Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
ESA Section 1 – Definitions – Week
This section contains definitions for terms used throughout the Employment Standards Act and its Regulation.
"week" means a period of 7 consecutive days beginning,
(a) for the purpose of calculating overtime, on Sunday,
(b) for the purposes of section 37 and 52.1, on Sunday, and
(c) for any other purpose, on any day;
For the purposes of this Act, a week is a period of seven consecutive days. This is the case regardless of the pay period used by an employer.
When calculating overtime or for any purpose under s.37 (averaging agreements) or s.52.1 (compassionate care leave), a week always starts on Sunday at 12:00 am and ends at midnight the following Saturday.
For any other purpose, such as Part 5 Statutory Holidays, Part 7 Annual Vacation, and Part 8 Termination of Employment, the period of seven consecutive days can begins at 12:00 am on any day of the week.
Related sections of the Act or Regulation
- s.1, Definitions “day”
- s.1, Definitions “overtime wages”
- s.36, Hours free from work
- s.37, Agreements to average hours of work
- s.40, Overtime wages for employees not working under an averaging agreement
- Parts 5, 7, and 8