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BC Labour Relations Legislation

BC labour relations covers a number of labour laws and employment law legislation (ACTS), notably:

  • British Columbia Employment Standards Act.
  • British Columbia Labour Relations Code (LRC).
  • British Columbia Public Education Labour Relations Act.
  • British Columbia Public Service Labour Relations Act.

The Employment Standards Act

The Employment Standards Act of BC governs 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 BC Employment Standards Act deals with the following employment issues:

British Columbia Labour Relations Code (LRC)

The BC Labour Relations Code (LRC) legislation governs the relationship between employers and their employees who are represented by a union (for non-union workers see the Employment Standards Act below). This legislation covers the establishment of union representation, collective bargaining, conflict, and grievance resolutions. If you are a member of a union then this law relates to your employment situation.

The Labour Relations Code deals with legislation covering the following employment issues in a unionized workplace:
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Public Education Labour Relations Act
[RSBC 1996] Chapter 382

Governs collective bargaining in the BC public school system.

1. Introductory Provisions

  • Definitions
  • Purpose
  • Application of Labour Relations Code

2. Bargaining Structure

  • Employer bargaining agent
  • Teacher bargaining unit
  • Employee bargaining agent

3. Collective Bargaining

  • Content of collective agreement
  • Agreements on local matters

4. Regulations

  • Power to make regulations

5. Transitional

  • Transitional. collective agreements
  • Transitional. accreditations
  • Transitional. regulations

Schedule 1
Schedule 2

Public Service Labour Relations Act
[RSBC 1996] Chapter 388

This aspect of BC labour relations covers labour legislation dealing with public service workers. It covers the following:

  • Definitions
  • Effect of Labour Relations Code
  • Bargaining agent for government
  • Bargaining units
  • Certification
  • Unfair labour practices
  • Change of certification
  • Collective bargaining
  • Renewal or revision of collective agreement
  • Form of collective agreements
  • Exclusions from collective agreement
  • Content of collective agreement
  • Union security
  • Settlement of disputes
  • Notice of technological change
  • No notice of future technological change
  • No notice of current technological change
  • Report
  • Power to make regulations
  • Offence and penalty
  • Notices
  • Copies to be filed
  • Other Acts

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