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Employment Standards

For Employees

Your employee rights in BC are heavily protected by various pieces of legislation. Laws and regulations are there to protect very basic employee rights like fair compensation, vacation days and sick leave. There are also protections against more serious violations like a toxic work environment, harassment and bullying. 

Navigating Basic Workplace Rights

While these basic BC employee rights might seem minimal, not understanding them can leave you vulnerable manipulative corporate leadership. You might not feel comfortable speaking up at a new job over safety or overworking concerns, but you have to know that your rights are protected. Labor standard in British Columbia exist to help each individual employee against being taken advantage of. Here are the ways in which you are protected:

Fair Pay: A Fundamental Right

Fair pay doesn’t just refer to minimum wage requirements. The Human Rights Code mandates equal pay for employees, irrespective of personal attributes. It’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure unbiased compensation. This includes not only the base salary but also bonuses, benefits, and any other form of compensation. Any form of pay discrimination based on gender, race, age, or other protected characteristics is strictly prohibited.

Safety at Work: A Priority

You should never be in fear of your physical safety in BC, or anywhere in Canada for that matter. Employers must adhere to safety regulations set out by WorkSafeBC. Companies must conduct regular risk assessments, provide necessary training, and implement measures to mitigate workplace hazards. This includes physical safety measures, such as proper equipment and safe facilities, as well as psychological safety measures.

CPP and EI Deductions: A Legal Requirement

Employers have a crucial role to make ensure you will one day qualify for retirement compensation. Employers must deduct Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) contributions from employees’ earnings and remit them to the relevant authorities. These deductions are part of the social safety net that provides financial support to individuals in times of unemployment or retirement.

Caregiving Benefits and Leave

Employee rights in BC also extend to family members and loved ones. If you have someone close to you who is critically ill you could be granted time off. Not only that, but there is a possibility that EI will cover 55% of missed earning. Note that you do not have to be related to the person you are taking care of but a case worker will need to verify your claim and evidence.

Critical Illness and Injury Leave

The same thing goes for you. If you fall victim to an unexpected injury or illness, you’re entitled to 3 days unpaid time off. This time off is protected and only applies if you have worked for your current employer for at least 90 days. You could potentially get more time off but you will need to verify and provide an explanation to your employer. 

Workplace Harassment: A Serious Violation of Human Rights

Harassment at work contradicts the principles of the Human Rights Code. Employers and coworkers must ensure a harassment-free work environment. This includes not only overt forms of harassment, such as verbal abuse or offensive remarks, but also more subtle forms, such as exclusion or undermining.

Protecting Your Rights

When faced with workplace discrimination or harassment, we are committed to supporting employees. Employment claims could be a lengthy and stressful process, which is why having solid legal representation by your side will improve your odds of getting a favorable outcome. From start to finish, Ascent Law can help in a number of ways:

Expert Consultation: Guiding You Through the Process

Our team of legal professionals provides comprehensive consultation and advice on your rights and the best strategies to address discrimination or harassment. We can help you understand the complexities of the law and provide practical advice based on our years of experience. We will know where you stand, on legal grounds, and what additional evidence you might need to secure a better outcome.

Dispute Representation: Advocating for Your Rights

We will represent your interests in disputes with your employer, ensuring your rights are protected. Our experienced lawyers are always there for you to advocate for a fair resolution.

Negotiation and Mediation: Facilitating Resolution

We guide you through negotiation and mediation processes to reach mutually agreeable solutions. Our team has extensive experience in negotiation and mediation, and we can help you communicate effectively and advocate for your interests. We save you time and grief by handling the mediation process with your employer. 

Legal Action: Pursuing Justice

If we feel that you have a strong legal case, we are prepared to take legal action on your behalf. seeking justice for the discrimination or harassment you’ve experienced. We have a strong track record of successful legal action in employment discrimination cases, and we will fight tirelessly for your rights.

A Collective Endeavor: Building an Inclusive Workplace

Addressing employment discrimination and workplace harassment requires collective effort. With knowledge of your rights and our support, employees can confront workplace challenges. Together, let’s build an inclusive and harmonious work environment for the entire British Columbia community.

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