Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Assignment of Wages
This section contains definitions for terms used throughout the Employment Standards Act and its Regulation.
"assignment of wages" includes a written authorization to pay all or part of an employee's wages to another person;
An assignment of wages is a deduction from wages, authorized in writing by the employee for his or her benefit, such as pension or medical plans, union dues, charitable donations or credit obligations. An example of a credit obligation is an agreement to pay for goods purchased, which may include a purchase from the employer.
An assignment must be in writing specifying the purpose, amount, and duration of the deduction. It must be dated and signed by the employee.
An employer must not, directly or indirectly, withhold, deduct or offset any employee’s earnings for any reason without their written authorization. Such authorization does not include an agreement by an employee to pay any of an employer’s business costs. This type of deduction is a contravention of s.21(2) of the Act.
Related sections of the Act or Regulation
- s. 21 Deductions
- s. 22, Assignments
- s. 23, Employer’s duty to make assigned payments
- s. 24 How an assignment is cancelled