Dismissing an employee in B.C.: Common law vs. employment standards legislation

Two regimes in B.C. provide different routes to cover common law and employment standards requirements
By Andres Barker
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/01/2015

Employment standards legislation in all jurisdictions provides minimum standards and limitations for employers regarding how they treat their employees in various aspects of the job. HR professionals and employers must keep these standards in mind as they run their businesses. In British Columbia, employers have another layer of administration to deal with — the Employment Standards Branch.

The Employment Standards Branch has its own administrative procedures on enforcing the province’s employment standards legislation. The result is the B.C. has two different streams of enforcement, depending on whether the issue at hand deals directly with legislative rights or common law rights.