La Plage has a program whereby it offers to purchase a new phone for employees once every two…
La Plage has a program whereby it offers to purchase a new phone for employees once every two years, with the company paying half of the cost. At the beginning of January 2021, Katniss decided to take part in the program. Her portion of the phone was $500. When she agreed, she signed a document agreeing that La Plage could deduct $50 per month from her cheque until the amount that she owes to the company is paid off.
Katniss pays for the service on the phone, including the long-distance minutes that she requires for her work. She does not normally require long distance and would not need to pay for the long-distance package if her work did not require it. This additional cost is $40 per month.
Write a well-organized answer that considers all of the issues related the BC Employment Standards Act that are raised by the fact pattern, whether or not you conclude that La Plage or Katniss would succeed on that issue or that any amounts are owing. You should state the general legal principle before you analyze how it applies to this fact scenario. Reference to applicable cases and statute sections will improve your response.
It is not necessary to provide a calculation of exact amounts owing to Katniss, if any. All that you need to provide is a general description in terms of rate, time or percentages. If you need more information to resolve a question, specify what information you would need and why.