Employees are the heart and soul of many small businesses. This page provides more on hiring employees, the B.C. Employment Standards Act, and certifications your staff may be required to have.
The Employment Standards Act
In B.C., the Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that apply in most workplaces in British Columbia. The Act provides guidelines for:
- Minimum wage;
- Paydays and payroll records;
- Vacation time;
- Leave entitlements; and
- Notice or payment when an employee is terminated.
For more information, see A Guide to the Employment Standards Act.
Go2hr provides employer resources for job posting and training, with a focus on the tourism and hospitality industry in B.C.
Businesses that hire workers (full-time, part-time, casual or contract) are required by law to register with WorkSafeBC.
When you're covered by WorkSafeBC insurance, you're protected against lawsuits from injured workers. If a worker is injured or contracts an occupational disease while on the job during the course of employment, WorkSafeBC covers the worker's medical and wage-loss costs.
As an employer, you are required by WorkSafeBC to take reasonable steps to prevent or minimize workplace bullying and harassment.
To assist you in understanding these legal requirements, WorkSafeBC has launched a bullying and harassment prevention tool kit, which includes a handbook, fact sheets, videos, training tools and customizable templates.
Depending on the type of restaurant you have, your employees may be required to have the following certifications: