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BC Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Employment Standards Regulation (ESR)

The BC Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Employment Standards Regulation (ESR) govern the employment relationship between an employer and employees where the employees do not belong to a union. The vast majority of workers in BC are protected under this employment standards legislation.

The Employment Standards Act deals with the following employment issues:

  • Purposes and Scope of this Act
  • Hiring Employees/Domestics
  • Requirements for Payment of Wages, Special Clothing and Records
  • Hours of Work, Meal Breaks and Overtime
  • Statutory Holidays and Holiday Pay
  • Special Types of Leave and Jury Duty
  • Annual Vacation and Vacation Pay
  • Termination of Employment and Payments Due
  • Variances
  • Employee Complaints, Investigations and Determinations
  • Enforcement of Employment Standards Act
  • Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Appeals
  • General Provisions
  • Transitional and Consequential Provisions

Note: If you work in a non-unionized workplace then the
Employment Standards Act (ESA), and the
Employment Standards Regulation (ESR)
covers the laws and regulations dealing with working conditions such as minimum wages, hours of work, overtime, vacation, meal breaks, temporary foreign workers, etc.

For more information you can contact the BC Employment Standards Branch:

In British Columbia (Toll free) at 1-800-663-3316

Victoria: 200-880 Douglas St, Tel: 250-952-0469

Richmond & Vancouver: 250-4600 Jacombs Rd, Richmond, BC V6V 3B1

Surrey: 101-10475 - 138 Street, Tel: 604-586-4251

Prince George: 102-1577 7th Avenue, Tel: 250-565-6120

Dawson Creek: 1201-103rd Avenue, Tel: 250-784-2390

Nelson: 310 Ward Street, Tel: 250-354-6550

Kelowna: 102-1690 Powick Road, Tel: 250-861-7404

Nanaimo: 2nd Floor, 6475 Metral Dr., Tel: 250-390-6186

Terrace: 108-3220 Eby Street, Tel: 250-638-6525

For the full text of the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and
the Employment Standards Regulation (ESR).

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