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6th Edition
or google working in bc your legal rights

Jaydan Cawdry

1. Glossary: (Pages 2 & 21)

a. Averaging Agreement: A person legally appointed or empowered to
act on behalf of another.
b. Collective Agreement: An agreement between employees and
employers which regulates the terms and conditions of employees in
their work environment.
c. Gross Pay: Your pay excluding deductions.
d. Double time: Twice the amount of your current wage.
e. Net Pay: Your take home pay including deductions.
f. Time and a half: One and a half times your current wage.
g. Under the Table: Employment not reported to the state.
h. Variance: When employers, with the agreement of their employees,
ask the Branch to vary or change how parts of the Act apply to them.
2. What is the Employment Standards Act?
A BC law that outlines the rights of employees and the responsibilities of
employers. Sets minimum standards for working conditions.

3. What is the role of the Employment Standards Branch?

Deals with complaints related to the Employment Standards Act.
4. What is the phone number and website of the ESB?
5. List the people who are NOT covered by the ESB.
Federal Government employees, doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, and
people who do not meet the Acts definition of employee.
6. Who are covered by Collective Agreements?
People who belong to unions.
7. What Government issued document must you have in order to be hired in
A Social Insurance Number (SIN).
8. How old must you be to work in BC?
12-14 years old (w/ written permission from the ESB +
parent(s)/guardian(s)), and 15 years old to work w/out restrictions. /2
9. Define minimum wage.
The lowest amount of money employers can pay.
10.What is minimum wage in BC?
Currently $10.85.
11.Define Minimum Daily pay.
If you go to work as requested by your employer, you must be paid for at
least two hours. If you were scheduled for more than eight hours, you must
be paid at least four hours wages.
12.Besides shifts worked, what duties must an employer pay you for.
13.What should be included on your pay cheque?
Agreed upon wage rate, commission, flat or piece rate; Total hours work in
the pay period; Overtime; Deductions; Gross pay; Net pay; Hours banked, if
any; Employers name and address.
14.What can an employer deduct from your wages?
Canada Pension Plan; Employment Insurance Plan; Income tax (in most
cases); Court-ordered garnishes.
15.Define Special Clothing (p.21). Who pays for the upkeep of this?
16.Define Dress Code. Who pays for the upkeep of this?

17.Describe what work breaks are you entitled to.

18.What is a split shift?
When must you be paid overtime?
19.When must you be paid double time?
20.How is weekly overtime calculated?


21.Do employers have to pay you if you are sick and cannot work?
22.What vacation time are you entitled to?
23.What is vacation pay?
24.How many statutory holidays are there in BC
25.How can you be eligible for stat holiday pay?
26.How does the ESA protect you if you take an unpaid leave?
27.Name 6 unpaid leaves which are covered by the ESA?
28.What should you do if you feel your working conditions are unsafe?
29.What does the Human Rights Code state about discrimination in the
workplace? What are the protected grounds?
30.What is a layoff and when does it become a termination?

31.Does an employer need to provide a reason to fire you?

32.What are you entitled to if you are terminated without notice?

33.What is a T4?
34.What are the disadvantages of working under the table?
35.What steps should you take if you have a problem at work?
36.What is the purpose of the Employment Standards Self-help Kit?