The rules and process for hiring young people changed on October 15, 2021. Find out more about the child employment permit process.
On August 15, 2021, legislative amendments were made to the Employment Standards Act and Regulation relating to investigative processes. View a list of recent amendments.
The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and work-life balance for employees.
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Not every work issue or type of work is related to B.C. employment standards. See if the standards apply to you.
There are different reasons employees are allowed to take time away from work.
Employment is terminated when an employee quits or is fired.
Employees are paid at least twice a month. They must be paid at least minimum wage.
Employers decide how to advertise a job and hire employees.
Standard work hours are eight hours a day and 40 hours per week.
Employees get paid for statutory holidays if they qualify.
Foreign workers in B.C. are protected from unfair practices.
Farm labour contractors, employment and talent agencies must be licensed.
Some industries or types of workers are subject to specific requirements.
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Try to resolve disputes informally. If this isn't possible, use the formal complaint process.
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