge of the laws governing employment in your province will give you an advantage in your career. Although there are commonalities in employment laws across Canada, every province in the nation has a unique set of employment laws that you should be aware of.

To gain a full understanding of employment law in BC, students will become familiar with the legislation and various regulating bodies that oversee this area of law. Through this course, students will become deeply familiar with BC labour laws and how they affect employers and employees.

Students will learn every aspect of BC employment law from how laws are made to how they are implemented, and how they are enforced.

Practical Application

Having knowledge of the employment standards BC has in place is valuable to anyone working within the province as well as for people working in organizations that have operations in BC. Internationally-trained professionals can use this course to reskill for the Canadian job market.

Lawyers working within the province or with large businesses will be able to use this knowledge to take on cases related to BC labour standards and regulations. Legal assistants and paralegals will be able to expand their responsibilities and assist lawyers in these cases relating to employment law. Human resources professionals will be able to better perform in their roles and ensure that both employers and employees are fulfilling their responsibilities according to BC employment laws as the course covers the rights and obligations of employers and employees in both unionized and non-unionized environments.

Continuing Professional Development

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) are encouraged to include this course as part of the CPHR Canada continuing professional development requirements.

British Columbia Employment Law Course Format

The British Columbia Employment Law course is delivered through our LIVE Online format, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection. Students can easily fit their studies into even the busiest schedule as this course is a part-time offering.

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


Ndaba Dube

Ndaba DubeNdaba, passionately known as Andy, is a life-long learner and human resources professional with more than 20 years’ combined leadership experience in the government, municipalities, and mining industry in Canada and abroad. Apart from teaching at Ashton college, Andy is currently a Human Resources Director in one of the municipalities in British Colombia. Andy also works as a part-time Independent Consultant through his consulting company, Crater Leadership Consultants.

Andy is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with a Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Leadership and two diplomas specializing in Training Management and Employment Law.  Andy is also an Ashton College graduate with a Diploma in Immigration Consulting.

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.

Su-Yan Gay

Su-Yan Gay is a human resources (HR) professional who brings over 15 years of HR experience to Ashton College. For over ten years, Su-Yan worked for a large crown corporation where she served as the Manager for Learning & Development. Her most recent position took her to Alberta, where she held a Senior HR Advisor role within a municipal government organization.

Based in Toronto, Su-Yan is currently managing her own HR consulting firm (NAYUS Consulting Group) where she is working with small business owners in the Caribbean, assisting them with their human resources and talent management needs.

Su-Yan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education degree (specializing in Adult Education) from Brock University, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from York University. In addition, she is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) and is currently pursuing becoming a Certified Executive Coach.

Claudia Roubaud

Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions that include: human resources, budgets and accounting, change management, risk management, project management, strategic business planning, business analysis, performance management systems, customer service, communications, etc.

Claudia has been with The City of Calgary municipality for over ten years in various capacities. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society (pre-Law) from the University of Calgary, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree from the University of Phoenix, as well as a number of continuing education certificates. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for informal and formal learning and development opportunities.

Rachael D’Silva

Rachael D’Silva is a Human Resources Professional with 15 years of experience working in Human Resources, Labour Relations, Occupational Health & Safety and Payroll. She has spent the last five years researching and incorporating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programs into the workplace. While she provides full spectrum HR support, she sees herself as an HR Specialist passionate about inclusion, belonging and safety, supporting businesses in the private and non-profit sectors. Rachael’s empathy and ability to cultivate strong relationships with clients and co-workers are what make her stand out as an HR Professional.

She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Catalina Policzer

Catalina has worked in both generalist and specialist HR roles for over 10 years.  She is currently the Senior Manager, HR & Operations at the Peter Allard School of Law.  Before then, her work experience includes Senior Manager, Engagement and OD at the Sauder School of Business, HR Advisor for Central HR at UBC, and HR Manager for Harvest Power. Catalina also spent many years working in various administrative roles before moving into an HR career.  She completed her HR Diploma through BCIT in 2009 and obtained her CPHR in 2011. 

Catalina is also a professional coach.  She completed the UBC Organizational Coaching Certification in 2020 and now works as an internal coach for [email protected]  


*Subject to change without notice


Live Online

Part Time:

  • July 05, 2022 – September 27, 2022
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 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 and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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