BC Employment Standards Act Category Page

Articles and resources concerning BC’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) as it pertains to those seeking employment law advice. The content of these articles, and this website generally, is not intended as legal advice and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.

The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and work-life balance for employees.

The “right to disconnect?” Three important legal issues in work-from-home arrangements (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSkPuttEHyA Transcript: In October 2020, the “Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” began meeting regularly. Its mission? To provide recommendations to Canada’s federal government on supporting their workers’ work-life balance and well-being. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rebecca Jackson, a lawyer at Labour Rights Law Office. After the video, if you have [...]

The “right to disconnect?” Three important legal issues in work-from-home arrangements

“Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” is the latest reminder of the employment issues that can arise when employees work from home In October 2020, the “Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” began meeting regularly. Its mission? To provide recommendations to Canada’s federal government on supporting their workers’ work-life balance and well-being. A briefing note on [...]

By |2021-07-26T15:57:51-07:00July 26th, 2021|BC Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Law|

Paid leave for Covid-19 vaccine eligible to BC workers

You may recall that in March 2020, the BC Government amended the Employment Standards Act to allow employees to take job-protected COVID-19 related leave. Recently, the BC Government made another amendment to the Employment Standards Act, to allow employees to take up to three hours off work, with pay, to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This [...]

By |2021-06-01T10:02:02-07:00June 1st, 2021|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19, Tips|

The law behind “I quit”

There’s more to leaving a job than saying “I quit” and packing your stuff into a cardboard box. Before resigning from your employment, you should consult a lawyer to determine what your legal rights and obligations are - and what rights or compensation you might be giving up by leaving. Do I have to [...]

Recalled or Rehired? – Returning to Work After Covid-19 Layoffs

What are the differences between being "recalled" and "rehired" when returning to work after Covid-19 layoffs? As government restrictions on workplaces are becoming more relaxed, businesses that have laid off their workers due to the pandemic can now begin rebuilding their teams. However, employees who are hired back should be aware of the legalities surrounding their [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:46:24-07:00October 21st, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19, Loss of a Job, Tips|

Can “Frustration of Contract” be Used to End My Employment Without Notice or Severance?

Does the "frustration of contract" doctrine allow employers the right to end employment without giving notice or severance amid a global pandemic? As the pandemic continues to adversely affect business operations, there are several important considerations for both employees and employers, especially when the pandemic continues to threaten operations for the unforeseeable future. One of [...]

Guide to Extend Temporary Layoffs

Have you been laid-off past the maximum temporary layoff period? Understand what options are available to you and how you and your employer can apply together for "variance" to extend temporary layoffs. On August 31st, the BC government published an update on its website stating that employers and employees are now able to apply to [...]

By |2021-07-12T14:45:03-07:00October 20th, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19, Loss of a Job|

Can my employer lay me off?

Can my employer lay me off? If you are in a union, this question depends on the language of your collective agreement and we recommend that you contact your union representative. If you are not in a union, the Employment Standards Act only permits temporary layoffs in very limited circumstances. Economic Downturn & Temporary Layoffs [...]

Paid sick leave coming to BC and the provinces?

Paid sick leave coming to BC and the provinces? On 20 May 2020, the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, stated that BC could develop its own paid sick leave program and “go it alone”, but noted that the federal government should take the lead on the initiative. A few days later, the federal government [...]

By |2021-05-13T11:10:43-07:00June 4th, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19|

Breaking news: Job-protection and COVID-19 leave of absence from work for BC workers

Job-protection and COVID-19 for BC Workers On 23 March 2020, the BC Government amended the BC Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) to provide job-protection to employees who are unable to work for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to all employees in BC who are not within Federal sector employment who are ill or [...]

By |2021-05-13T11:10:40-07:00March 24th, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19, Loss of a Job|

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