Introduction to Employment Law (9:I)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program on August 1, 2023.

This chapter is intended as a basic guide to outline some of the most common issues faced by employees. Each jurisdiction has its own legislation governing employment standards and human rights, and this chapter focuses on the laws of British Columbia. Nothing in this chapter is legal advice; only a lawyer can advise an employee on their specific situation.

Most employment related legal claims fall into one of the three categories discussed in this chapter:

  • Human Rights claims;
  • Violations of the Employment Standards Act; and
  • Common law breaches of employment contracts.

In many cases, there are potential claims in two or even three categories. Consider and explore the potential for claims under each category.

Begin by going through Section III: Checklist.

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