Employment Standards & Benefits   

BC Labour Standards

The BC Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that apply in most workplaces in British Columbia.

It covers such areas as minimum wage, minimum daily pay, meal breaks, paydays and payroll records, overtime, uniforms and special clothing, deductions, statutory holidays, severance pay, annual vacation, vacation pay, employing children under 15, leave from work, pregnancy leave, parental leave, bereavement leave, collective agreements, and resolving disputes.

Here are some basic BC Labour benefits:

• Vacation Pay = 4% (or two weeks)
• Canada Pension Plan = 4.95%
• Employment Insurance = 1.78%
• Worker's Compensation = $1.54
• Statutory Holidays = 9 days.

In British Columbia, employees are entitled to nine holidays with pay each year:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • BC Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day

Most BC employers also give Boxing Day as a paid holiday.

For more information contact the Government of BC Employment Standards Branch at http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_96113_01.

Unionized Labour

Additional rights and privileges may be granted to unionized employees and employees covered by a collective agreement. For more information, please contact the Labour Relations Board at http://www.lrb.bc.ca/, or the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau at http://www.lrb.bc.ca/caab/.

Canada Labour Code

The Canada Labour Code applies only to employment under federal jurisdiction. This means that it applies to approximately 10% of the Canadian workforce, which would include those working in industries such as radio or television broadcasting.

The Canada Labour Code Employment Standards offers information pamphlets on the following topics:

• Hours of Work
• Minimum Wages
• Annual Vacations
• General Holidays
• Maternity-Related Reassignment and Leave
• Maternity Leave and Parental Leave
• Termination of Employment
• Severance Pay
• Payment of Wages
• Wage Recovery
• Garnishment of Wages
• Deductions from Wages
• Sick Leave Protection
• Injured Worker Protection
• Bereavement Leave
• Unjust Dismissal
• Sexual Harassment

Information on the Canada Labour Code can be found online at: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/L-2/index.html