Employment Standards Self-Help: Solving Workplace Problems
Problems that do not come under the Employment Standards complaint resolution process:
Independent contractors are not employees under the Employment Standards Act.
The relationship between an employer and an independent contractor is based on a contract. If you are having problems getting paid as an independent contractor you will need to seek legal advice. If the amount owing is less than $25,000 you may want to consider starting an action in Small Claims Court.
Disputes over how the Act applies to workers covered under a collective agreement must be resolved between the union and the employer.
You will need to contact your union for more information or assistance.
The Record of Employment (ROE) is a form used by Employment Insurance to document earnings and hours of work for EI claims. If you are having problems getting your ROE from an employer, contact the nearest Service Canada office (Federal Government Blue Pages in the telephone book) or visit the federal government’s employment website.
The rules for employers that come under federal regulation are set out in the Canada Labour Code. The Canada Labour Code covers industrial relations, labour standards, and occupational health and safety.
The Canada Labour Code is administered through regional and district offices throughout Canada.
Most workplace health and safety matters are covered under the Workers Compensation Act. Please see the WorkSafeBC website. If your concern is about living conditions in work camps, please contact your nearest medical health office or regional health authority.