To better support employees on an ongoing basis, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act provide up to three days of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees who can't work due to personal illness or injury.
The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and life-work balance for employees.
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Not every work issue, workplace or type of work is covered by B.C. employment standards.
Employees can take time away from work to deal with unexpected illness or life situations.
Employers in B.C. must follow the standards if their business is unexpectedly disrupted.
Try to resolve disputes informally. If this isn't possible, use the formal complaint process.
The Employment Standards Branch can provide information from the standards specific to your work situation.
Employment Standards in B.C.
Employers decide how to advertise a job and hire employees.
Standard work hours are eight hours a day and 40 hours per week.
Employees get paid for statutory holidays if they qualify.
There are different reasons employees are allowed to take time away from work.
Employment is terminated when an employee quits or is fired.
Employees are paid at least twice a month. They must be paid at least minimum wage.
Find the forms you need or get more details about specific standards.
Some industries or types of workers are subject to specific requirements.
Farm labour contractors, employment and talent agencies must be licensed.