Understanding the rules of overtime in Canada ensures you are in line with the standard payment of employees when they work overtime or for more hours than the normal work period. In most Canadian provinces, if not all, the overtime rate is 1.5 times the workers’ standard compensation, and it’s usually paid after a worker or an employee works more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
However, there are quite a few exceptions to this rule based on location, payment structure, and position. Learning and adhering to the specific overtime rules in any Canadian provinces where your business is located, prevents your it from being penalized, and keeps you and your team on the same page.
This blog post focuses on the rules, guidelines and general practices as regarding working overtime in British Columbia Province.
Overtime In British Columbia Province
British Columbia overtime laws follow the normal overtime in Canada structure of 1.5 times the standard pay for Forty (40) hours worked per week. However, the daily structure is unique in both hours worked and compensation was given. British Columbia still keeps the same eight-hour workday, but workers receive the standard 1.5 times their standard payment package only for the first four (4) extra hours.
After working for Twelve (12) hours, each additional hour is paid double the employee’s standard wages. For example, if a worker worked for 13 hours they would receive 1.5 times their standard pay for four hours, as well as an additional double their base pay for 1 hour worked past 12 hours.
Overtime terms may vary if the employer and worker enter into an averaging agreement. An averaging agreement is when hours worked are calculated by finding the average of one, two, three, or four weeks. For instance, an employee may work four 10-hour shifts per week, instead of the traditional five eight-hour shifts.
They are still working 40 hours per week, but they will not be paid overtime for the extra two hours worked. Or an employee may work Twenty (20) hours in one week and then 60 the next. They are still working Eighty (80) hours total over a 2-week period, so they are working an average of 40 hours weekly.
Using the instance of the employee who works four 10-hour shifts per week, if the employee worked an extra 10-hour shift in a the week, they would be compensated 1.5 times their usual standard pay for that additional 10 hours.
Just like overtime rules in Alberta, employees in British Columbia may also substitute time off for overtime pay, once the employer and employee have a written agreement.