Lesson 2: Administrative and Labour Law

Topic 1: Explaining Administrative Law

What is Administrative Law?

All levels of government make laws and regulations that affect us every day. In addition, there are many agencies, boards and commissions that make regulations that affect us.

  • The provincial government makes laws about the minimum wage and number of hours that an employer has to give to an employee
  • The federal government makes laws about our right to employment insurance and the rates we pay for telephone service
  • Some professions, such as doctors and accountants, are governed by organizations that establish rules for practicing their professions

The resolution of disputes involving government laws and how they are applied is called administrative law. Visit www.AdminLawBC.ca to learn more and watch videos.

How Are Tribunals Involved?

If you disagree with a decision that a particular government agency has made, an administrative tribunal will hear your complaint and make a decision about your case. For example, if a federal government agency has denied you employment insurance benefits when you lost your job, an administrative tribunal would hear your complaint.

A tribunal is sometimes called a “board” or a “commission”. In BC, the procedures of tribunals are governed by the Administrative Tribunals Act, as well as the internal bylaws and regulations developed by each agency, tribunal, commission or board.