Before approving the change, Horgan and Bains this week argued businesses and employees could partner to apply to the employment standards branch to avoid severance under Section 72 of the Employment Standards Act.
“I think the premier thought they’d found a solution through Section 72 of the act,” said Greg D’Avignon, president of the B.C. Business Council. “But there are 250,000 small businesses that have fewer than 50 employees in B.C. and they just don’t have that capacity now to be filing out forms in a day or two in order to keep their businesses alive and avoid personal and business insolvency legislation.”