B.C. government off-side in changing the rules for amateur athletes?

As of three days ago, the Employment Standards Act no longer applies to players, entitled to scholarships, who play on major junior ice hockey teams in British Columbia. The Employment Standards Act contains protective provisions that set out minimum wages, maximum hours of work, overtime eligibility and so on.

Interestingly, there are currently two class action lawsuits pending in Alberta and Quebec against the Canadian Hockey League and its teams on  behalf of junior players alleging that the League conspired to force young players into signing contracts that breached minimum wage laws.

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