Now updated: Booklet on work & the law

April 17, 2019

As part of our recent wave of booklet updates, we've updated our cornerstone title on legal rights in the workplace, Essentials of Work & the Law (formerly Working in BC). This booklet explains the rights of workers to get paid, to vacation and leaves from work, to a safe workplace, and to be free of discrimination. It covers the steps to take if you have a problem at work, and your rights if you're fired or leave your job.

This update features:

  • Updated content. The booklet is now current to March 2019.

  • More practical guidance. More tips, more user stories, and more step-by-step guidance to help you (for example) prepare for getting a job or deal with a problem at work.

  • Our fresh new look. This update features our new look for People's Law School booklets, with a more readable font and layout.

We've also changed the name of the booklet to Essentials of Work & the Law. The new title emphasizes the focus on your legal rights as a worker, and how employment laws apply to you in your workplace.

The updated booklet is available as a PDF download. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown publications.

Many thanks to our legal reviewers Ashley Syer, Mary Thibodeau, and Leanne M. Walsh for reviewing this update for legal accuracy. 

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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