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BC Employment Standards Branch

The Employment Standards Branch administers and enforces the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.

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Interpretation Guidelines Manual for the BC Employment Standards Act & Regulations

This manual sets out how the Employment Standards Branch interprets the BC Employment Standards Act and its regulations. Topics include hiring employees, wages, hours of work/overtime, statutory holidays, leaves, jury ...
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Employment Standards: Statutory Holidays in British Columbia

Information about the rules for statutory holidays under BC law.
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Employment Standards: Hours of Work and Overtime

Explains what the BC law says about hours of work and working overtime. Includes averaging agreements and variances.
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Employment Standards: Making a Complaint

This page explains the steps involved in resolving employment disputes. Includes filing a complaint, investigation, mediation, hearing, decision, and appealing a decision.
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Employment Standards: Getting Paid for Work

Information about how wages must be paid under BC law. Includes minimum wage, minimum daily pay, deductions, keeping records, overtime pay, tips & gratuities, uniforms & special clothing.
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Employment Standards: Mediation Factsheet

Mediation is one of the ways that the Employment Standards Branch encourages employers and employees to resolve disputes. This fact sheet describes the mediation process, the role of the mediator, how to prepare, and ...
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Employment Standards: Quitting, Getting Fired or Laid Off

Information about termination of employment for both employees and employers as it applies under the Employment Standards Act. Includes information about paying final wages, giving written notices, paying compensation, ...
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Employment Standards: Taking Time Off

Information about when employees can take time off work for vacation or for unexpected life situations. Includes maternity & parental leave, family responsibility leave, compassionate care leave, bereavement leave, ...
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Employment Standards: Do They Apply to You?

The Employment Standards Act and Regulation set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces in British Columbia. This page explains a number of provisions that limit or exclude coverage for ...
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Working in BC Information Sheet

This information sheet explains the rights of employees in BC. Includes minimum wage, tips, minimum daily pay, meal breaks, pay days & payroll records, overtime, averaging agreements, uniforms & special clothing, ...
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