Interpretation Guidelines Manual
British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

Employment Standards Regulation - Part 1 - Interpretation

ESR Definitions Section 1(2) "temporary layoff"

Contents:

Summary
Text of Legislation
Policy Interpretation
Related Information


Summary

This section explains when a temporary layoff becomes termination of employment.

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Text of Legislation

(2) In section 1 of the Act, in the definition of “temporary layoff”, “exceeds” means exceeds by not more than 24 hours.

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Policy Interpretation

In s.1 of the Employment Standards Act, the definition of “temporary layoff” means:
  1. in the case of an employee who has a right of recall, a layoff that exceeds the specified period within which the employee is entitled to be recalled to employment, and
  2. in any other case, a layoff of up to 13 weeks in any period of 20 consecutive weeks;
For the purposes of the definition of “temporary layoff” in the Act, subsection (a) applies to all unionized employees with a right of recall in a collective agreement. Under s.1(2) of the Regulation, “exceeds” means the specified recall cannot be exceed by more than 24 hours.

An employee’s employment is considered terminated if they are not recalled within 24 hours after their specified recall date.

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Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation Other

See www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/facshts/

Factsheet

Termination of Employment

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