Increases to BC Minimum Wage Announced

May 2016

Update by: Meaghan J. McWhinnie

On March 31, 2016, British Columbia became home to the lowest minimum wage in Canada at $10.45 per hour. However, that is set to change through two upcoming increases to the province’s minimum wage rate.

Last year, the B.C. government announced that it would index the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on the province’s 2015 CPI, the minimum wage this year was set to increase by 10 cents per hour. However, with British Columbia expected to lead the country in economic growth this year and next, the government has now announced an increase to the minimum wage rate beyond the province’s CPI indexed amount.

The BC government will increase the minimum wage in two stages:

  • Effective September 15, 2016: The first increase of 40 cents will take effect and bring the minimum wage rate to $10.85 per hour. This new rate includes the 10 cents scheduled for the 2015 CPI, plus an additional 30 cents.
  • Effective September 15, 2017: A second increase of 30 cents plus an amount based on the 2016 CPI (estimated to be 10 cents) will take effect and bring the minimum wage rate to $11.25. The minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase by the same amounts and on the same dates as the general minimum wage. The differential of $1.25 between the general minimum wage and liquor server minimum wage will continue to apply.Employers paying the minimum wage will need to increase their wage budgets and consider labour efficiencies. Employers will also have to consider increases to employees earning near minimum wage, such as supervisors and lead hands, to ensure appropriate wage differences are preserved.
  • The daily rate for live-in home-support workers and live-in camp leaders as well as the monthly rates for resident caretakers and the farm-worker piece rates will also increase in amounts proportionate to the general minimum hourly wage increases.
  • The 2016 CPI will be available from Statistics Canada by March 2017.

Thomas A. Roper Q.C. Publishes Article in the Business Council of British Columbia Human Capital Law and Policy Newsletter

April 2016

Thomas A. Roper Q.C. published the article “Federal Liberals Reverse Conservative Labour Legislation – Does the Certification Model Have an Effect on Union Density?” in the April 2016 Business Council of British Columbia Human Capital Law and Policy newsletter.

The article discusses what Bill C-4 and the card-check system will mean for union density in Canada.

Click here to read the full article.

Roper Greyell Ranked in the 2016 Edition of Chambers Global

March 2016

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has once again been ranked as a leading employment and labour law firm in the 2016 edition of  Chambers GlobalThomas A. Roper Q.C.Delayne Sartison Q.C. and Gregory J. Heywood were ranked individually.

About Chambers Global

Chambers Global is a well-respected legal publication that ranks the world’s best lawyers and law firms. Rankings are based on in-depth research and interviews conducted by over 150 highly qualified researchers.

Roper Greyell Featured on

March 2016

Our new office space at 745 Thurlow was designed to create a collaborative experience for both clients and employees. For more details please read our article on

We’re on the Move! New office, new look

February 2016

We are pleased to introduce our new look and new office space at 745 Thurlow. While our location and look are different, what remains unchanged is our commitment to providing clients with the highest quality legal representation and strategic advice in all areas of workplace law.

Please note our new address:

Roper Greyell LLP
1850 – 745 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5

Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

Roper Greyell Ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Labour and Employment Boutique Law Firms

January 2016

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has been ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer’s top 10 labour and employment boutique firms in Canada. “Roper Greyell has long been noted for excellence, and Tom Roper particularly is undoubtedly one of the leading labour lawyers in the nation” said one survey participant.

Canadian Lawyer selected Canada’s top labour and employment boutique firms by asking in-house counsel and senior lawyers from larger firms to rank notable boutique firms from a shortlist generated by editorial staff.

View article here.

About Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Canadian Lawyer is a Thomson Reuters publication that is published 11 times a year. Reporting on the Canadian legal landscape, Canadian Lawyer delivers focused editorial content for lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, law professors, and students-at-law.

Thomas A. Roper Q.C. Inducted Into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

November 2015

Thomas A. Roper Q.C. was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers at a ceremony in Philadelphia, PA on November 7, 2015.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is the preeminent body of labour and employment lawyers in North America. Election as a Fellow is the highest form of recognition by one’s peers for outstanding professional achievement, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence in the area of labour and employment law. This honour is a reflection of Tom’s dedication and exceptional service to clients, colleagues and the community.

“Tom has been an outstanding leader in the labour and employment law profession and community for over 40 years. His work has assisted and guided employers in virtually every facet of our economy. This recognition by the College is an acknowledgment of Tom’s outstanding talent, dedication, service and overall contribution to the development of labour and employment law in North America.” Delayne Sartison Q.C.

Tom’s induction to the College is the latest in a series of recent awards celebrating his significant contributions to the legal and human resource management communities. In 2014, he was honoured with the Peter S Hyndman Mentorship Award for mentorship within the legal profession, and in April of this year, he was presented with the 2015 Honorary Lifetime Membership from The Human Resources Management Association (HRMA).

Tom continues his work as one of the founding partners of Vancouver law firm, Roper Greyell LLP. Roper Greyell is one of Western Canada’s largest boutique employment and labour law firms.

About The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, was founded in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of The Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It began as a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. It has now evolved to become an intellectual and practical resource for the support of the profession and its many audiences.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Christopher Munroe

November 2015

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome new associate, Christopher Munroe to the firm. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Chris articled and practiced at a national firm in Vancouver. Chris was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Partner, Geoffrey Howard

October 2015

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Geoffrey Howard to the partnership.

Geoff brings 26 years of in-depth knowledge and experience to the partnership table, having formerly been a senior partner in the labour and employment group at one of Canada’s largest national law firms.

Geoff’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment disputes in the courts and tribunals. Geoff is a skilled and resourceful litigator who passionately represents his clients with high attention to detail.

“The addition of Geoff to our partnership further strengthens our employment and labour practice, adding top-tier litigation expertise that will benefit our public and private sector clients,” said Tom Roper, Roper Greyell’s Chair. “We are very excited to welcome Geoff to Roper Greyell. Geoff shares our values and commitment to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation and strategic advice in all areas of employment and labour law.”

Roper Greyell is Listed in the 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 Canada

October 2015

Roper Greyell is proud to be recognized as a leading firm in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Canada. In addition, Thomas A. Roper, Q.C. was also recognized individually as a leading employment and labour practitioner in Canada.

The Legal 500

One of the world’s largest legal referral guides, The Legal 500 has been analyzing and ranking the capabilities of law firms across the world for 27 years. Its comprehensive research programme is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

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