Employment Standards

The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and life-work balance for employees.

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Do Employment Standards Apply?

Not every work issue, workplace or type of work is covered by B.C. employment standards.

Taking Unexpected Time Off Work

Employees can take time away from work to deal with unexpected illness or life situations.

Handling Absences & Other Disruptions

Employers in B.C. must follow the standards if their business is unexpectedly disrupted.

Make a Complaint

Try to resolve disputes informally. If this isn't possible, use the formal complaint process.

Contact Employment Standards

The Employment Standards Branch can provide information from the standards specific to your work situation.


Employment Standards in B.C.

Hiring Employees

Employers decide how to advertise a job and hire employees.

Hours of Work & Overtime

Standard work hours are eight hours a day and 40 hours per week.

Statutory Holidays

Employees get paid for statutory holidays if they qualify.

Taking Vacation or Leave

There are different reasons employees are allowed to take time away from work.

Quitting, Getting Fired or Laid Off

Employment is terminated when an employee quits or is fired.

Getting Paid for Work

Employees are paid at least twice a month. They must be paid at least minimum wage.

Forms & Resources

Find the forms you need or get more details about specific standards.

Specific Industries

Some industries or types of workers are subject to specific requirements.


Farm labour contractors, employment and talent agencies must be licensed.