Minimum Daily Pay

An employee who reports for work must be paid for at least two hours, even if they work less than two hours. If the employee is scheduled for more than eight hours, they must be paid for at least four hours.

If work stops for a reason beyond the employer’s control, the employee must be paid their minimum daily pay or the actual time worked, whichever is longer.

Example 1: A grocery store employee reports to work for a four-hour shift. The manager sends the employee home before work starts because the store is not busy. The employee is entitled to be paid for two hours minimum daily pay.

Example 2: A golf course employee reports to work for a 10-hour shift. An hour into the shift, the employee is sent home. The employee is entitled to receive four hours minimum daily pay.


There are some situations when minimum daily pay is not required


An employee is only paid for time actually worked

If they're unfit to work

If they do not meet WorkSafeBC health and safety regulations

If they ask to leave early (in this case, employers need to have proof that the employee made the request to leave early, and that they were not following a request from the employer)


An employee is paid according to the rules of another agreement

If they're is under an approved written variance issued by the Employment Standards Branch



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