Employment Standards

Variances

British Columbia

It is possible for an employer to apply for a variance to exclude employees from certain provisions of the ESA. To apply for a variance, the employer must write a letter to the Director of Employment Standards, and must have the signatures of at least 50 percent of the employees who are to be affected. When reviewing the application, the Director must consider whether the variance is inconsistent with the purpose of the ESA and the Regulation, and whether any losses incurred by the employees are balanced by any gains. For more information see:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/factsheets/variances.

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