Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Immediate Family
This section contains definitions for terms used throughout the Employment Standards Act and its Regulation.
"immediate family" means
(a) the spouse, child, parent, guardian, sibling, grandchild or grandparent of an employee, and
(b) any person who lives with an employee as a member of the employee's family;
A broad and liberal interpretation of “immediate family” is considered by the director to include common-law spouses, step-parents, and step-children, or same sex partners and their children.
Any persons will be included as “immediate family” if they reside with the employee as a member of that employee’s family.
An exchange student residing with the employee’s family would be considered “immediate family”.
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