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B.C. Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference - 2019 Edition
By: Gavin Marshall, M.Sc., LL.B., Ryan Copeland, B.Sc., LL.B., Keri Bennett, B.F.A., J.D.
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The B.C. Employment Standards Act provides the minimum standards for working in British Columbia.

Designed to give human resources practitioners and their advisors a concise summary of employers’ obligations under the law, this Quick Reference sets out the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in British Columbia workplaces. It covers issues such as minimum wage, overtime, hours of work, vacations, statutory holidays, various leaves of absence, payroll records, temporary layoffs, and termination of employment. The guide also includes a discussion of the definition of an employee (and the differences between employees and independent contractors), the relationship between the common law and the ESA, the applicability of the ESA to unionized employees, various classes of individuals exempted from certain parts of the legislation, and complaint, investigation, enforcement, and determination procedures.

The book details recent changes to the Act by topical heading and explains the new and revised compliance requirements. The B.C. Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference – 2019 Edition gives you quick access to all the standards and provisions you need to know. In addition to an overview of the B.C. Employment Standards Act and a discussion of the historical background of the legislation, this guide also includes the full text of the Act and its regulations.

New in 2019 Edition:

  • Information about amendments to the British Columbia Employment Standards Act over the last 12 months.
  • Amendments to leave entitlements under Bill 6, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2018, including pregnancy leave, parental leave, crime-related child disappearance leave, child death leave and compassionate care leave.
  • Case law developments in 2018.
  • Information on the British Columbia Law Institute Consultation Paper, prepared by the Employment Standards Act Reform Project Committee, including information on the changes recommended by the Committee.


About the Author

Gavin Marshall M.Sc., LL.B., is a partner at Roper Greyell, where he practises labour, employment and workplace human rights law with an emphasis on building lasting client relationships. He regularly advises on matters of occupational health and safety, labour relations and crisis management. Gavin regularly advises and represents clients in employment litigation, injunctive relief, collective bargaining and strategic advice. He is highly sought after for wrongful dismissal and other workplace legal disputes, including enforcement of restrictive covenants and post-employment obligations, workplace human rights, and administrative law and labour relations issues such as contract negotiation. Gavin has effectively represented clients in every level of court in British Columbia and all British Columbia workplace administrative tribunals, as well as the federal Human Rights Tribunal and Canada Labour Relations Board. Gavin is a frequent and sought-after speaker, offering continuing legal education and professional development seminars for a variety of professions. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.

Ryan Copeland B.Sc., LL.B., is a partner at Roper Greyell, where he provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Ryan assists employers in managing employee and labour-related risk through advice and consultation on matters such as harassment, absenteeism, health and safety and the drafting and interpretation of workplace policies and employment contracts. His process is to become a trusted partner in considering and providing solutions to long term business objectives. Ryan also helps clients navigate through various litigation processes, including at the courts, labour arbitrations, labour boards, human rights tribunals, WorkSafeBC, and other administrative tribunals. Ryan represents clients as lead spokesperson at the bargaining table and as counsel at interest arbitrations. He holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia and an LL.B. from the University of Victoria.

Keri Bennett, B.F.A., J.D., is a partner at Roper Greyell, where she provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas of workplace law and leads the firm’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Law practice. She represents public bodies and private organizations in response to access requests, as well as complaints, audits, investigations and inquiries before the federal and provincial privacy commissioners’ offices. She is also the Chair of the CBA Freedom of Information and Privacy Section (B.C. Branch). Keri maintains an active employment law practice and regularly advises employers on employment, labour and human rights matters. She has appeared before administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators and the courts. Keri holds a B.F.A. from the University of Regina and a J.D. from the University of Toronto.