Interpretation Guidelines Manual
British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations

Employment Standards Regulation - Part 4 - Minimum Wages

ESR Section 18.1 - Minimum wage - liquor servers

Contents:

Summary
Text of Legislation
Policy Interpretation
Related Information


Summary

This section explains the application of the minimum wage rate for liquor servers.

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Text of Legislation


Minimum wage — liquor server

18.1 (1) In this section, “liquor server” means an employee

(a) whose primary duties are as a server of food or drink or both, and

(b) who, as a regular part of his or her employment, serves liquor directly to customers, guests, members or patrons in premises for which a licence to sell liquor has been issued under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

(2) The minimum wage for a liquor server is $9.00 an hour.

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Policy Interpretation

Section 16 of the Employment Standards Act requires that employees must be paid at least the minimum wage as set out in the regulations. This section of the Regulation sets out the minimum wage that applies to employees who serve liquor during the course of their employment.

Subsection (1)

There are two parts to the definition of “liquor server” in this section. An employee must fulfill both parts in order to be considered a liquor server. First, the employee’s primary employment duties must include serving food and beverages directly to customers, guests, members or patrons. Second, servers must work in premises for which a licence has been issued under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, and serve liquor as a regular part of their duties. 

The liquor server minimum wage does not apply to all servers, or to all employees who work in licensed premises. The following employees who do not meet both parts of the definition of “liquor server” are covered by the regular minimum wage:

  • Servers who work in unlicensed premises;
  • Servers who work in licensed premises but who do not serve liquor as a regular part of their employment duties;
  • Other employees of licensed premises whose regular employment duties do not include serving customers (hosts/hostesses, bussers, dishwashers or other kitchen staff).

Subsection (2)


As of May 1, 2012, the minimum wage for a liquor server is $9.00 an hour. For further information on the regular minimum wage which applies to employees who are not covered by the liquor server minimum wage, see Regulation s. 15 – Minimum hourly wage.

This is an increase from the rate of $8.75 that was in effect from November 1, 2011 until April 30, 2012.

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Related Information

Related sections of the Act or Regulation

ESR

Other:

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


Factsheets
Minimum Wage Rate for Liquor Servers

Minimum Wage

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