Growing up with employment standards

The Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government has released a series of information bulletins about labour law.

  • Aug. 30, 2012 12:00 p.m.

In order to raise awareness about workplace rights and responsibilities, the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government has released a series of information bulletins and factsheets as Labour Day approaches.

Among the information notes government says all young workers should understand the basic rules that apply to the world of work.

For example there are specific rules that apply to young workers (15 to 24).

For example:

• Under the occupational health and safety regulation, workers younger than 25 years of age must be given health and safety orientation and training that are specific to the workplace.

• Minors (under 19 years of age) may not be employed in places designated “liquor primary”. Where permitted to work, (for example, restaurants), minors must always be under adult supervision.

•  Young workers under 16 cannot work with pesticides.

•  Young workers under 18 cannot work as a blaster or at a mine.

What are employment standards?

The Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that apply to most non-unionized workplaces in B.C.

The act covers wages, hours of work, breaks, allowable deductions, termination of employment and leaves of absence.

If you have questions about employment standards, you can visit one  of the nine branches throughout the province, call 1 800 663-3316 or go online: http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/

Information is available in English, French, Chinese, Punjabi, Hindi, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Spanish.