Written Employment Agreements

Do I need to have written employment agreements? There is no legal requirement to have a written employment agreement. The agreement with an employee could be verbal. However, it is advisable to have a written agreement that clearly sets out the terms and conditions...

Probationary Period for New Employees

Is a new employee automatically subject to a probationary period? No. If you want your new employee to go through a probationary period, then you should clearly state that in in the employment agreement. The reason for having a probationary period is to help the...

What You Need to Know About Working Notice

What should I know about working notice? In Canada, an employer that wants to terminate an employment relationship without cause, must give the employee notice, or pay in lieu of notice. If the employer gives notice and requires the employee to work though the notice...

Are Easter Monday and Boxing Day Statutory Holidays?

Easter Monday and Boxing Day are not statutory holidays in BC? However, some employers choose to give their employees a holiday on either, or both, of these days. There are ten statutory holidays in BC. They are: New Years Day Family Day Good Friday Victoria Day...

Are Employees Entitled to Coffee Breaks?

Do I have to give employees coffee breaks? The Employment Standards Act (British Columbia), does not require an employer to provide employees with coffee breaks. The only requirement imposed by the Employment Standards Act is to provide a half hour lunch break, after...