British Columbia Employment Law (Online)

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Part-Time:Sept 11, 2023 - Dec 18, 2023

Schedule: Webinars are held Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST

British Columbia Employment Law Overview

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.

For BC Realtors, attending this course can be counted towards Self-Directed PDP Hours.

British Columbia Employment Law Course Format

The British Columbia Employment Law course is delivered through our 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.

Admission Requirements

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


Subject to change without notice

Heidi Bachert-Burke

Heidi Bachert-Burke - Ashton College Instructor

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.

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. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Ndaba Dube

Ndaba DubeNdaba, passionately known as Andy, is a lifelong learner and human resources professional with more than 20 years of 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 for one of the municipalities in British Colombia. Andy also works as a part-time Independent Consultant through his consulting company, Crater Leadership Consultants.

Su-Yan Gay

Su-Yan Gay is a Human Resources 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 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.

Catalina Policzer

Catalina has worked in generalist and specialist HR roles for over ten years. She is currently the Senior Manager, HR & Operations at the Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Before then, her work experience includes Senior Manager, Engagement and Operations Director at the Sauder School of Business, HR Adviser for Central HR at UBC, and HR Manager for Harvest Power. Catalina also spent years working in various administrative roles before moving into an HR career. She completed her Human Resources Diploma through BCIT in 2009 and obtained her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) in 2011.

Claudia Roubaud

Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions. She 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 several continuing education certificates.




  • Sept 11, 2023 – Dec 18, 2023
    • 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

  • Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, 4th Edition. Kelly Williams-Whitt, Adam Letourneau, TJ Schmaltz, Ryan Anderson, Kathryn J. Filsinger. 2021. ISBN: 9781772556179, 1772556173


The registration fee for this course is $995.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College offers education for all students with a unique online learning approach. A synchronous learning component provides real time interaction and immediate feedback. We use real time interactive sessions, breakout rooms, and screen-sharing. An asynchronous learning component allows students to work at their own pace. Our asynchronous learning materials include recorded real time lectures, online readings, and discussion forums. We encourage students, if possible, to use both components so as to enjoy interactivity and community of real-time learning as well as studying at their own pace. This approach ensures students have support and resources to achieve their educational goals.

For synchronous sessions, 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 program/course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. As such, PTIB did not review the program/course.

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