Taking time off


Employees can take time off work for vacation or for life situations


Annual vacation

After one year of work, employees get to take vacation days – time off with pay.


Job-protected leaves of absence

Employees can take a leave of absence for things like family responsibilities or jury duty. An employee's job is protected while they are on leave.


Sick days

Employees must give notice to their employer if they are unable to work because of illness.

Employees can take up to three days of unpaid, job-protected personal illness or injury leave. To qualify, an employee must have been employed for 90 calendar days.


Statutory holidays

A statutory holiday does not necessarily mean employees get a day off. Instead, employees may qualify for statutory holiday pay.


Unexpected situations

Employees can take time away from work to deal with unexpected illness or life situations.

Employers need to follow B.C. employment standards if their business is unexpectedly disrupted or employees must be absent from work.


Find out what you can do


If you're having issues at work, find out what you can do: