The legislature might no longer be in session, but that hasn’t stopped the province from banning mandatory high heels in the workplace.
The new rules come without an attendant piece of legislation, instead, being rolled out through a change to existing footwear regulations under the Workers Compensation Act.
In a statement Friday morning, Minister responsible for Labour Shirley Bond calls heels in some workplaces a safety issue.
“There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work,” reads the statement.
The province says workplace footwear rules must now weigh a number of safety factors – including foot support and the potential for musculoskeletal injury, along with slipping, tripping, crushing, and other common workplace hazards.
The province says new WorkSafeBC guidelines will be available to employers by the end of April.
Back in March, BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver proposed a bill that would ban mandatory high heels for female restaurant workers.
Premier Christy Clark publicly pledged to back the idea, but Weaver’s bill died when the legislature’s spring session ended.