Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 1 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
ESA Section 2 – Purpose of this Act
This section explains the purposes of the Employment Standards Act.
2. The purposes of this Act are to
(a) ensure that employees in British Columbia receive at least basic standards of compensation and conditions of employment,
(b) promote the fair treatment of employees and employers,
(c) encourage open communication between employers and employees,
(d) provide fair and efficient procedures for resolving disputes over the application and interpretation of this Act,
(e) foster the development of a productive and efficient labour force that can contribute fully to the prosperity of British Columbia, and
(f) contribute in assisting employees to meet work and family responsibilities.
In interpreting and applying the minimum employment standards as set out in the Act, the Director uses the purposes set out in s.2.
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