Minimum Employment Standards
Minimum employment standards legislation regulates matters including: minimum and maximum hours of work, wages, overtime compensation, paid holidays and vacation. Employment standards legislation is intended to establish minimal base of rights and conditions of employment that apply to non-unionized employment in the private sector. These minimum employment standards may also apply to some unionized employees in the public sector.
While you may file an employment standards complaint without the assistance of legal counsel, your likelihood of success and the amount of damages you recover increase significantly by retaining legal counsel with experience representing clients before employment standards tribunal adjudicators.
Federally regulated employment
Part III of the Canada Labour Code contains the minimum employment standards for private sector employees whose employment is federally regulated.
Information about minimum employment standards in the Federal private employment sector can be obtained from the Government of Canada’s Labour Program.
Provincially regulated employment in BC and Alberta
In BC, the Employment Standards Act and the Employment Standards Regulation define the minimum employment standards for private sector employees whose employment is regulated by the Provincial government.
Information about minimum employment standards is available from the Employment Standards Branch. Decisions made by or on behalf of the Director of Employment Standards Branch can be appealed to the Employment Standards Tribunal.
In Alberta, minimum employment standards for private sector employees and some public sector employees are found in Part 2 of the Employment Standards Code.
Further information about minimum employment standards can be obtained from Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.