The Government of British Columbia is introducing a new Limitation Act, setting out the time limit people have to file civil law suits in British Columbia. On October 2, 2012, the Government announced that the new Limitation Act will come into effect on June 1, 2013.
This is relevant for employers who may be subject to court actions for breach of an employment contract, such as wrongful dismissal. Presently in British Columbia, such a claim can be made up to six years from the date of the termination or other incident giving rise to the claim. The new Limitation Act will change that to a two year period.
We will give more detail on specific aspects of the Act relevant to employers in subsequent posts.