Education Seminars

Seminars are free to attend and done over the phone. You need to register at least 24 hours before to reserve your seat.

Register for an education seminar by email to ESB.Compliance@gov.bc.ca. Include the following information:

  • Your name and email address
  • The seminar topic and date would you like to attend
  • Questions you'd like answered during the session

You'll receive a confirmation email (usually within one day) along with dial-in information for the seminar.


Education seminar topics


This education seminar covers the basics of employment standards and the Employment Standards Act. Topics include:

  • Basic definitions
  • Regular wages
  • Hours of work
  • Statutory holiday pay
  • Deductions
  • Annual vacation

Dates and times

  • December 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

This education seminar will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about variances, averaging agreements, overtime and other requirements under the Employment Standards Act. Topics will include:

  • Navigate the variance application process
  • Variance requirements and conditions
  • Understand averaging agreements
  • Record keeping requirements
  • How to comply with an Employment Standards Branch audit

Dates and times

  • To be announced

Learn about the rules and responsibilities of employment agencies under the Employment Standards Act, including:

  • Understand licence requirements and costs
  • Navigate the application and renewal process
  • Record keeping requirements
  • How to charge fees as an employment agency
  • How to provide immigration assistance as an employment agency
  • Security or bond requirements for employment agencies

Dates and times 

  • December 12, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • January 15, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Learn about the rules and responsibilities of talent agencies under the Employment Standards Act, including:

  • Understand licence requirements and costs
  • Navigate the application and renewal process
  • Record keeping requirements
  • How to charge fees as a talent agency
  • Security or bond requirements for talent agencies

Dates and times

  • January 16, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Learn about the rules and responsibilities of farm labour contractors under the Employment Standards Act, including:

  • Understand licence requirements and costs
  • Navigate the application and renewal process
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Security or bond requirements for farm labour contractors

Dates and times 

  • March 17, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • April 22, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • May 14, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

This education seminar provides a general overview of employment standards and how they relate to the rights and entitlements of domestic workers. Topics include:

  • Wages
  • Hours of work
  • Terms of employment
  • Records of hours

Dates and times

  • To be announced