Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS

ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Collective Agreement


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

"collective agreement" means the same as in the Fishing Collective Bargaining Act, the Labour Relations Code, or the Public Service Labour Relations Act;


Policy Interpretation

A collective agreement is a set of terms and conditions of employment that has been agreed to by an employer and a union. The nature of the employment determines which of the three statutes would apply.

  • In the Fishing Collective Bargaining Act, a collective agreement is a written agreement between a trade union and an employer (or an employer organization authorized by the employer). The agreement provides for minimum fish prices, share arrangements between the fishing vessel owner and crew members, hours of work, or other conditions of employment. The agreement also may include any similar existing agreement that was entered into before this Act came into force.
  • In the Labour Relations Code, a collective agreement is a written agreement between a trade union and an employer (or an employer's organization authorized by the employer). The agreement provides for rates of pay, hours of work, or other conditions of employment, which may include compensation to dependent contractors for furnishing their own tools, vehicles, equipment, machinery, material, or any other thing.
  • In the Public Service Labour Relations Act, a collective agreement is a written agreement between the government and a trade union. The agreement contains terms and conditions of employment of employees, including rate of wages or salaries, hours of work, and other working conditions.

Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation

ESA

Other references

See Employment Standards Factsheets

Factsheets

Collective Agreements and the Employment Standards Act