Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS

ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Week


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

 "week" means a period of 7 consecutive days beginning,

(a) for the purpose of calculating overtime, on Sunday,

(b) for the purposes of section 37 and 52.1, on Sunday, and

(c) for any other purpose, on any day;


Policy Interpretation

For the purposes of this Act, a week is a period of seven consecutive days. This is the case regardless of the pay period used by an employer.

When calculating overtime or for any purpose under s.37 (averaging agreements) or s.52.1 (compassionate care leave), a week always starts on Sunday at 12:00 am and ends at midnight the following Saturday.

For any other purpose, such as Part 5 Statutory Holidays, Part 7 Annual Vacation, and Part 8 Termination of Employment, the period of seven consecutive days can begins at 12:00 am on any day of the week.


Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation

ESA

Other

See Employment Standards Factsheets

Factsheets

Hours of Work and Overtime Rules

Annual Vacation