Category Archives: Employment Standards

These entries describe compliance requirements for Canadian employment standards.

Short window to respond to BC Employment Standards review!

British Columbia has a history of sometimes turbulent labour relations. However, we’re a long ways away from the use of British army troops to supress a coal miner’s strike on Vancouver Island just before WW1 or the 1918 shooting of … Continue reading

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How do statutory holidays affect overtime in BC?

Here’s a test of your payroll knowledge: do you know how many overtime hours Katlyn worked and can you explain why? Katlyn’s normal hours of work are Monday to Friday, 8 paid hours per day. For the week, February 12 … Continue reading

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Big picture sometimes works best when reading employment standards

Anyone responsible for ensuring compliance with employment standards, or with source deduction requirements, should have at least some familiarity with the legislation that applies. I’d even go further and say that anyone with these responsibilities should make a conscious, ongoing … Continue reading

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How to avoid pitfalls in vacation policies and practices

Three weeks’ vacation at 6%. Sounds easy doesn’t it. However, vacation policies are complex and unless you pay careful attention, it’s easy to stumble. Here’s how to avoid the major pitfalls. Employers often promise employees so many weeks of paid … Continue reading

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Averaging agreements aren’t a silver bullet

Averaging agreements can be useful tools for employers to help manage overtime costs, but they aren’t a silver bullet. Under the BC employment standards, there are three main benefits from calculating overtime based on an averaging agreement: Overtime on a … Continue reading

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