Employers are investigated if they don't follow B.C. employment standards

The Employment Standards Branch investigates employers to check if they're following the Employment Standards Act or Regulation. A complaint is not required in order to investigate an employer.

Investigations related to unpaid wages include a review of payroll records. The Employment Standards Branch will:

  • Audit the records directly
  • Require an employer to conduct a self-audit and review it, or
  • Review an audit completed by a third party hired by the employer

Once the investigation is complete, the Employment Standards Branch will make a written decision called a determination. If an employer has not followed B.C. employment standards, they will be ordered to pay wages owed along with interest and penalties.

The Employment Standards Branch may publish information publicly about employers who do not follow legal requirements.