Canada Labour Code, RSC 1985, c L-2, sets out minimum employment standards for federal employees including standards governing collective bargaining and occupational health and safety. There are three general parts to the Act: Part I: Industrial Relations, Part II: Occupational Health and Safety, and Part III: Standard Hours, Wages, Vacations and Holidays.
Employment Equity Act, RSC 1995, c 44, helps achieve equality in the workplace with particular attention to inequalities that exist for women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities.
Employment Insurance Act, RSC 1996, c 23, outlines the requirements and qualifications for Employment Insurance.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, RSC 2000, c 5, protects personal information collected and distributed electronically for employees in federal jurisdiction.
Provincial Legislation – Employees
Employment Standards Act, RSBC l996, c 113, (ESA) sets out minimum employment standards for provincial employees. On May 30, 2019, the Employment Standards Amendment Act received Royal Assent, and amendments set out therein are now in force.
Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, includes provisions on the scope of coverage and the penalty regime.
Wills, Estates, and Succession Act, ss 175-180 deal with deceased workers’ wages.
Human Rights Code, RSBC l996, c 210, deals with discrimination in employment, among other things.
Labour Relations Code, RSBC 1996, c 244, deals with union membership, collective bargaining, and the role of the Labour Relations Board.
Workers’ Compensation Act, RSBC l996, c 492, governing Act of the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Personal Information Protection Act, SBC 2003, c 63, sets out ground rules for how private sector and not-for-profit organizations may collect, use, or disclose information about an individual.
Provincial Legislation – Contractors
Builder’s Lien Act, SBC l997, c 45, provides that a builder may file a lien against property for work and materials put into that property and sets out the procedure for filing a lien.
Repairers Lien Act, RSBC l996, c 404, states that a repairer may put a lien on chattel for work and materials put into that chattel.
Woodworker Lien Act, RSBC l996, c 491, states that a woodworker may put a lien on logs or timber for work done or services performed.