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    Welcome to the Labour Relations Board -
    British Columbia Website

    COVID-19 UPDATE



    Since BC declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has continued to provide services to the public with three key modifications:

    (1) the reception services at 1066 West Hastings Street in Vancouver remain closed;

    (2) it conducts all proceedings and meetings using virtual platforms or phone, subject to the policies below; and

    (3) it conducts votes required by the Code using electronic voting, or by mail ballot as the exception, subject to the policies below.

    In accordance with BC’s Restart Plan, orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), information from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), and guidelines issued by WorkSafe BC, the Board has developed a number of policies aimed at ensuring that an in-person proceeding or vote can be conducted safely for all participants, including Board staff.

    As of July 2, 2020, and continuing in effect until further notice, the following policies apply to any request for an in-person proceeding:

    (1) Policy for the Conduct of In-Person Proceedings

    (2) Policy for the Conduct of In-Person Votes; and

    (3) Illness Policy


    These policies reflect our duties as an employer to protect the health and safety of Board staff. They also reflect our duty to protect the health and safety of members of public with whom we interact as we perform our duties and responsibilities under the Code.

    Board staff will, in large measure, continue to work from home. In addition, the Board’s premises will remain closed to drop-ins, with attendance by appointment only or where the Board has granted a request, or decided, to hold an in-person proceeding.

    These policies may be amended in response to changes to recommended safe operating requirements, as identified by the PHO, BCCDC, or WorkSafeBC.

    As we gain experience, together, in the context of a pandemic, we want to hear from you about what is working and what is not. We have benefitted immensely from the high degree of cooperation, problem-solving, and collaboration of the parties that have appeared before us since the Provincial state of emergency was declared. In that same spirit, we encourage you to provide your feedback to information@lrb.bc.ca so that we can consider your perspectives and experiences, and to refine our policies going forward.


    All correspondence initiating or relating to any proceeding under the Code should be sent by email to registrar@lrb.bc.ca

    NEW For more information about virtual proceedings, please see the following Links:

    LRB April 29th Announcement

    Guidelines for Online Proceedings

    Online Proceedings Etiquette

    Zoom for Online Proceedings

    Statutory Declarations

      • Until further notice, the Board is waiving the requirement under its Rules that a party file a sworn statutory declaration in support of applications under the Code, including, but not limited to, applications under Section 99 and Section 141

      • In lieu of a statutory declaration, parties may file an unsworn statement containing the same information and documents that would otherwise have been required in a sworn statutory declaration

      • The change is subject to the discretion of the Board or the panel assigned to require a sworn statutory declaration on a cases by case basis  

     

    If you have any questions or concerns about an active file, please contact us at registrar@lrb.bc.ca

     

    For any other questions please contact information@lrb.bc.ca



     

    ALL OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE GUIDES ON THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING CODE GUIDE, INFORMATION BULLETINS, AND PRACTICE GUIDELINES) IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED ON EXCEPT WITH CAUTION.  Please contact the Board's information officer at 604-660-1304 or information@lrb.bc.ca for more information about the review process.


    The BC Labour Relations Board is an independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces.

    The Labour Relations Code (the "Code") governs all aspects of collective bargaining amongst the provincially-regulated employers and employees. This includes the acquisition of collective bargaining rights, the process of collective bargaining, the settlement and regulation of disputes in both the public and private sectors, and the regulation of the representation of persons by their bargaining agents. 

    Important Information:

    Applications, submissions or other documents received by the Board after 4:00 p.m. will be treated as if received at 8:00 a.m. the next business day, unless special arrangements have been made in advance with the Registrar, Deputy Registrar or Case Administrator.

    The Labour Relations Board accepts applications (filled in application form attached to an e-mail) or submissions via e-mail. Place the appropriate word "Application" or "Submission" in the subject line of the e-mail, along with any relevant case numbers (if known for submissions) so it can easily be identified. Once the e-mail is received at the Labour Relations Board an auto-reply will automatically be sent back to the user acknowledging receipt of the correspondence. If you don't receive the auto-reply acknowledgement within a few minutes you must follow up with a phone call to the Labour Relations Board Receptionist at 604 660-1300. Explain the situation and you will be connected with the Registry Mail Clerk for follow up. Correspondence will be accepted at  registrar@lrb.bc.ca.


    LRB General Overview

    Video of general services provided by the Labour Relations Board   


    Mediation Services Video 

    Video of services provided by the Mediation Division of the Labour Relations Board   


    The "Contact Us' link sets out various ways to contact the Labour Relations Board.

    The "About Us" link provides general administrative information of the Labour Relations Board.


    BCLRB Timelines


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