Hiring Employees

Employers must provide employment agreements that meet all minimum standards including minimum wage, minimum hours of work, vacation time and pay, statutory holidays and ending employment.


Employers and employees cannot agree to working arrangements that are for less than the minimum standards


Explain workplace standards

Employers need to clearly communicate to employees what their rights are for working in B.C. They should do so by posting and sharing the information in these documents:

Employers should also communicate the specific terms and conditions of employment in writing. A job description is not required, but it can help new employees know what is expected of them.


Do not give false information about wages or employment conditions

Employers are not allowed to misrepresent an employment offer to convince potential employees to work for them.

They also cannot pay an employee less than the wage agreed upon, even if the employee isn't performing as well as expected. In these situations, employers may choose to end employment.


Employers need to follow specific rules for hiring different types of workers


Hiring young people under the age of 15

Before you employ anyone under the age of 15, there are special rules you must follow.


Using an employment agency to hire

Anyone who is paid to recruit employees must be licensed by the provincial government. A licence is not required for agencies that recruit for only one employer. Agencies must not ask for payment from people looking for work.


Hiring domestic workers

To hire a domestic worker you need to:

  • Have a written employment agreement
  • Register with the Employment Standards Branch within 30 days of the worker starting

Find out how to meet the requirements for hiring domestic workers.


Hiring farm labour workers

Farm labour contractors provide workers to plant, cultivate or harvest agricultural products. Even though they may work for different farms, the workers are the employees of the farm labour contractor.


Hiring temporary foreign workers

Starting in the fall 2019, employers who want to hire temporary foreign workers will need to be registered with the provincial government.