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First, let’s talk about your rights

Currently, B.C.’s employment standards (our laws that set a bare minimum of rights) look like this:

  • Employers in B.C. do not need to have “just cause” to fire you
  • Within the first 3 months of employment (the “probationary period”) an employer can fire you without giving you advance notice or a reason.
  • After 3 months, an employer must either (a) give you written advance notice, or (b) pay you compensation depending on how long you’ve worked for them (they can also do a combination of a and b).

If you’re fired, your rights to pay or advance written notice look like this:

  • After 3 months = 1 week pay and/or 1 week advance notice
  • After 12 months = 2 weeks pay and/or 2 weeks advance
  • After 3 years = 3 weeks pay and/or 3 weeks notice
  • Beyond 3 years = add one additional weeks pay/ or advance weeks notice up to a max of 7.

We want to hear what you think about the rights that you have when it comes to being fired.

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