Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS

ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Assignment of Wages


Contents:

Summary
Text of Legislation
Policy Interpretation
Related Information


Summary

This section contains definitions for terms used throughout the Employment Standards Act and its Regulation. 


Text of Legislation

"assignment of wages" includes a written authorization to pay all or part of an employee's wages to another person;


Policy Interpretation

An assignment of wages is a deduction from wages, authorized in writing by the employee for his or her benefit, such as pension or medical plans, union dues, charitable donations or credit obligations. An example of a credit obligation is an agreement to pay for goods purchased, which may include a purchase from the employer.

An assignment must be in writing specifying the purpose, amount, and duration of the deduction. It must be dated and signed by the employee.

An employer must not, directly or indirectly, withhold, deduct or offset any employee’s earnings for any reason without their written authorization. Such authorization does not include an agreement by an employee to pay any of an employer’s business costs. This type of deduction is a contravention of s.21(2) of the Act. 


Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation

Other references

See Employment Standards Factsheets

Factsheets

Paying Wages
Restaurant Employees