Interpretation Guidelines Manual
British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

employment standards act part 1 – introductory provisions

ESA Section 1 - Definitions - Immediate Family

Contents:

Summary
Text of Legislation
Policy Interpretation
Related Information


Summary

This section contains definitions for terms used throughout the Employment Standards Act and its Regulation.

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Text of Legislation

"immediate family" means

(a) the spouse, child, parent, guardian, sibling, grandchild or grandparent of an employee, and

(b) any person who lives with an employee as a member of the employee's family;

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Policy Interpretation

A broad and liberal interpretation of “immediate family” is considered by the director to include common-law spouses, step-parents, and step-children, or same sex partners and their children.

Any persons will be included as “immediate family” if they reside with the employee as a member of that employee’s family.

An exchange student residing with the employee’s family would be considered “immediate family”.

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Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation

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